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Earth moves as Shire horses race in Britain

The earth moved at Lingfield racecourse on Saturday as eight massive Shire horses thundered down the straight in a special race.

Morpheus prevailed by a short head in a photo finish for the Flying Feathers race at Lingfield.

Morpheus prevailed by a short head in a photo finish for the Showerking Flying Feathers Shire Horse Charge at Lingfield on Saturday.

The race for the second annual Showerking Flying Feathers Shire Horse Charge went right to the wire, with Morpheus holding on by a short head from Jack Flash, with a half-length back to Curious George third. Jacob finished fourth.

The horses were all ridden by professional jumps jockeys, and took off from a standing start.

Each of the horses stood between 17.3 and 18.2 hands and weighed up to 1.1 tonnes.

The race served to raise awareness for the endangered breed, which features on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust’s “at risk” list.

Morpheus was ridden by Marc Goldstein, for owner Emily Marriott. Morpheus is a regular on the hunting field, and his dad, Ace of Spades, was also in the race.

The race took place on Lingfield Park’s Armed Forces raceday, to mark centenary of World War 1.

The race starts in the above video at about 14 minutes.

Last year’s race was won by Joey, ridden by Mark Grant.

Morpheus, at the center in the black and white colours, gets his nose in front.

Morpheus, at the center in the black and white colours, gets his nose in front. © Hurst Green Shires

 

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