A race with a difference is set to take place at Beverley next Tuesday. No stranger to racing the unusual in the aid of charity, Beverley is already notorious for its world famous donkey race and its Camel Derby. The animals set to hit the track next Tuesday though, are of a slightly smaller stamp and in a fun twist, the jockeys themselves will turn trainers for the day to take their own dogs head to head.
The inaugural Bark de Triomphe (a play on the name of the famous French race for top flat racers) is a collaboration between Beverley Racecourse, Antibiotic Research UK and Burgess Pet Care, with 12 sponsors each 'owning' a dog for the race. Miniature jockeys, each wearing a tiny replica silk in their 'owners'' colours will be aboard the dogs in what is set fit to challenge even the most hardened racegoer to keep a straight face.
Plucky Jack Russell Spot trains ahead of the Bark de Triomphe (no-one tell him there's no jumps)
Two heats at 1.15 & 1.20pm will take place, with the 3 top placed dogs from each heat going forward to a 1.25pm final, bound to bring out the jockeys' most competitive sides like never before. From French bulldog to spaniel to daschund, a host of all shapes and size of dog are already entered, with the only limitation that the dog is below knee height and unlikely to resort to kicking, gouging, scratching or biting to win. The winning dog can look forward to two bumper sacks of Burgess Supadog to take him and the owner the first ever Bark de Triomphe trophy to take home.
The event will be raising funds for Antibiotic Research UK, a charity working to address one of the world's greatest health threats, the rapidly growing resistance to current antibiotics, by developing new therapies. You can donate here.
Don't miss this hilarious event on Tuesday 1st August on our Roll Up Roll Up Raceday - tickets are available here and the running order is below!