HUMP DAY: Nominations are now open for brave individuals looking to kick start their camel racing career at this year's Wandoan Camel Races.
HUMP DAY: Nominations are now open for brave individuals looking to kick start their camel racing career at this year's Wandoan Camel Races. Contributed

Your chance to claim race day glory is here

HAVE you ever been to a country race meet and wondered what it must feel like to be astride a magnificent animal at full pelt, with adrenaline coursing through your veins?

There's no need to spend the rest of your life wondering, because Wandoan are on the lookout for jockeys to mount their noble steeds at this year's race day.

If you overlook the fact you'll be atop of a camel and not a thoroughbred mare, it should feel just like the Caulfield Cup.

Former Wandoan Kindergarten Committee president Jessica Brosnan said if you can ride a horse, you can ride a camel and is encouraging experienced horsemen and women over the age of 18 and under 95 kilograms to put in an application by Friday, July 5 via the Wandoan Camel Races Facebook page.

"This year we are trialling a new race format with a new camel contractor, Mr John Richardson from Yeppoon. He's been racing camels for over 30 years and will be adding handicaps to make it more exciting for every- one,” Mrs Brosnan said.

With only seven of the 16 jockey positions still available, interested riders will need to get in fast if they want to calm a saddle.

Saturday, July 20 will be the third time the kindergarten have organised the quirky fundraiser, and the committee predict this will be their largest race day to date.

"It's the unique nature of camel racing that makes the day so memorable and fun,” Mrs Brosnan said.

"Mr Richardson is bringing down a special camel named Blinx, the half brother of Winx, so whoever gets to ride him will be in for a great race!”


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