Update : April 25, 2020
- In our younger days, Rangoon Turf Club held horse races probably every week end.
- U Chit Khine, father of U Myint Khine (Norman, SPHS57, C63), served as Secretary of the Turf Club.
- Per U Thein Han, four members of Rangoon Turf Club were invited in 1958 as Guests of Hong Kong Turf Club. They were entertained with a special cruise.
- Several medical doctors and business men were Patrons.
- Newspapers ran columns about the forthcoming horse races and their tips on which horses they think will win (take first place) or place (take second place).
- The races are based on the class (e.g. age, height) of the horses.
To give a fair chance to the competing horses, the past winners have to carry additional weight as handicap.
[Per U Khin Maung Zaw (KMZ, EC76)] :
In the 70s and early 80s, there was a running joke about Hong Kong, where the three most powerful people there were the viceroy, chairman or head of the Chamber of Commerce and the President of the Turf club.
- Three specified races constitute the “Treble Tote”.
- One has to bet all three winners to claim the Grand Prize.
Lost time and money
- Many lost time trying to guess the winners.
- Lost money betting on the wrong horses.
- U Ne Win declared that “Horse Racing would be banned [for the good of the people].”
Grapevine says that U Ne Win did not attend the Martyrs’ Day celebrations, since he wanted to be in the UK for the Derby.
- We had never been to the racing ground.
- Thein Wai (SPHS63) asked several classmates if they would like to visit the Rangoon Turf Club before it would be closed forever.
His father (Dr. Ko Gyi) was a Patron of the Club.
- We saw some “Nwa Pwe” (bullock cart races) that supplement the regular horse races.