30 JANUARY 2012
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Radio controlled camels
If you live in the wider world you may have missed it, but in Qatar the local 'health and safety' brigade have made camel jockeys redundant. It seems the little fellows kept falling off.
The racetrack animals are now remotely controlled from their trainers' cars. Little whips are mounted on the camels to act as jockeys, the experts travelling by car on a road that follows the 8km course. It gets quite exciting. And dangerous too. With 20 racers you have 20 cars/trainers. They tend to crash into each other.
Will it catch on at Ascot? Hardly likely. Ruby Walsh don't get worried.
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