Crowds of people went to the races in Amman on Sunday (25 April) - but it was a race with a difference.
GV Crowds at the race track
GV Band playing
CU, SV Riders mounting camels (3 shots)
GV, SV Bets being placed (3 shots)
GV Camels leaving paddock to start race
SV Mr. Nasser Ben Jamil watching from window
GV Start of race; PAN ALONG Track (3 shots)
SV Crowds watching as race continues (4 shots)
SV, CU End of race (2 shots)
GV Commander of Desert Patrol receives cup
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SPORT: CAMEL RACING
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Background: Crowds of people went to the races in Amman on Sunday (25 April) - but it was a race with a difference. They were attending the annual camel race at Jordan's Royal Racing Club.
Before the 1976 Middle East war, the race was bi-annual event - held during the summer season in Amman and in the winter on the shores of the Dead Sea. Now the Royal Racing Club is considering re-introducing the winter race, but on the shores of the Aqaba Sea.
Although camels are dying out as a means of transport in Jordan, thoroughbred camels remain very popular. They are bred from the best stock in the world, to be found in Saudi Arabia and Oman.
Sunday's race - under the patronage of King Hussein - was for seven baby camels. They belonged to the Desert Patrol - part of Jordan's security forces. The winning camel was 'Salwa'.
After the race, the prizes were presented by King Hussein's uncle, Senator Nasser Ben Jamil.
SYNOPSIS: First past the post with a comfortable lead was Salwa. And receiving the winner's trophy from Senator Nasser was the commander of the Desert Patrol.