Pune: Delhi Race Club, which operates under the parent body the Royal Western India Turf Club (RWITC) is heading for an uncertain future with the Delhi Race Horse Owners’ Association opening a front to question several issues that needed to be sorted and adhered to.
The President of the Delhi Race Horse Owners’ Association, Sunil Kumar Verma, who happens to be a breeder too, was in Pune for the annual sale of horses, spoke to Sakal Times about the problems being faced by horse owners and race-goers alike.
“We as owners make huge investments. With the continuous upgradation of the quality of horses and blood lines, the costs incurred by the owners as patrons have steadily increased, but the Delhi Race Club has failed to address our concerns,” Verma said.
“There is lax security at stables and club alike. Stipendiary Steward refused to take notice, while other stewards are just ignoring the issues raised by the horse owners,” Verma explained.
“Also there is major problem of illegal bookies who operate at Delhi Race Club. Zubair and Farukh are the two bookies who control much of the betting even as the club turns a blind eye towards them,” Verma alleged, he hopes to get some support from the parent body RWITC to streamline the workings at the Delhi Race Club, which is located right across the Prime Minister’s Residence.
“The lease of the land that belongs to the government has expired long ago, but the matter is in court,” he informed. “In Delhi races are made to order. This is something unacceptable, but we as owners have no say in it,” rued Verma. Now he say who will bell the cat