Thursday, 21st November 2019
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The home of horse racing in Spain

The home of horse racing in Spain

Whereas Newmarket is considered the home of horseracing in Northern Europe, the “Hipodromo de Mijas” is considered the home of horse racing in Spain.

It is said that horse racing and Newmarket were established in England by Boadicea, when she founded a royal stud nearby in order to stage racing events. In 1605, King James I enjoyed his horse racing in Newmarket, where he eventually moved his court to, from London.

Racing itself was seriously established under King James II, who drew up the original plans for Newmarket and visited it often. His favourite horse was called “Old Rowley” and “The Rowley Mile Course” commemorates this fact.

As we enter the racing season, in particular with the event of the 1000 and 2000 Guineas events in Newmarket on the 30th of April and 1st May respectively, it should be noted that, whereas Newmarket is considered the home of horseracing in Northern Europe, the “Hipodromo de Mijas” is considered the home of horse racing in Spain.

The Hipodromo was first built as a tourist attraction under the auspices of the local authority, however, to sustain viability, it needed expertise intimately involved with racing. Luckily it came forward in the shape of European money and European expertise and today the Hipodromo is proud of its 450 quality horses stabled there, which are often taken to international events and big races in the U.K., Ireland and France, such as Cagnes-sur-Mer.

The success of Mijas last year also lead to the Seville Hippodromo moving under the control of the same management, who spent some considerable amount of capital to improve this massive race course, that still looked like SevilleÂ’s Airport, to a modern, grass, multiple straight starts race course.
Modern day flat horse racing, to North European standards, is now possible at both race courses, parallel with the U.K. and Ireland.

This year is particularly significant to the history of Spanish horse racing because, for the first time ever, there will take place a first and a second day festival of racing, replicating the passion and feel so far only experienced in meetings in the U.K. or Ireland.

Because all the horses in the race are quality experienced runners, the finish is usually fairly close and very, very exciting. A Spanish Derby! And, with substantial prize moneys involved!

As customary at such big races, the horses will parade at the entrance to the race to give “punters” the chance to consider their options, after all the steaks can be high.

For this purpose, VCBet made history by becoming the first major bookmaker to offer legalised betting, operating under the licence owned by Equiniela (Carrera Entertainment) in Andalucia, Spain.
The historical move will see VCBet offer betting on horse racing at the provinceÂ’s Mijas (Costa Del Sol) and Dos Hermanas (Seville) race courses. In addition to Spanish racing VCBet will offer off course betting on racing from around the world.

The ground-breaking move was brought about after VCBet teamed up with Spanish leisure operative Carrera Entertainment – to offer betting throughout Andalucia.

”The Spanish people have a natural affinity with horses and we view the country as one of the most significant areas in the European market,” commented Ed Andrewes, Managing Director of VCBet. 
”We are very excited to be working exclusively with Victor Chandler in Andalucia and believe that this will be a productive partnership for the future,” said Frank Mani, Carrera Entertainment.

Under the deal, VCBet will be introducing licensed betting to 100 betting terminals in bars and restaurants in the first year throughout the province, there are further plans to provide dedicated betting shops and other outlets - where customers will be able to bet on racing from around the world.


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 When & Where

24th April at Dos Hermanas Hippodrome in Seville
6 Races Card, featuring a classic “2000 Guineas”.
3 year old colts only, with a total prize money of €59.500 (€35,000 for the winner).

15th May at Mijas Hippodrome
6 races card, featuring “The Mijas Grand Premio” sponsored by the Junta de Andalucia.
Total prize moneys €86,700 (€51,000 for the winner).

28th May at Mijas Hippodrome 
6 races card, featuring “Gran Premio Spanish Oakes”.
3 year old fillies only, with a total prize money of €51,000 (€30,000 for the winner).

29th May at Mijas Hippodrome
6 races card, featuring “The Spanish Derby”.
3 year old colts & fillies, with a total prize money €99,960 (€58,800 for the winner).

DonÂ’t leave it too late!
The first race at Dos Hermanas in Seville starts at 1 pm and at Mijas at 2 pm
The gates open two hours before the first race.



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