exactly Ascot, but Mumbai's Mahalaxmi Racecourse is
probably as close as you can get to rubbing shoulders
with high society fillies and cocktail party stallions.
During the racing season between November and February,
few events are as well attended as the Mumbai Derby, an
annual affair with all the traditional English trimmings:
hats, gloves, cucumber sandwiches, scones. And of course
magnificent thoroughbreds, belonging mostly to Indian
booze barons and local industrialists. But save for
hardcore punters, these are merely the sideshow.