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Camel races & moonlit steeplechasing at Clifton-on-Teme

One hump or two? Camels come to Sedgefield

Camels will be racing at a moonlit steeplechasing meeting, organised by a hunt in Worcestershire.

Clifton-upon-Teme hunt have been staging the event for ten years, but this is the first time camels have been used in the races.

Malcolm Ainge, the hunt's treasurer said: "Horse and pony racing is quite exciting anyway, but camels are a new thing to all of us."

The meeting is Saturday, 31 July, with the racing starting at 1830 BST.

Experienced performers

Camel racing
The camel's can reach around 25mph when they are racing

The camels are being supplied by a firm in Warwickshire, who also hire them out for films, TV and the theatre.

They are bringing four camels to the event:

  • Gobi - a two-year old male Bactrian.
  • Sahara - a two-and-a-half-year-old female Dromedary, the only Pintado Camel in the country.
  • Ruby - a five-year-old female Dromedary
  • Veneta - 7 yr old female Bactrian, who is Gobi's mother.

The camels have been clocked travelling at 25mph, on the beach at Weston-Super-Mare, though the organisers say they won't reach this kind of speed at the Clifton event, as the course is only 200m long.

There will be four camel races at the event, and the rides in the last race will be auctioned off to the highest bidders.

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