Lahore Race Club

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Lahore Race Club, in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, is a club concerned with the sport of horse racing, established in 1924 when Lahore was part of the Punjab Province of British India.

The club is registered as a company.[1] Some veterans claim that it dates from 1874, but although there were horse races at Lahore during that period the formal record of the present club does not go back so far.[2][3] It was incorporated on 18 January 1924.[1]

The club's racecourse was initially at Jail Road, Lahore, the current site of Jilani Park. In 1976, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's government asked the club to move its races away from the Jail Road course, but it remained there until 1980, when it was compelled to leave.[2]

Races were not held for about fifteen months, but in September 1981 the club reinstated its racing programme on a new course at Kot Lakhpat which has a length of 2,254 metres. Since then, it has gained in strength and now organizes, among other races, the Pakistan Derby.[2]

In June 2005, the club hosted Pakistan's first evening horse race under floodlights. The opening ceremony was attended by Pervez Musharraf, President of Pakistan, and Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, crown prince of Dubai, who had financed the night-racing project, the cost of which was some Rs 30 million.[2]

The chairman of the club is Tariq Aziz, former secretary of the National Security Council of Pakistan and an aide of President Musharraf.[2]

All the power used to light the park is solar.

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  1. ^ a b Lahore Race Club at pakboi.gov.pk
  2. ^ a b c d e "Lahore Race Club to arrange first night-race in June", dailytimes.com.pk
  3. ^ Famous Architecture at lahoredishaan.com

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Coordinates: 31°26′20″N 74°19′58″E / 31.43889°N 74.33278°E / 31.43889; 74.33278