• Short Summary

    When they hold a camel race in the Oman desert, it has to be early in the morning, well before the day's intense heat exhausts camels, riders, and the varied assortment of spectators.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Sun rises over Seeb in desert of Oman.
    0.03

    2.
    LV & ZOOM IN Camels and stable lads, some of them singing, going up to starting line with crowds watching. (3 SHOTS)
    0.22

    3.
    GV Camels waiting for start of race with riders sitting on ground.
    0.27

    4.
    SV Young jockey.
    0.30

    5.
    SV British army officers in civilian dress and wives and other spectators. (4 SHOTS)
    0.46

    6.
    GV Camels and riders get up from ground to prepare for race.
    0.53

    7.
    GV Camels racing along track.
    1.05

    8.
    SCU & SV Bookmakers at work on course.(2 SHOTS)
    1.15

    9.
    GV Camels racing along track.
    1.23

    10.
    GV PAN Spectators, Omani and British. (2 SHOTS)
    1.28

    11.
    GV Camels racing with spectators watching. (3 SHOTS)
    1.47




    Initials JS



    SPORT: CAMEL RACING
    AVAILABLE FOR COMMERCIAL USE

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: When they hold a camel race in the Oman desert, it has to be early in the morning, well before the day's intense heat exhausts camels, riders, and the varied assortment of spectators. Racegoers come from far and near to put money on the camel of their choice.

    SYNOPSIS: The annual event is held at Seeb, about 40 miles (67 kilometres) from Muscat, and the first race of the day is held on after dawn. The camels strut through the morning haze at sunrise, lulled by the singing of their stable lads. Some of the beasts are desperate to start racing. They've been trained into sprinting fitness on the died of desert thorn bush and are to allowed a drink for weeks.

    The mixed crowd of spectators are busy studying the racing potential of the runners. Among the crowd are British army officers in civilian clothes, accompanied by their wives. They looked as much at home at this desert race as they would at the elegant racecourses of Ascot (near London) and Longshamps (near Paris).

    The first race has started and there's a lot of jostling as the camels tear away down the straight at about twenty miles an hour (32 kilometres an hour). Meanwhile, an official with a two-way radio keeps the punters informed of their camel's chances in the race. And the bookmakers are kept busy taking bets on the next item on the
    The winner of this race was `Muscat Magic' by a short neck. Or perhaps you might say a long neck. The racing finished early enough for the spectators - the lucky and the not so lucky - to be home in time for breakfast.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA4JBIQNGQZ3CYT12WKPBX3SJYP
    Media URN:
    VLVA4JBIQNGQZ3CYT12WKPBX3SJYP
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    01/01/1980
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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