Spain: Royal runner required for San Sebastian’s anniversary

San Sebastian

San Sebastian racecourse are celebrating their 100th anniversary

  PICTURE: San Sebastian Racecourse  

Spain: Officials at San Sebastian racecourse in northern Spain are hoping to attract a royal runner for their 100th anniversary celebrations over the next couple of months.

Trainers have until July 15 to enter horses for four international races this summer at the popular racing venue dubbed the ‘Spanish Deauville’, where Paul Webber has twice won the Gran Premio de San Sebastian in recent seasons with Australia Day (2012) and Tindaro (2014).

The Queen also won a race at San Sebastian in 1993 when Michael Hills partnered the Lord Huntingdon-trained Enharmonic to win the Gobierno Vasco, now a Listed race worth Euro47,600 on August 21.

Racing began at San Sebastian in 1916 and the track’s international agent Nick Higgins explained: “I have written to HM The Queen and her racing manager John Warren to formally invite Her Majesty to have a runner with us in what is our centenary year in the hope that she can repeat her last and only raid.”

On August 15, San Sebastian hosts the Euro88,000 Copa de Oro, the third-richest Listed race in Europe on August 15, while the Gran Premio itself takes place on September 10.

 

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