The glorious uncertainty of the Sport of Racing has a worthy compatriot in the town of Nuwara Eliya – the weather! Both can be as fickle and unpredictable as the other and you would probably need a photo finish to determine the winner on any given Race Day at the Royal Turf Club (RTC).

But Saturday August 20 dawned bright and clear and the sun came out shining on the Racecourse and all of Nuwara Eliya. It was almost as if the weather Gods were as excited about the start of the new Racing Season conducted under the auspices of the RTC. Now it would be a race against time to see if the card of 6 Races followed by an Auction Sale of Thoroughbreds would go through without the rain playing spoilsport.