Douglas McRobbie (right) during the camel race.
Douglas McRobbie (right) during the camel race.

An equine vet had a humpy ride in a charity race that saw him win with an unusual four-legged steed.

When Douglas McRobbie discovered his colleagues had entered him into a race at Beverley Racecourse, he expected to be riding a horse – not a camel.

Held at the Yorkshire course on 11 August, the races took place ahead of the main card to raise money for Save the Children.

Making the headlines

Douglas McRobbie with his trophy.
Douglas McRobbie with his trophy.

Dr McRobbie – of Rainbow Equine Hospital in Malton, North Yorkshire – not only triumphed in the inaugural camel race, but also made the front page of Racing Post.

The keen horseman embraced the challenge and made it through the selection process to be in the starting line-up for the final, which saw them win by a short lip in the photo finish.

“I really bonded with my camel, Bertie,” Dr McRobbie said, after returning from the selection day. “He’s a real character and is a two-humper, which I think will give me an advantage on race day.”

Dr McRobbie has ridden Thoroughbreds in the past and even worked breaking horses for a short time. Therefore, having experience and riding Bertie meant he had a second hump to fall back on, on the day.

“It was a really nervous wait for the announcement,” he said. “But I knew I’d ridden a good race and Bertie had just done enough.”

Fund-raising success

Dr McRobbie raised £1,800 for the Save the Children and is grateful to Rainbow Equine Hospital and the companies that supply it for their sponsorship.

He topped off his performance with a Frankie Dettori-style flying dismount in front of the main grandstand.

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