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Horse Racing: Hope Renewed 1st year anniversary derby opens in Kaduna

The Hope Renewed 1st Year International Horse Racing Derby opened on Wednesday in Kaduna.

The the event, organised by the Horse Racing Federation of Nigeria, will end on Saturday.

It is themed, ‘Hope Renewed 1st Anniversary Democracy Derby 2nd Edition Under Division System Race’./

The epochal event was organised to commemorate the first year anniversary of President Bola Tinubu.

The breeds and categories of horses running include thoroughbred horses originating from Great Britain And Sudan-horses originating from Sudan.

Others are Talon-horses originating from Chad and Naija Breed-horses, born, bred and trained in Nigeria.

Similarly, there are the Arewa-Local Arewa Horses from Nigeria and Niger Republic.

There are also trophies and car races to be competed for, in the finals of the all-important sports meet on Saturday.

They include the President Bola Tinubu’s ‘Hope Renewed 1st Year Democracy Cup and the Senator Uba Sani Governor’s Cup.

The rest are the Sultan’s Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar Horse Amirul Muminin Cup.

They also include Ambassador Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, Emir of Zazzau’s Cup and Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, Etsu Nupe’s Cup.

Speaking at the event, the Life Patron of the federation, the Etsu Nupe and Chairman, Niger State Council of Traditional Rulers, Alhaji Yahaya Abubakar, said it has worked tirelessly to promote the sort of horse racing.

He said, “Today’s event is a testament to our dedication.

“We have witnessed growth, excitement and passion from our participants and spectators alike.

“As we celebrate this anniversary, we also remember those who have supported us along the way.

“We pay tribute to the horses and riders who have entertained us with their skills and process.

“Sadly, we so take a moment to mourn those who were involved in an accident on their way to this tournament.”

Abubakar also said their hearts went out to the families and loved ones of the deceased.

“But even in the face of adversity, we have strength in our shared passion for horse racing.

“We will continue to work together to ensure the sport’s growth and success,”the Etsu Nupe said.

The National Coordinator, Horse Racing Federation of Nigeria, Alhaji Mustapha Abubakar-Bida, Sarkin Dawakin Nupe, said the Derby was organised to bolster unity across Nigeria and the West African sub-region.

According to him, there are participants from across Nigeria and other African countries like Niger, Chad and Cameroun, among others.

“This historic event is aimed at reviving horse racing as an age-long event that started in the 1960s and with Kaduna as its hub, “he said.

The event was graced by the Emir of Zazzau, Alhaji Ahmad Bamalli, the Emir of Machina in Yobe, Dr Bashir Bukar, the Madakin Zazzau, Alhaji Munnir Ja’afaru, and the Speaker, Kaduna State House of Assembly, Alhaji Yusuf Liman, Commissioner for Sports and Youth Development, Kaduna state, among others.