"The ultimate guide to racing in
Nicholas Godfrey looks at the racing scene at the home of the World Cup.
Pages 12 and 13.
"WHERE HOOVES BEAT TO SOUND OF THE SAMBA"
" ALTHOUGH it might not seem like it during the forthcoming World Cup , football is by no means the only sport in
this summer. Or winter, strictly
speaking , according to the southern- hemisphere calendar . Brazil
"If they've got an awful lot of coffee in
as the old song goes, they've also got a fair bit of horseracing , even if the
sport is not in the rudest of health. In
an attempt to cash in on the World Cup effect, they even moved the date of the country's top race, the Grand Premio
Brasil at Gavea in Brazil Rio: usually run on the
first Sunday in August, the £240,000 event was run yesterday . The Maracana
stadium, set to host the World Cup
final, used to house the city's racecourse before it was moved to its current
site near the lagoon.
even has its own superstar
jockey in Jorge Ricardo, the former world leader in career victories with an
astonishing 12,200 winners to his name..
A legend in his native Rio, 'Ricardinho' is back riding again after a serious
injury that left him sidelined for five months, forfeiting his lead in the
world-record race to his equally prolific North American rival Russell Baze in
December. " Brazil
Sporting Bet,Horse Racing & Breeding in
horses like Gentleman, Riboletta, Much Better, Gavea racecourse, The Jockey
Club do Brasil. Brazil
"The countries Main Racecourses" .
The low down
2, 812 foals
Euros 166 million betting turnover
Euros 27.5 million prize-money
An interesting feature to read through