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Sunday morning at the Bamako Hippodrome

In pictures: Sunday morning at the Bamako Hippodrome

  • 29 February 2016
  • From the section Africa

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When you think of the world of horse racing, Ascot, the Melbourne Cup or the lucrative Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe may come to mind. The hippodrome in Mali's capital Bamako, may not see million-dollar prizes but it's still a thriving tradition every Sunday.

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Each Sunday the races begin with last week's winner parading around the hippodrome with the winner's flag

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There are usually three or four races each Sunday and many of the jockeys are children

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The jockeys compete for up to $100 (£74) in winnings

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An adult ticket to the races costs 500 CFA francs for adults ($0.83; £0.60). Children pay depending on their size. A small child pays 100 francs, taller children pay 200 francs

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While Ascot and Kentucky Derby are known for spectators donning their fanciest hats, in Bamako the crowd is mostly made up of children

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The winner holds onto his flag for another week and gets his winnings of up to $100. That's 100,000 times less than the richest race in the world – Dubai's $10m prize

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This doesn't bother the victorius trainer. in the blue shirt, who appears pretty happy with his win

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Why the long face? Because he lost again

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