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11 February 2018
Race Report made with the assistance of Lucia Olascoaga
Hituzaingo Racetrack, Trinidad, Flores, Uruguay. Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 February 2018. Thanks to the Emirati hospitality, the Uruguayan riders, trainers, farriers and vets, all very active during the UAE season (when summer starts in the south hemisphere), managed to continue training horses in Uruguay and flew over to compete.
Meanwhile the season started mid summer in central Uruguay. Although it didn’t look there were many participants, a total of 137 horses came to compete last weekend.
Summer is the time breeders start qualifying their young horses. In the characteristic vast Uruguayan countrysides, most foals are born in spring (September) which is also the season breeders select the best horses of a new generation to start the taming process.
It was a pleasure to see the new horses on track on Saturday in Trinidad, but the stars of the race were the CEI2* 120km participants who overpassed the 24km/h average speed in a fast track under hot weather and very hard surface. The race was divided in four loops 38.5, 34.5km, 28 and 19km.
Dr. Fernanda Villar, winner in the senior category, told us “the air was hot and horses couldn’t make a good heart recovery”...
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