Photos | The 76th Indian Derby: Mumbai keeps its hats on

The crown jewel of Indian horseracing, the Indian Derby at Mahalaxmi Racecourse returned for its 76th edition on February 4, 2018 in Mumbai drawing spectators in their sartorial best with wide-brimmed hats, suits and summer dresses.

Updated On Feb 06, 2018 09:21 AM IST
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A young woman flaunts a dramatic hat at Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai where the Indian Derby 2018 was held on Sunday, February 4. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2018 09:21 AM IST

A young woman flaunts a dramatic hat at Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai where the Indian Derby 2018 was held on Sunday, February 4. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

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The Indian annual thoroughbred horse race is not just about horses. Fashion has always been an important part of the Indian Derby, and elaborate headgear is the norm. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)
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The Indian annual thoroughbred horse race is not just about horses. Fashion has always been an important part of the Indian Derby, and elaborate headgear is the norm. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

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The weekend racing carnival saw evening races on February 3, while Sunday’s races started at 2.30pm. The Derby has always called for formal dressing. Here, a young woman flaunts a Japanese-style umbrella to beat the heat. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)
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The weekend racing carnival saw evening races on February 3, while Sunday’s races started at 2.30pm. The Derby has always called for formal dressing. Here, a young woman flaunts a Japanese-style umbrella to beat the heat. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

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Women spectators commonly sport dramatic hats with wide brims, ornamentations and bold hues. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)
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Women spectators commonly sport dramatic hats with wide brims, ornamentations and bold hues. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

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A young girl chose to go floral for her visit to the races on Sunday at Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)
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A young girl chose to go floral for her visit to the races on Sunday at Mahalaxmi racecourse in Mumbai. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

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It’s not just the children who channelled summer at the Derby. The wide-brimmed, straw-fashioned hats have been a common sight at horse races over the years. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)
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It’s not just the children who channelled summer at the Derby. The wide-brimmed, straw-fashioned hats have been a common sight at horse races over the years. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

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Spectators don hats decorated with bright-textured ribbons and bows. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)
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Spectators don hats decorated with bright-textured ribbons and bows. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

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One of the premier, elite sporting activities in the city, the first Derby was held in 1943 in Mumbai. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)
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One of the premier, elite sporting activities in the city, the first Derby was held in 1943 in Mumbai. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

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The Indian Derby attracts around 30,000 people to Mahalaxmi every year, and is traditionally held on the first Sunday of February. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2018 09:21 AM IST

The Indian Derby attracts around 30,000 people to Mahalaxmi every year, and is traditionally held on the first Sunday of February. (Pratik Chorge / HT Photo)

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