Today, the 10th Mongol Derby, the longest and toughest horse race in the world, 1,000 km across the Mongolian steppe, was won by Adrian Corboy from Australia and Annabel Neasham, from England.
Annabel is Racing Manager to Ciaron Maher in Melbourne and Adrian stepped in at the last minute for Ciaron and is one of his work riders and backs horses for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The pair crossed the line at 13.25 today (Mongolia time) having received no vet penalties at all throughout the race. HQ reports:
“We’ve seen great horsemanship from both – clear vet cards. At every station AC carries both saddles in giving the horses a break while AN dumps the remains of their hydration packs on their horses to cool them down #mongolderby2018”
The pair completed the race in six days and faced typical Mongolian weather – monsoon rain, fog, boiling hot sun, cold one minute, hot the next – as well as a flooded steppe with lots of rivers to cross.
Annabel commented, “People say when they finish, they could easily do another 1,000 km, well…I think I’m good with this.”
Continue to follow the closing stage of the race here: twitter.com/mongolderbylive
or use the tracker map here: blogging.theadventurists.com/map/adventure/mongolderby18
You can also sign up now for 2019 here.