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Horse Racing in Mauritius

Spend your weekend like a local at the Champ de Mars watching horse racing

Best time: March–early December

Horse Racing
Horse Racing

Horse racing competitions are a cherished tradition of the island.

The Champ de Mars Racecourse first opened its doors in 1812 and since then was playing an enormous role in the life of Mauritians, attracting tens of thousands of people each weekend during the racing season, from March to early December. Races are accompanied by Mauritian music and dance shows, making it an incredible fusion of local traditions.

Here you can witness local jockeys racing on their beautiful thoroughbred horses in a most lively atmosphere and even place a small bet on the horse you like to make the event more exciting!

Practical info

When is the best time to visit Mauritius to experience horse racing at Champ de Mars?

The perfect time to experience horse racing at the Champ de Mars racecourse in Mauritius is from March to early December, which is the racing season. Plenty of locals gather to support their respective horses and jockeys, and you will see and hear lots of noise and merriment. Apart from these, spectators can also enjoy traditional performances, music, and colorful events. Show more

Where is the Champ de Mars Racecourse located in Mauritius?

Mauritius's Champ de Mars Racecourse, which is among the most renowned horse racing centers globally, is in the capital city of Port Louis. The racecourse is easily accessible from anywhere, be it by public transportation, driving, or a taxi, and has a central location within the town. Show more

What is the history of horse racing in Mauritius and its cultural significance?

Horse racing in Mauritius is not just a beloved sport but also a cultural symbol. The French introduced it during the colonial era, and it has become wildly popular among the locals ever since. Horse racing isn't just about watching horse races, but it's also a social event that brings together people from diverse cultures and backgrounds. People often enjoy traditional music and dance performances alongside racing events, making it a feast for the senses. Show more

Can tourists place bets on the horse races and what is the minimum bet amount?

Yes, visitors can bet on horse races at Champ de Mars racecourse, and a minimum bet of around Rs10-20 (roughly from 0.25 to 0.50 USD) is common. However, tourists must remember that gambling is a serious issue in Mauritius, and they should spend accordingly and sensibly. Show more

Are there any traditional Mauritian music and dance performances during the horse racing events at Champ de Mars Racecourse?

Horse racing events in Mauritius often feature traditional Sega dance performances and Mauritian music. Mauritians come together to drum, sing lyrical songs, and move to the beat of the music. The spectacular and colorful events offer a unique opportunity to indulge in Mauritian culture and customs while also experiencing the thrill of horse racing. Show more

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