Introducing the AST Photo of the Day - Pre-Race Training

The world's longest and toughest horse race thunders across 1000km of Mongolian wilderness. While the open steppe is perfect for recreating the ancient messenger system used by Genghis Khan it's not known for it's mobile signal.

To report on and manage the race as it plays out on the world's biggest racecourse we need help from our chums over at AST Systems UK. They provide top notch satellite communication equipment that enables the race crew to look after the riders and horses and keep us posted with daily updates and photos.

Official race photographer and former champion jockey Richard Dunwoody will be sending photos every day from the steppe, and we'll pick our favourite to feature as the Mongol Derby AST Photo of the Day. 

To kick things off here's a dramatic photo from the 3rd day of pre-race training on Tuesday 5th August, showing the youngest rider in the 48 strong field, 20 year old Briton Luke Berry, taking a tumble after trying to mount one of the semi-wild Mongolian horses. This is not unusual though, the Mongol Derby attracts some of the most experienced equestrians around and by the end of the race nearly all will have been thrown from their horse. Not all will be caught on camera quite like this though... 

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Guardsman Luke Berry hits the floor as other riders tack up.  Third training day 5th August . Click to enlarge.

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