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Thailand buffalo race kicks up dust

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 01:03

Oct. 30 - More than 30 buffaloes in Chonburi, Thailand compete against each other in a 100-metre race. Tara Cleary reports.

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Tension before the start. The 141st annual buffalo race thundered into action near Bangkok. More than 30 animals ran the 100-meter or 109-yard course. And one buffalo owner was confident about a win. SOUNDBITE: Wipoon Boran, 51-year-old buffalo keeper, saying (Thai): "This year we have four buffaloes racing. I think they might be winners because they've won in previous races. They were in second place in other races (this month). Today, if they get a good start, they'll be number one." In scorching heart and without a saddle, staying on the buffalo can be a challenge - but not for everybody. SOUNDBITE: Witawat Sanknua, 32-year-old former rider, saying (Thai): "I never fall. I'm not scared, it's easy. But you have to start young; you have to start riding buffaloes young." It's alleged that the buffaloes are fed a mixture of beer and eggs to enhance their performance -- and some say the riders also consume one of those ingredients -- to build courage before the wild bareback ride.

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Thailand buffalo race kicks up dust

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 - 01:03