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A corespondent, writing from Machakoa to the ‘ Zacz : bar Gazette, 5 gives aome particulars of the first race meeting ever held in British East • Africa. It ia only quite recently that horses have been taken up country into the African interior, and the fact that the little band of British officials had a few horses naturally suggested a race meeting. Advantage was taken of the celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee, and the first horse races ever held in East Africa came off on the 22ud of June. Thi re were two races—" the Machakoa Cup, value Rp»2oo, open to all horses in UkambaP. o» vince, distance about three-quartersofamile”; and “the Ukamba Derby’’tor a sweepstake of Rs.lo foB all horses, catch weight o'er I0st; about one mile and a-half. Nine horses were entered for the first event, but a difficulty arose as to jockeys. Only five Europeans wtr • pr -sent, varying in weight from 10st to 13it. It was therefore dtc ded to have catch weights over lOst, and,as one of the Europeans did not ride four Somalis and a Soudanese were put up; Mr Lane, Mr Ainsworth, Dr Hinde, and Captain Harrison riding their own horses. Mr Hall’s Tempest, ridden by a Somali, came in first, beating Mr Lane’s Belle by a length; another length separating Belle and Mr Ainsworth’s Jumny, which came in third. The “ Ukamba Derby ” was unfortunately spoilt as a race by fonr of the horses going the wrong side of the first flag; but an exciting struggle took place between Dr Hiade’s Parson and Captain Harrison’s

Sultan, the former’winning by half a lengthy It is intended that the -XJkamba race mei tig shall bo an annual event. - - : - 1

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THE FIRST RACE MEETING IN EAST AFRICA., Issue 10468, 11 November 1897

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THE FIRST RACE MEETING IN EAST AFRICA. Issue 10468, 11 November 1897

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