A day at the races – horse racing Mauritian style

Situated at Champ de Mars, Port Louis, on the west coast of Mauritius is the oldest racecourse in the southern hemisphere.

Race course in Port Louis, Mauritius
Horse racing in Port Louis, Mauritius

Set against a stunning backdrop with mountains on one side and sea on the other, the racecourse at Champ de Mars was established in 1812.

Today, it’s open from May to November each year. Crowds of up to 30,000 gather every Saturday, and the races start at approximately 12.30pm until 4.30pm.

The atmosphere is electrifying as the horses set off around the course. In between the races, loud music keeps the mood upbeat and spectators can mill about.

Entry is free or there’s a small charge to sit at the Lodge for a bird’s eye view of the finishing line. Alternatively, drive up to the Citadel that overlooks the racecourse. From here you can look down on the action, and take in the view across the mountains and out to sea.

To find out more, visit the Mauritius Turf Club website that includes the latest results and news from Champ de Mars.

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