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Arkaitz dazzled at the Gran Premio Nacional at HZ
Thousands of spectators vibrated with emotion with horse races at the avenue of Paseo de la Castellana in Madrid

Arkaitz dazzled at the Gran Premio Nacional at HIPÓDROMO DE LA ZARZUELA

11/05/2014 - Madrid

Today, May 11th has been a really unforgettable day for all Turf lovers; in the morning took place at the Paseo de la Castellana four exhibition horse races which were attended by thousands of persons from Madrid in a unique world event, which was a success for everybody. Madrid Urban Turf paid homage to Spanish Turf and showed to Madrid’s inhabitants and visitors the sporting spectacle which every Sunday takes place at the horse racetrack of HIPÓDROMO DE LA ZARZUELA and the fantastic leisure plan which the facilities offer every weekend.

At HZ the thirteenth spring season race meeting was contested, which was attended by around three thousand five hundred persons, who left at the box offices a taking of more than 122,592 Euros, with a triple in the first race (1 – 4 – 11) which had a 1,052 Euros payout.

The Gran Premio Nacional was the main race, in which, without any room for a surprise, the colt from the stable Cuadra Di Benisichi, Arkaitz dazzled the public. After maintaining a sixth place very comfortably during all the race, the horse trained by Francisco Rodríguez took off strongly on the outside of the track, winning a resounding victory without almost any requirement from its jockey José Luis Martínez, who stated that he regards it as a splendid colt, with a great future ahead.

The second place went to Shigueru, which made an extraordinary race, although ending six and a half lengths behind the winner. Nelson was third, almost two more lengths behind.

Prizes Velayos, Camprodóm and Ming

Another of the most important contests in the evening was the Premio Velayos, in the second race, which was won by the colt from the stable Cuadra Bering. Yuso had a walk, rode by Oscar Ortiz de Urbina, strongly sprinting until it won a brilliant victory by three lengths ahead of Barbillón, who won the silver. Niquel managed to arrive third.

This has been the second triumph achieved by Jesús López as trainer, by Urbina as jockey, and stable Bering as owners, since the first race in the evening ended with this team’s victory.

It was the Premio Camprodóm, in which after being at the head of the pack Zuloaga during almost all the distance, resisting until winning the third place at the podium, Tramazales won a very easy victory running on the outside lanes, imposing himself with authority on Cronos, who arrived second, four lengths behind.

The team made up by Jeremy Crocquevieille and Teodoro Callejo also managed to obtain a twin victory this evening. In the third race, the Premio Torr, the favorite Mazariegos, made a real walk in which it won its fist victory after taking to the track five times. The colt from the stable Cuadra Santa Ana left its rivals behind during the last 300 meters, winning by four lengths over its pursuer Little Tinka; Por Fín completed the winning threesome; and in the Premio Octaviano Griñán of the fourth race, the triumph arrived with Dromeos, from the stable Cuadra Amigos del Moyate, who on the outside lanes reached the finish line as the winner in a very comfortable and easy way. Cascabel arrived more than three lengths behind, and Supercoco was third, more than two further lengths behind.

The evening ended with the Premio Ming, in the sixth race, with a beautiful and very contested arrival on the part of the three first classified, who fought until the end hand-by-hand. Argos, trained by Juan Carlos Rosell and rode by Ricardo Sousa, achieved its first victory for the stable Cuadra Barreiros, followed by Vallarta, half a length behind, and by Carrousel, just one head behind.

The winning combination for the Quíntuple Plus for today, Sunday May 11th is made up by the following numbers: 1 – 7 – 1 – 4 – 2 – 6.

Next race meetings

Next week there will be two new race meetings at the Hipódromo de La Zarzuela, on Thursday May 15th and on Sunday 18t. In both, the first race will begin at 4:30 pm.

Photo credit: Amigos del Moyate.

About HZ

Hipódromo de La Zarzuela is part of Patrimonio Histórico Nacional, and its grandstands are regarded as one of Madrid’s 20th Century architectural masterpieces. The facility covers a 110-hectare surface with a high ecological value, the equivalent of ten soccer fields, and it has first-level facilities on a privileged location within the city of Madrid, which means that the horse racetracks constitute the most important green lung of the Spanish capital, together with the historical El Retiro Park.

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.

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