First race the train now race the horse

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A novel man-versus-horse sprint will be held during this Sunday’s 150th anniversary Cromwell Races. 

Central Otago-based Kid Columbus, last year’s New Zealand Grand National winner, will take on about six runners over 1600 metres, roughly a mile race. 

Kid Columbus – who may also race with a stable-mate – will be ridden by 1999 Grant National-winning jockey Megan Brick. 

The horses will start when the runners are about 700m from the finish-line. 

The organiser and commentator is Queenstowner Adrian Bailey, who put together the quirky Race The Train event in January which pitted runners against the Kingston Flyer steam train. 

In the invited field will be talented Otago 1500m runners Daniel Balchin, Jordan Maynard, Peter Meffan, Callan Moody and Wanaka’s Oska Inkster-Baynes (above). 

Inkster-Baynes, 20, says running in front of a large crowd will be an awesome experience but confesses: “I’m slightly scared of horses.” 

The Man versus Horse race is scheduled to run at 3.50pm.