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Horse Trotting Races have been a tradition in Menorca for over 200 years and races are still held on a weekly basis in Mahon and Ciutadella. They provide a good evening out in lovely weather and wonderful entertainment too. And if you want to place a bet on a race, the stakes are limited to a maximum of €1.50, so nobody is going to get robbed.

Each horse pulls what appears to be a fairly flimsy and light frame which runs on a pair of bicycle wheels. The "driver" sits on a tiny seat at the back and the idea is, obviously, that each competitor goes as fast as he/she possibly can in order to win the race. But, and here's the rub, should any horse break into a gallop, that horse is immediately disqualified from that race.

This picture was taken at the Hipodromo de Maó (Mahon) and this, in fact, was the winning horse of this race and my friend won €10 from a bet of €1.50 on horse number 5, so he was quite happy.

I was even happier because we went to Menorca (for the second time) on a photographic holiday with a wonderful tutor, Philip Dunn and, on this occasion, I was not only able to take some shots of the races here from the side of the track but was also allowed to travel in the judges' truck which followed the race from within the centre of the course. And it was brilliant fun to zoom around the inside of the track and "shoot" the competitors as we kept pace with them at around 50 k.p.h. or more!

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