Importing Racehorses from the UK
|Gujrat Race Club imported horses from the heart of world racing industry Newmarket, UK
Gujrat Race Club imported horses from the heart of world racing industry Newmarket, UK. Two in foal mares were bought at the Tattersall’s sales and an excellent Darshan stallion was a gift from HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance from his Shadwell Stud at Thetford, Norfolk, UK. He had bought it for £335 000.00 it had won prize money in excess of £40 000.00.
|Miss Janine Brooks a Director of Kings UK Limited
Miss Janine Brooks a Director of Kings UK Limited, and experienced horsewomen and Dressage Rider accompanied the thoroughbred horses on a PIA Jumbo Jet for the eight hour flight from London Heathrow to Karachi, Pakistan. She has a complete passion for horses and stayed with them for the duration of the whole flights providing refreshment, fresh water and hay. Which Janine had taken on abroad the plane. The horses were slightly sedated to keep them relaxed on the plane. To ensure that the horses did not move to much and injure in their crate. The Pilot a keen horse rider himself, and Air Stewards went to see the horses in the hold of the plane regularly, at one time the horses had quite an audience! However, it was a great atmosphere fun atmosphere on the place and the Senior Steward made an announcement beginning, “Mares and Stallions, welcome on board PIA 747 to Karachi, we shall be flying at 3,000 feet and shall have a number of in-flight movies for your pleasure, refreshments including hay and water will be provided …” The whole plane was filled with laughter from the passengers. It was an excellent journey to Karachi and then to Lahore Race Club.
|At Lahore International Airport, the horses were received with pomp and show
At Lahore International Airport, the horses were received with pomp and show , garlands of perfumed roses were placed on the horses, the stallion was visibly excited and had to moved slightly away from the mares! Mr. Makhdoom Ali Raze Shah, Member of the Provincial Assembly , Punjab was at the airport to receive the horses and had discussions with Miss. Janine and Mr. Ahsan about the pedigree of the horses. Mr. Ali Raza Shah invited both of his guests to dinner at his home.
|Miss Janine B rooks and Mr. Ahsan Mohammed were guests of the Government of Pakistan
The next day Miss Janine B rooks and Mr. Ahsan Mohammed were guests of the Government of Pakistan and were shown the beautiful Shalimar Gardens and the Lahore Fort with full protocol. Later that afternoon they were invited by the Chairman of Lahore Race Club, Tariq Aziz, who was also Private Secretary to President Pervez Mushrraf, to present a trophy to the winning Jockey. Mr. Ali Raza Shah than invited them to enjoy the races from his private box at the race course.