Cutting in from here to the main stand, hundreds of motorbikes and mopeds are parked together tightly on the grass as anticipation builds for the day of racing ahead.
Horse racing is the biggest sport in Mauritius.
It gets more column inches than any other sport and there are live televised races every Saturday during the season. Indeed, it is not unusual for upto 20,000 spectators to sometimes attend, especially for the major races such as the Maiden Cup. Crowds though have dipped in recent years and now average 7,000 for the weekly meetings.
There are small betting kiosks all around and battered TVs broadcasting live meetings. Many punters are so keen to get their first bets on that they still haven't removed their motorbike helmets as they pay at the counters. Mauritians love betting although many of the bets placed are no more than a couple of pounds.
There is much excited debate about today's first race with Duke the Duke and Young Royal heavily fancied. Quite apart from the horse racing, Le Plaine is a great window on Mauritian life.
In the lodges, members and visitors get the chance to meet the owners and trainers as well as the racecourse manager and even the commentator. It quickly becomes apparent that the management of the MTC go out of their way to make their guests very welcome.
Most present are of course locals but there are also visiting racing enthusiasts from around the world, curious holidaymakers and even honeymooning couples. The lodges convey a subtle sense of colonial heritage with wooden chairs, ceiling fans, paintings and black and white photos of the course.
Most people's eyes are glued to the big screen opposite the grandstand as the horses race on the far end of the course.The atmosphere suddenly explodes as the horses turn into the home straight.
The cheering and screaming intensifies as if a ripple of electricity is flowing through the stand.
Dozens and then hundreds begin to jump up and down shouting excitedly. Duke the Duke has won the first race of the day - the 1500 metres Velogic Container Services Trophy. It is a popular victory.
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Amongst today's crowd is a Russian TV crew filming for one of Russia's most popular reportage shows. There is also a group of English men on holiday, and one honeymooning couple is getting lots of attention up in the lodges. The majority of the crowd are, of course, a multicultural hotchpotch of Hindu, Muslim, Tamil, Chinese, Creole and French Mauritians. You sense that for many a day at the races in Mauritius is very much a social event; one where the cultural heritage of the day is central. It is an intimate racecourse where many attendees have been coming since their parents and grandparents first brought them as a child.
Many of the horses racing here today are from South Africa. They are brought over from Johannesburg and Cape Town due to the close proximity of Mauritius and a similar climate for periods of the year.
There are no big household names on the card today but many world famous jockeys such as Frankie Dettori love to race here as they combine work with pleasure with a holiday on the beautiful island of Mauritius in the middle of the Indian Ocean.
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The photofinish room high above the winning post is extremely professional with almost a dozen staff using state of the art equipment. The commentator whips the crowd up into a frenzy with his exciting narration. He clearly knows what he is doing after 22 years in the job.