Horse Racing In Nevis, West Indies
By Claire Yearwood
Horses have always played an important role in Nevis, and horse racing is fast becoming one of Nevis' biggest tourist attraction. Indian Castle race track is set in an idyllic spot.
The view from the newly built grandstand is stunning. Palm trees sweep down to the coast and beyond it, the islands of Montserrat and Redonda rise sharply out of the bright blue sea. Nevis Peak gazes
majestically onto the track and there is nearly always a gentle breeze to keep you cool.
Racing in Nevis started many years ago. The Nevis Turf and Jockey Club was formed in the sixties.
Its venue has changed many times. Indian Castle
would appear to be its final resting place. The new grandstand was officially opened in February 1998 and lends an air of permanence to the surroundings. It boasts six private boxes, bathrooms facilities, a well stocked bar, and betting booth. A private box may be hire for the day. Vendors are dotted around the grounds, no need to bring a picnic. Sandy's barbecued chicken is a must, and quite simply the best.
Music is an integral part of Nevis, Soca and Reggae waft through the crowds and when the races end the volume is turned up and the dancing begins. There is usually a five-card race
incorporating local thoroughbred horses, with a feature race of a mile.
The gates open at 1:00 PM and the first race is scheduled for 3:00 PM. Relax and enjoy in an action packed day at
one of the most lively race courses in the world.
Website Authors Note:
On this page I used an article that one of my friend's wife wrote as I don't know much about horse racing. I have only been to one race at Indian Castle. While I enjoyed the event
and would go more often, it seems that whenever I am in Nevis there aren't any races scheduled. The best part of the races, to me anyway, was just milling around with everybody, having a Carib Beer, and listening to great music while viewing some of the best natural surroundings that Nevis has to offer.
I don't know if this is true or not, but somebody once told me that Indian Castle is one of the few tracks in the world where the horses run clockwise instead of counterclockwise around the
track. By the way, Claire is DEAD ON with her comment on Sandy's chicken!
Nevis Turf & Jockey Club
P.O. Box 497