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Mushtaq Ali Mirza
Mushtaq Ali Mirza

After years of life on the fast lane, Mushtaq Ali Mirza wants to relax

Mushtaq Ali Mirza began riding horses at the age of four, at the Secunderabad Gymkhana in the early 60s, and since then the passion for horses grew. An army background, harking back to his grandfather Col. R.A. Mirza, who commanded the second Lancers, saw him even more enamoured by equine grandeur.To become a veterinary was his vocation and a stint with the Remount Veterinary Corps (RVC), its natural extension. After leaving the army, he joined the Hyderabad Race Club (HRC) as Assistant Veterinary Officer and Assistant Starter in 1979. His way with horses enabled his rise to the position of Stipe in 1986 and Senior Stipe in 1988. Along the way, he served as handicapper and clerk of the course too. His years with the club have been eventful, with many firsts to its credit. The computerisation of the totalizator saw the club's coffers swell and the sport spread its wing through off-course betting centres. Last year, the HRC's profit hit an all-timehigh of Rs. 7.3 crore after taxes.HRC was the first to install photo-finish equipment, which will become state of the art when the Omega zero scan reverse angle camera is put in place shortly. N.N. Reddy was the trendsetter when it came to innovations, says Mirza. Looking back at his tenure at the HRC in various capacities, he recalls there were taxing times, which were rewarding too. What does he foresee, once he lays down office and bids farewell on Nov. 30? "I'll put my feet up and relax, even come to the races once in a while," he says.A. J.A

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