THE REVIVAL of horse racing in Lucknow that began five years ago is entering a new season and takes its first trot this Sunday before beginning to gallop on the following weekends. President of Lucknow Race Fund (LRF) Brigadier SK Khajuria, and President of Genisis Club Pankaj Rastogi, jointly announced the beginning of the new season at a Press conference held on Friday morning at the Officers Mess of Sub-Area Command, Central Army Command.
“We are determined to restore the Lucknow Race Course’s lost glory. We will leave no stone unturned to improve the quality of races by inducting more and more thoroughbred horses and adding more luster to the races here,” said Brigadier Khajuria.
While Rastogi said: “From this season we are entering into hard-core marketing to sell the races across the country. Efforts are on to bring in celebrities, sponsors, horse owners and buyers.”
The Genesis Club had joined hands with LRF in the revival of races some years ago and the races have been attracting crowds in all the major races. “We would make the races more attractive for race enthusiasts, punters, casual betting enthusiasts, youth, elderly and kids. We have plans to begin riding school for children and horse rides for children during the races,” said Brigadier Khajuria.
“As the revival process has already taken off, we are trying to ‘inspire’ the tourism department to put the Lucknow Race Course on the tourist map of Lucknow tourism,” said Rastogi. Races have already become a kind of rare event that attracts elite as well as common citizens—and all age groups of different classes. They already have evolved into a wonderful mix of sporting activity, entertainment and picnics.
“We have planned three or four races of six to eight horses each almost on all Sundays. Attractive and enhanced prize money would be given to winning horses and incentives even to losing horses, owners and jockeys,” said Brigadier Khajuria. The season that begins on Sunday will go on till April 1.