Camel trainers will be humping it to Outback Queensland in July for Australia's richest ever camel races, as Boulia Camel Races offers a record $45,000 prize pool with new sponsor Thirsty Camel Bottleshops.
The Thirsty Camel Cup is the most coveted and prestigious win on the camel racing circuit and Australia's longest camel race, run over 1500m.
The Cup Final is the climax of two full days of professional camel races on July 17-18, run with the oversight of Racing Queensland.
Boulia's population explodes 10-fold to 3000 people for a weekend of races, camping and entertainment trackside.
Adrian Moelands of Thirsty Camel Bottleshops said it was a perfect match to put their name to the Boulia Camel Cup.
"It is Australia's most loved camel race and we thought it was time we joined the party," Mr Moelands said.
"Thirsty Camel will also be running a promotion in the lead up to the event for consumers across Australia to purchase a participating product and 'back a camel' in the races."
The Cup Final will be defended by reigning champion, local trainers Dannileah Stewart and Ronnie Callope, whose camel Wason won the Cup in 2019 for their first Cup win on home soil.
Trainers and jockeys travel up to 2100kms to reach the Boulia Camel Races, from as far as Shepparton and Newcastle for the longest, toughest and most prestigious event on the camel racing circuit.
This year marks the 24th Boulia Camel Races, first held in 1997.
There will be a full program of live music, novelty races, camp oven cooking, helicopter rides and even the Great Australian Ride-on Lawn Mower Race.
The addition of bell style glamping tents proved a hit with luxury travellers at the last event, with organisers now doubling the number available to book in 2021.
A 3-Day Boulia Camel Races pass is $90 Adult, with camping included. Under 18 years are free entry.
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