Superstar Salman Khan’s love for animals is not hidden from the world, particularly dogs. However, Bollywood’s most eligible bachelor has developed an interest in horses too and recently reportedly offered a whopping Rs 2 crore to buy a rare-breed stallion in Surat, Gujarat. Salman pitched the offer to the owner of the horse Siraj Khan Pathan, but had to face rejection as the offer was turned down. Siraj, proud owner of ‘Saqab’ the horse is just not willing to sell the animal no matter how high the amount. Siraj in his reaction to ANI revealed that the Badal family of Punjab had also made an offer of Rs 1.11 crores to buy six-year-old Saqab, the horse from Olpad town in Surat in Gujarat but had to face denial from him.
Significantly, another builder from Surat region contacted him with a massive offer, all of Rs 3.11 crore, but even he was turned down by Siraj. Popularity of Saqab stems from the fact that the stallion is a rare breed and only matches with two other horses in the world – one in United States and another in Canada, according to Times of India. As it turns out, the owner revealed that the horse can walk at the speed of 43 km per hour on a clean Raval road. Further while other horses cannot maintain their energy for long, it is the reverse for Saqab as he can easily continue that pace through its run.
However, the amazing rise in price of the horse happened after Pathan bought it. He became the third owner of the horse after he bought it for Rs 14.5 lakh at Palotara Fair, in Rajasthan, back when it was a filly. The stunning animal has won all 19 races it has participated in so far.