A YouTube video showing the 1994 Castletown Donkey Derby has gone viral, attracting more than 150,000 views at the time of writing.
One of the riders in the video has been identified as Billy Lee, now a jockey in Dubai. He lost the race to his sister, Jennifer Lee, after his donkey, Percy, was more interested in mounting the winning Donkey. The third rider failing to keep his mount “out of the bushes”.The video went online in November, but media attention in the last week had seen viewers skyrocket.
The commentary was provided by former Castletown publican Joe O’Brien, who turned up and was handed the microphone.
More than 220 people have commented on the video. Ten expressed their dislike, with at least one commenting on the whipping of the donkeys.