Camel racing returns to Sydney

09:05 PM 25 Jul 2013 NZST
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Camel Races at Bankstown Paceway
Camel Races at Bankstown Paceway

Camel racing has returned to Sydney – with a three day race carnival to be held at the Bankstown Paceway harness racing track in Sydney’s south west from Monday, July 29th.

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 an “all you can eat” buffet lunch and the chance to win a tropical Queensland holiday.

“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 Andrew Ho told Harnesslink.

The Inaugural Sydney Camel Racing Carnival: A Christmas in July Stadium Spectacular will be held at harness racing headquarters, Sydney’s Bankstown Paceway, 178 Eldridge Road, Bankstown, from Monday, July 29th, to Wednesday, July 31st, 2013.

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.

 

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