Royal Turf Club ousted from century-old horse-racing track

Royal Turf Club ousted from century-old horse-racing track

A horse race is organised at the Royal Turf Club in Dusit district, Bangkok. (File photo)
A horse race is organised at the Royal Turf Club in Dusit district, Bangkok. (File photo)

The Crown Property Bureau has demanded the Royal Turf Club leave the Nang Loeng horse-racing track in Dusit district, Bangkok, in 180 days or September after its lease expired 19 years ago.

Media reported that Anant Waiwitaya, a legal affairs official of the bureau, wrote to the club on Wednesday to demand the departure.

The letter referred to three lease contracts for the track, its five-storey stand, two six-storey parking buildings, a five-storey management building, a one-storey structure and a swimming pool.

The six-month contracts were signed on Sept 29, 1999. The rents range from 10,000-30,000 baht a month.

The bureau wrote that the club had to leave the compound within the set deadline because the bureau had to use the land and the buildings.

The horse-racing track was officially opened in 1916 or 102 years ago.

Initiatives to relocate it were discussed during the previous governments of Chuan Leekpai and Thaksin Shinawatra. Pattaya was once designated for its new location but the board of the Royal Turf Club cited financial constraints as a major obstacle.

In 2003, the relocation cost was estimated at about 1 billion baht.


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