Thursday, June 09, 2005

Hipodromo Costa del Sol Mijas Horse RaceCourse

Carrera Entertainment is the Company for Horse-Racing in Southern Spain. Presently they run the two premier race courses in Andalucia; the Costa del Sol Racecourse on the coast just inland from Fuengirola and the Gran Hipódromo de Andalucia in Dos Hermanas just outside the Andalucian Capital, Sevilla.

Facilities at the racecourse are second to none, with constant improvements on a weekly basis. Currently at the racecourse there are 300 boxes for racehorses with a further 80 for show jumpers etc. A total of four spacious paddocks can be found, with horse walkers, veterinary facilities and quarantine area.
For race day, although there is no grandstand, there is seating for 2,000 not to mention four bars, three restaurants, three fast food outlets, children’s entertainment and tented shops.

For racing aficionados, the Costa del Sol Racecourse is a fibrous sand track. Horses train on the track during the early hours of the week, with many international trainers based at the Costa del Sol racecourse. The feature races, which include the Spanish Derby, Oaks and Mijas Cup, attract owners and trainers from all over Europe with horses of good calibre.
The recently run Spanish Derby, saw Fol Parade take the €58,800 first prize, Fol Parade has a current French horseracing rating of 42. The step up in distance to the mile and a half contest saw considerable improvement and connections are looking towards black type contests outside of Spain.
Race cards usually consist of six races and betting uses the familiar Tote betting system. Official Race Programs is given on entry to the course, in full colour complete with jockey colours and form guide.

The course is well endowed with bars and restaurants, and live music continues well into the early hours. There is always something going on with a number of different themes throughout the racing season. In addition you will always find a flamenco show on stage during race meetings. No wonder the company says that a visit to the Mijas course is, “More than just a day at the races!�

Entrance is priced at €7 with VIP entrance at €15; VIP entrance entitles the holder of the day’s VIP badge to avail themselves of the VIP facilities in the Sadler’s Wells suite. For the regular race goers, Costa del Sol course offers low cost membership – with full VIP entitlement – for just €160 for 2005.
Racing has just begun its summer season, with meetings on Friday nights. The first race is always at 10’o’clock and gates are open at 8pm.


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