Donkey Race excitement takes over Top Hill

August 01, 2018
Ian Allen/ Photographer Shane Ellis poses on his donkey, Dulciminia.
Ian Allen/ Photographer Shane Ellis poses with his donkey, Dulciminia.

Every Emancipation Day, scores of residents and more recently visitors, flock to the sides of the narrow road of Top Hill, St Catherine in support of the annual donkey race.

The question on everybody's tongue in the
rural farming community is who will gallop away with this year's winning title.

More than 12 donkeys, their owners and riders have gathered to participate in the 24-year tradition. Last year's winner, Star Boy and Long Distance Stulla (the 2016 winner) have also returned.

According to Marlon Jackson, the 28-year-old jockey that rode Star Boy to the victory, the race will be unpredictable.

"Unlike horse race weh have Caymanas Track fi train, the donkey dem don't have no set track, is just depends on the talent dem born with," Jackson told The STAR.

He continued: "The work done carrying sugar cane and to find grass on the country road is the only training Star Boy gets."

Percival Blair, organizer of the donkey race, says it is rare for a repeat winner but it has happened in the past.

"All the donkeys look fit but you will never see the true fitness until the race," said Blair.

"Long Distance Stulla, among other donkeys, is here to challenge Star Boy," said young jockey, Fitzroy Richards.

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