Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Speed Humps! Camel Charge At Chepstow!

There were speed humps with a difference at Chepstow Racecourse on Wednesday afternoon, as nine jockeys competed in The William Hill Camel Derby.


Professional jockey Sam Twiston-Davies and former pro-rider Jodie Mogford lined up with a selection of amateur jockeys to contest the unique race, which featured both Dromedary and Bactrian camels (one hump and two humps).


But it was Chelsea Pearce, three-day event rider and daughter of famous footballer Stuart Pearce who won, beating Sam Twiston-Davies in to second, with William Hill’s sponsorship manager Jennie Prest in third.


The charity race was in aid of Paul’s Place, a voluntary charity for adults with physical, cognitive and sensory impairment, aged 18-60. They are based in Bristol and are the only charity supporting the needs of adults with all disabilities in South Gloucestershire, Bristol and the surrounding counties. Donations can be made via


Early calculations suggest as much as £30,000 has been raised for Paul’s Place.


“The camels certainly weren’t easy to ride. They were very bouncy!” said William Hill’s Jennie Prest. “But Paul’s Place is a great cause and we’re delighted to help them with such a big fundraising event.”