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Video: Why horse racing is a big deal in this African nation?

The races are extremely competitive in nature and involve gambling. Photograph: (WION)

AFP New Delhi, India Oct 17, 2016, 12.00 PM (IST)

Horse racing is a key part of the culture of the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho. The most prestigious races each year are held on the birthday of the nation’s monarch king, Letsie III. Given the significance of the sport, children are trained to take over a jockeys from a young age.

The races themselves are extremely competitive, and often involve a lot of gambling. Most bets are head-to-head wagers over which of two selected horses will be faster, rather than the overall race winner. The races have also received government support in order to establish them as a spectacle that can attract tourists from around the world.

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