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Racy Sunday

THE FIRST Blue Ribbon race of the season, organised by the Lucknow Race Fund, is going to be held today at the Lucknow Race Course. It will be the Army Commander?s Cup Race. This is the first time since races were revived here five seasons ago that two events have been slated for the same day. The prize money this time has gone up to Rs 25,000 from a mere Rs 4,000 last year. The first race will commence at 11.45 am and the fourth and the final race will be the title race starting at 3.25 pm.

india Updated: Nov 12, 2006 00:25 IST

THE FIRST Blue Ribbon race of the season, organised by the Lucknow Race Fund, is going to be held today at the Lucknow Race Course. It will be the Army Commander’s Cup Race.

This is the first time since races were revived here five seasons ago that two events have been slated for the same day.  The prize money this time has gone up to Rs 25,000 from a mere Rs 4,000 last year. The first race will commence at 11.45 am and the fourth and the final race will be the title race starting at 3.25 pm.

Besides Army personnel and their families, civil servants, members of the city’s business community too would be present at the event. While many of them will have fun betting during the races, there will be many hard core punters putting money on their favourites.The races itself offers a big thrill from the moment the horses leave the start-line, but there will also be arrangements to keep people entertained even during the time gaps. Singer Harimohan will regale the race-goers between the races sitting in a small marquee near the Grand Stand. Since it is the Army Commander’s Cup, there will be the Military Band rendering music.

Food, beverages, and snacks there will be aplenty to enjoy. The racecourse has a total of 14 thoroughbred horses. Till last year, it had just about 8.

“We are determined to restore the lost glory of the Lucknow Race Course. We will leave no stone unturned to improve the quality of races by inducting more and more thoroughbred horses and adding more lustre to the races,” said Brigadier Khajuria, the President of Lucknow Race Fund(LRF).

The Genesis Club had joined hands with LRF in the revival of races a few years ago and the races have been attracting crowds ever since.

“We would make the event attractive for punters, casual betting enthusiasts, the youth, the elderly and the kids. We have plans to start a riding school for children and horse rides for children during the races,” Brigadier Khajuria had stated in an earlier Press conference at the onset of the current season.

Races have already become a rare event attracting elite as well as common classes and all age groups. They have already evolved into a wonderful mix of sporting activity, entertainment and picnics, said Pankaj Rastogi, President of the Genesis Club.Lt Gen OP Nandrajog, General Officer Commanding-in-Chief, Central Command will be the chief guest on the occasion.