Greenwich hosts a derby... for pantomime horses

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Greenwich hosts a derby... for pantomime horses

Aintree has the Grand National, while Epsom hosts the Derby. But perhaps the most eccentric race meeting on the calendar takes place in Greenwich every December. 

London's Pantomime Horse Race is now in its 5th year and raises funds for the Demelza Children's Hospice. 10 horses - or 20 people - took part by galloping their way through Greenwich on a route covering around a quarter of a mile.

Each leg of the race includes a pub pit stop, allowing runners to grab a drink and catch their breath.

Veteran racing pundit John McCririck commentated throughout. 

"This is one of the great tourist attractions of the capital," said McCririck. "The stamina of one or two of them did worry me. There were a couple of overweights and you wouldn't back a fat horse," he added.

This year's event was won by the team representing the Greenwich Pelton Arms, who also took the title in 2013.

The contest often attracts attention from around the globe and saw a news team from China reporting on the bizarre proceedings.

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