Sunday, July 13, 2014
A Day at the Races
One of the more comical races was the Honeymoon Handicap. The camels start as in a normal race (sitting down) – however half way around the track, the camel (and new husband aboard) must stop and pick up their new brides and then proceed to the finish. One poor fellow couldn't get his camel to stop, and since he didn't pick up his bride ended up disqualified.
The money from the event all goes to charity and it all started back in the 70's as a way to solve a friendly dispute. It was such a hit that they've been racing ever since.
A quote from a camel jockey: "Life was grand. I was in front. I was screaming. I was happy. And then the camel stopped like a shopping cart and turned left...but at 35 miles an hour I just kept going."
Feel free to learn more about this fun event by visiting their website: www.camelcup.com.au