Bankstown Paceway show expects record crowd

04:42 PM 28 Jul 2014 NZST
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Bankstown Paceway directors Megan Lavender and Andrew Ho with the camels which you and your family and friends can ride at Bankstown Paceway’s Eid Show from Friday, August 1st, to Sunday, August 3rd, 2014.

‘Condell Park’s Bankstown Paceway will play host to a record breaking grand final size crowd of 80,000 people at the sixth Eid Show from Friday, August 1st, to Sunday, August 3rd, 2014,’ Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender has told Harnesslink.

‘Like Homebush’s Easter Show, Bankstown’s Eid Show is about giving local children the opportunity to experience country life – the chance to see wildlife experts handle Australia’s deadliest snakes and reptiles, the chance to feed or hug a baby animal in the farmyard nursery, or, even, the chance to ride a pony or camel down Condell Park’s local trotting track,’ Ms Lavender said.

‘Sydney residents and their families and friends will also be treated to Australia’s largest carnival rides and side show amusements – from the traditional carousel and dodgem cars to all of the most extreme rides – plus, showbags and stands, stage shows, and, of course, Bankstown Paceway’s very own live fireworks show,’ Ms Lavender added.

The sixth Eid Show – Bankstown’s family festival – will be held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, on Friday, August 1st, 2014, from 4 pm to 10 pm, on Saturday, August 2nd, 2014, from 11 am to 10 pm, and Sunday, August 3rd, 2014, from 11 am to 10 pm.  Entry to the show is free.

Sydney camel races start today

Camel racing returns to Sydney today (Monday, July 28th) – with a three day race carnival to be held at the Bankstown Paceway harness racing track in Sydney’s south west.

The races will feature one-humped Dromedary camels who will be competitively ridden by “camel jockeys”, known as “cameleers”.

Six camels will contest four races each day at the Sydney “trots” racecourse which is normally reserved for standardbred horses in pacing or trotting races.

Race goers will also be treated to “Christmas in July” themed entertainment – with Santa, Elvis impersonator Allen McDonald and comedian Al Showman from The Burning Log Comedy Theatre Restaurant, plus a Christmas themed lunch.

“Sydney’s new camel races and Christmas in July stadium spectacular will be our city’s ultimate winter warmer – with sand, sun and fun,” Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender said.

The Second Annual Sydney Camel Racing Carnival: A Christmas in July Stadium Spectacular will he held at the heart of Australian harness racing, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, from Monday, July 28th, to Wednesday, July 30th, 2014.  Gates open at 10 am.  Reserved seating, show and lunch bookings can still be made on 1300 THE LOG or 1300 843 564 or 0414 339 558.

For more information or comment, please contact Bankstown Paceway director Megan Lavender direct on mobile telephone 0419 419 269 or via email at lavender@hotkey.net.au

Camel Racing in Australia – The Facts

The facts on camel racing in Australia are as follows:

Camel racing is a popular sport in Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, Jordan, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Australia, and Mongolia.

Like horse racing, camel racing can be an event for both wagering and as a tourist attraction.

Camels can run at speeds up to 65 km/h (18 m/s; 40 mph) in short sprints and they can maintain a speed of 40 km/h (11 m/s; 25 mph) for an hour.

Camel racing in Australia – which started more as a tourist attraction than a professional sport – usually takes place on outback racetracks.

Previously, camel racing was held in Sydney at the former Harold Park Paceway, at Glebe, during the Equine Influenza Crisis which prevented many Australian horse races from being held in 2007.  In July 2013, the Inaugural Sydney Camel Racing Carnival was held at Bankstown Paceway.

Australian camel racing jockeys are mostly women, unlike the Middle East, where boy jockeys are the norm, and camels race in sprints, not long distance races.

Camels were first brought to Australia from Afghanistan in the early 1800s to help build major railway and telegraph lines in the outback.  They were also used extensively for exploration purposes and as a pack animal.

By 1895, the Australian camel population had increased to approximately 6,000 head and today the population is estimated at over one million animals.

 

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