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Pakistan's donkey derby
Donkey-cart racing took place in Karachi as part of Sindh Festival featuring 50 donkeys offering cash prizes for winners
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It was a field day for the donkey-cart racers in Pakistan's coastal city of Karachi where, as part of the province's Sindh Festival, 50 donkeys took part in an organised race.

With unique and creative names, the donkeys raced for cash prizes and shields, cheered by a huge crowd despite the event taking place on a weekday.

According to one racer, it costs around $10 to feed his donkey on a daily basis, the amount not easy to part with for most.

"We don’t eat almonds and pistachios but our donkeys do, which is why they win races for us and earn us all this respect," said one of the participants.

 


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The Donkey Deby was held as part of the Sindh Festival organised by the provincial government.


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The race was held near the coast in Karachi and featured 50 donkeys, with all the participants coming from the southern town of Lyari.



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There was a lot of creativity on show with donkeys named Chingari (spark), FIR, Computer, Dumper, Ziddi (stubborn) and 5217 Jan ka Khatra (Danger to life).


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Most participants were just happy to be there racing on wide, open roads.



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Every rider wore white trousers and a helmet, and had their rides numbered so the organisers could keep track.



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Five donkeys raced each other in the first round with the winner progressing to the next round. There were a few ties so eight donkeys raced in the final.



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Uthal Bela took the overall honours, finishing first in the final. Dumper and Rani Khaith completed the podium with all three earning cash prizes and shields.



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"We don't eat almonds and pistachios but our donkeys do, which is why they win races for us and earn us all this respect," a participant told The Express Tribune.




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The race was held near the coast in Karachi and featured 50 donkeys, with all the participants coming from the southern town of Lyari.

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Most participants were just happy to be there racing on wide, open roads.

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Every rider wore white trousers and a helmet, and had their rides numbered so the organisers could keep track.

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Five donkeys raced each other in the first round with the winner progressing to the next round. There were a few ties so eight donkeys raced in the final.

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Uthal Bela took the overall honours, finishing first in the final. Dumper and Rani Khaith completed the podium with all three earning cash prizes and shields.

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"We don(***)t eat almonds and pistachios but our donkeys do, which is why they win races for us and earn us all this respect," a participant told The Express Tribune.

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The Donkey Deby was held as part of the Sindh Festival organised by the provincial government.

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The Donkey Deby was held as part of the Sindh Festival organised by the provincial government.

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The race was held by the coast in Karachi and featured 50 donkeys, with all the participants from the southern town of Lyari.

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The race was held by the coast in Karachi and featured 50 donkeys, with all the participants from the southern town of Lyari.

Naming the rides and the donkeyshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Donkey_Derby_in_Pakistan/slideshow/naming-the-rides-and-the-donkeys/9fd16fc518e6b51d1d1839a6b4a30d3d

There was a lot of creativity on show with donkeys named Chingari (spark), FIR, Computer, Dumper, Ziddi (stubborn) and 5217 Jan ka Khatra (Danger to life).

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Donkey_Derby_in_Pakistan/slideshow/naming-the-rides-and-the-donkeys/9fd16fc518e6b51d1d1839a6b4a30d3dAKHTAR SOOMRO/REUTERSNaming the rides and the donkeys

There was a lot of creativity on show with donkeys named Chingari (spark), FIR, Computer, Dumper, Ziddi (stubborn) and 5217 Jan ka Khatra (Danger to life).

Happy to be therehttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Donkey_Derby_in_Pakistan/slideshow/happy-to-be-there/01475f501d98499deb7114931ead27dd

Most participants were just happy to be there, racing on wide, open roads with decent arrangements.

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Most participants were just happy to be there, racing on wide, open roads with decent arrangements.

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Every rider wore white trousers, helmet and had their rides numbered so the organisers could keep track.

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Every rider wore white trousers, helmet and had their rides numbered so the organisers could keep track.

Elimination roundshttp://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Donkey_Derby_in_Pakistan/slideshow/elimination-rounds/350ab7b815913d09aa0718c0e041deec

Five donkeys raced each other in the first round with winner progressing. There were a few ties so eight donkeys raced in the final.

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Five donkeys raced each other in the first round with winner progressing. There were a few ties so eight donkeys raced in the final.

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Uthal Bela took the overall honours, finishin first in the final. Dumper and Rani Khaith completed the podium with all three awarded cash prizes and shields.

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Uthal Bela took the overall honours, finishin first in the final. Dumper and Rani Khaith completed the podium with all three awarded cash prizes and shields.

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"We don't eat almonds and pistachios but our donkeys do, which is why they win races for us and earn us all this respect," a participant told The Express Tribune

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Donkey_Derby_in_Pakistan/slideshow/raising-the-donkey/5a0fa08c030d0d47225c8db3a56d1f81AKHTAR SOOMRO/REUTERSRaising the donkey

"We don't eat almonds and pistachios but our donkeys do, which is why they win races for us and earn us all this respect," a participant told The Express Tribune



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