Green Light For Sanlúcar Horse Races In August

One of Andalucia’s most important social and sporting events – the Barrameda Horse Races are back on this year – after having been missed last year due to coronavirus restrictions.

The Sanlúcar Town Hall and the Royal Sanlúcar Horse Racing Society have agreed to hold the race meets as is usual during the month of August, pending final approval from the regional health authorities.

At the town hall meeting presided over by the town´s mayor, Víctor Mora, with Andalucian Tourism minister, Javier Porrúa, and Rafael Hidalgo, the president of the Sanlúcar Racing Society, the decision was made to hold races in two cycles – on the 3rd and 6th, and then,18th, 19th and 20th August.

The annual event is the most celebrated horse racing meet in Spain stretching back to 1845 and sees thoroughbreds racing along the Sanlúcar beaches at the mouth of the Guadalquivir River.

This year will see the delayed 175th anniversary which fell in 2020 celebrated in style.

The 2021 event will see marquees and hospitality beach tents set up on the Las Piletas area for race sponsors, VIP guests as well as the open space area for the retinue of commissioners, judges, jockey changing area as well as an area for the organisers.

Work is set to start immediately in order to be ready by mid-July with the town health and security commision to assess the situation at that time for the final decision.