Forget the Boat Race - Oxford and Cambridge students to compete in horseracing event in October
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If we needed any more evidence that they just do things differently at Oxbridge, we’ve got it right here: the country’s two most illustrious universities are about to go head to head, not on the football or rugby pitch, but on the horseracing track. Yes, move over football, rugby and rowing – the newest competition between our two top universities is between their student jockeys, not their oarsmen. This seems like a very, very Oxbridge thing to happen, in our opinion. After all, as The National Student’s very own Editor pointed out after this news landed on our desks, the only race that our uni lives seemed to consist of was seeing who could hurtle down the hill and into Bargain Booze in their shopping trolley the fastest. Well, we exaggerate. But you know, still. The fact that there are enough amateur jockeys at Oxbridge to make this a real thing is a little bit mind-blowing to us. And when is this esteemed celebration of the country’s most talented equestrian, erm, talent going to take place? Well, it’s all going down at Newmarket’s (where else?) Rowley Mile course, on Dubai Future Champions Day (no, us neither...) on 17th October. Five riders from each university will be donning the blues at Newmarket, to see which institution can boast the best horseback skill. Apparently, they’re spending the summer training at the British Horse Racing School... which sounds like a fairly intense way to spend August, if you want our opinion.
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