• Short Summary

    Horse racing, the sport of kings, started again in Beirut on Sunday (19 June) under the protection of Syrian guns and against the background of continued civil war in the south of Lebanon.

  • Description

    1.
    GV Racegoers in grand stand (2 shots)
    0.06

    2.
    SV Security men checking cars at entrance
    0.13

    3.
    TV AND SV Horses parading in ring
    0.27

    4.
    TV Money lender dealing with customer at track
    0.32

    5.
    SV AND CU Jockey mount, punter watches (2 shots)
    0.37

    6.
    SV AND CU People at betting windows
    0.47

    7.
    TGV PAN Start of race
    0.53

    8.
    SV PAN Race in progress, houses down straight
    1.12

    9.
    SV AND SV PAN Spectators watch finish of race (3 shots)
    1.26

    10.
    CU AND BACK VIEW Winning horse being led away (2 shots)
    1.34



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    SPORT: HORSE RACING

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Horse racing, the sport of kings, started again in Beirut on Sunday (19 June) under the protection of Syrian guns and against the background of continued civil war in the south of Lebanon. The race meeting, the first for two years in the city, showed that despite their problems, the Lebanese seem determined to make a return to normal life.

    SYNOPSIS: Nearly 5,000 race-starved Lebanese packed into the course and many had to be turned away at the gates. The large number of Syrian peace-keeping troops did not detract from the cheerful atmosphere. Owners and trainers paraded their horses for the first time since Autumn, 1975, when the track became part of the front line, dividing right and left-wing forces in the 19-month civil war.

    Money dealers were out in force, and there were plenty of willing customers.

    For jockeys mounting for the first race -- and for the punters -- it was a nervous time. Betting was brisk, though largely for small stakes. Punters didn't want to take any big risks after such a long break.

    The first race, over 1,400 metres (yards) on a track softened by a morning thunderstorm, was the climax of more than six months of preparations to repair the track and facilities damaged during the war. Plans are underway to install an elaborate electronic results board, imported from Australia, and left in storage for more than two years. The Islamic Council, and influential Moslem body in Beirut has objected to the reopening of the track because of the gambling. The first meeting was so popular, however, that the organisers plan two meetings a week for the rest of the season.

    The victory by Bint Hind won for his owner 5,000 Lebanese pounds (GBP1000 Sterling). The sport of kings is alive, and well again, in Lebanon.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA5JDGACV3VSCM9455F6LFFLXQT
    Media URN:
    VLVA5JDGACV3VSCM9455F6LFFLXQT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/06/1977
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:35:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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