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Thousands of people from Madrid vibrated with the emotion of the Hipódromo’s horse races at the capital’s heart

11/05/2014 - Madrid

This morning, thousands of Madrid’s inhabitants have lived in person the excitement of horse racing at HIPÓDROMO DE LA ZARZUELA, in the Paseo de la Castellana, an event which had never before been made in any other country in the world. The horse racetrack of Hipódromo de La Zarzuela wished with this event to pay homage to the turf history in Spain, taking its thoroughbreds to the street so that citizens can enjoy the beauty and emotion of the spectacle which takes place every Sunday at the emblematic facilities at La Zarzuela.

With this event, horse racing has returned to the place on which was located Madrid’s horse racetrack from 1873 to 1933, between Nuevos Ministerios and the football stadium Santiago Bernabéu. This is the first initiative of the Open HZ Plan, the new leisure proposal which the capital’s horse racetrack has set up, and which will offer Madrid’s inhabitants a wide range of events and activities, such as concerts, shows, car and motorbike exhibitions, fairs, etc. and which turns the Hipódromo de La Zarzuela into one of the great leisure references in Madrid.

A total of four races of English thoroughbreds took place, in which participated first level Spanish jockeys, and which arose the emotion of those attending the races, which had the unique opportunity of experiencing in person a day at the races in the middle of the city.

The winners were as follows:

An unprecedented technical display

Sponsors: Halcón Viajes and BMW

“We are glad of being able to collaborate in bringing back a great party like today’s, with horses at La Castellana –declares Mr. Juan José Hidalgo, Chairperson of grupo Globalia. Mr. Jesús Juárez, General Manager of Halcón Viajes, the company which sponsors the event, adds: “For us it is important that the Halcón brand is associated to leisurely and sporting activities, because tourism, which is our industry, is made up by those same ingredients. We are glad to see all those smiles, that emotion, in the public which today filled La Castellana”.

The network of BMW car dealers of the Comunidad de Madrid, official sponsor of the Halcón Viajes Madrid Urban Turf, was present with a stand on which it displayed both the models which make up its current range, as well as then novelties for 2014. The public had the opportunity of being the first to see two of the Brand’s most important launches for this year; the new BMW X4 and the new BMW Series 4 Gran Coupé.

Furthermore, BMW had “Special Series Urban Turf” in a number of its cars, with specific purchasing terms and conditions and in keeping with such an event. The “CVs” were present both inside and outside the track.

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About Hipódromo de La Zarzuela

Hipódromo de La Zarzuela is located in the Spanish city of Madrid. It is in the middle of the park which bears the same name, near El Pardo, on km 7.8 of the Northwest Highway (A-6). It was designed by the architects Mr. Carlos Arniches Moltó and Mr. Martín Domínguez, with the collaboration of the Civil Works engineer Mr. Eduardo Torroja. Its grandstands were catalogued as a Historical Artistic Monument in 1980.

HIPÓDROMO DE LA ZARZUELA belongs to Grupo SEPI, a corporate holding which includes a total of 16 state-owned companies in which it has direct, majority shareholding participations, with a workforce of more than 75,000 professionals in 2012; it also includes the Spanish state-owned television and radio corporation, Corporación Radiotelevisión Española, which is attached to SEPI, and one public foundation. Equally, SEPI has direct minority shareholdings in a further nine companies, and indirect shareholdings in more than one hundred companies.

About Open HZ

Open HZ is the new cultural and leisure offer from Hipódromo de La Zarzuela; it is located within a privileged environment, which spans 110 Hectares in the midst of Nature, and just 5 minutes away from Madrid. Music concerts, car and motorbikes exhibits, boxing contests, vintage decoration, and gastronomy will be some of the events which this multidisciplinary area will offer to visitors.

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