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Pantomime Horse Race Birmingham 2005

The fourth annual running of the City Plaza Pantomime Horse Grand National took place on Sunday 4th December, on Edgbaston Street, St. Martin's, near the Bullring. With around 33 horses and Babu taking part.

Competition was fierce. Jockeys had to contend with a gruelling 12-fence obstacle course with the water jump and foam bath providing the biggest challenge to competitors.

100.7 Heart fm's Darren Kelly hosted the event, with Heart fm entrant, Hoof Hearted, Pantomime stars from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre, Birmingham Hippodrome, The Alexandra Theatre, the Old Rep and the Crescent were also be on hand to cheer on the horses. Nature Centre's very own Babu the Red Panda also made an appearance after another great escape.

The final was watched by the The former Bishop for Birmingham, the Rt Rev John Sentamu and The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams with The Lord Mayor John Hood. After the race the Bishop and Archbishop walked through the Bullring and German market before Dr Sentamu bid a final goodbye to Birmingham with a final service held at the ICC.

The event helped to raise money for the Lord Mayor's chosen charities - Acorns Children's Hospice, Leonard Cheshire Services, the Royal National Institute for the Blind and the Women's Campaign at Birmingham Hospital.

33 Rob Rum

11 Sparky's Kid
13 Mustang Loose

12 Ass Seen In A Voice
13 Mustang Loose

16 Go Faster

24 Bullring Comet

22 Bullring Prancer with Darren Kelly

Lord Mayer John Hood meets the riders before the start.

30 Brummie of the Year determined not to be unseated.

The Starter getting the horses in order for the first heat

33 Rob Rum in the lead out of the Foam Bath Hurdle

11 Sparky's Kid cleared The foam Bath

1 Big Eyes is first past the post in the second Heat

Fallers at the final fence

The Grandstand Bus outside St Martin's Church

Gallant looser Brummie of the Year at the post after falling at the first and every other before  >more

41 Last past the post Babu

The Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams

The Archbishop of Canterbury discuss racing form.

Rt Rev John Sentamu

The Archbishop of Canterbury



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