The equivalent of the Oodnadatta cup here in Egypt was cancelled last night
The Akmed cup for 2 year old knackered dromedaries was abruptly called off last night much to the chagrin of the bookies but delight of the grunting spitting so called ships of the desert.
Mohamad Hamzy, considered royalty among the date sellers around the Giza pyramid, had not felt well for a couple of days and passed away without fanfare with only a cluster of date sellers gathered around his hessian bed in his mud brick shack.
Mohamad had toiled at the base of the pyramid since he was 6 years old and most people referred to him as a prince, or even God-like figure, from Cairo to the Valley of the Kings, and his death at 96 years sent a shock wave through the usually sedate date selling community.
As a matter of respect for ‘Mo’, the prestigious 3000 metre Giza cup for 2 year old knackers handicap with set weights and 9 yo apprentices around the base of the sandy base of Giza was unexpectedly called off at short notice leaving the bookies at Egyptbet sitting 3 wide and without cover. Worse than being washed out they reckoned.
Anyway Mo was given a lovely sendoff according to Muslim tradition and 4 weeks of national mourning was declared. Mo would have been over the moon to know that politicians have excused themselves from any form of labour for that period just as the pineapple sellers wept tears of blood.
Many tablets extolling Mo’s accomplishments have been written in stone in the traditional manner since his passing, many more tablets will be written but the fabulous life of Mo will be remembered for an outstanding life of service to the Giza Community Date Sellers Association and date sellers all over the world!