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Spectators at the Untermais racecourse will also be treated to thrilling scenes on Sunday when the 84th Grand Prix takes place.

Grand Prix of Meran for the 84th time

The starting field for the 84th Meran South Tyrol Grand Prix has not yet been determined (starters will be announced on Wednesday, September 20th at 9.30 a.m. in the official gallery of the race course), but this year too there will be a high-class edition of the classic.

On Sunday, horses from France, the Czech Republic, Poland, Switzerland and the host country are expected to take on the 5.000 meter long course of Italy's most important steeplechase. The Grand Prix is ​​accompanied by a top-class racing weekend. A total of 13 flat and steeplechase races, including 5 group races, are on the program on the two racing days on Saturday and Sunday. The Haflinger horses will also make their big appearance on Saturday. They will choose their champion at the 6th Merano Haflinger Grand Prix – Memorial Richard Plack. An international weekend with a series of supporting events of particular importance. After the great success of the last few years, Helmuth Töpfer returns to the parterre of the Rennplatz with his preview of the WineFestival with the tasting of fine wines and gastronomic delicacies on Saturday and Sunday.


Grand Prix Meran South Tyrol South Tyrol always means fashion and glamour. While the guests are treated to fine food in the sponsors' marquees, the ladies and gentlemen stroll around the facility in the latest fashion creations and fine thread. The most elegant lady and, for the first time this year, the most elegant gentleman will be chosen as part of the Lady and Mister Fashion 2023 competition, while acrobats, musicians, dancers and artists will provide additional elegance and grace with their performances in front of and in the stands. The Albanian singer Sonia Malaj, the new star in the Italian lyric heaven Raffaele Bellavista and Sarah Togni and Katlin Quadrelli will provide entertainment and a magical atmosphere during the breaks with their acrobatics and dance show Le Voyage.
Tickets for the event can still be purchased online on the website www.ippodromomerano.it and at the ticket offices on Sparkassenstrasse Meran and in the offices of Meran Galopp GmbH at Rennstallweg 37. 20 free places are available for people with disabilities and their companions.

The program of the meeting

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd
Opening of the racecourse at 12.00:XNUMX p.m. with restaurant service and the preview of the Merano WineFestival (tasting of fine wines and gastronomic delicacies)
1st race at around 14.00 p.m. - The program includes the Memorial Mario Argenton Prize (Hunting Race - Group 2), the 79th Nations Prize - Chrystal Cup - Memorial Marco Rocca (Cross Country - Group 2) and another 4 races.

For the 6th time, the Meran Grand Prix of the Haflinger Horses - Memorial Richard Plack will be held as part of the meeting on Saturday. The mares compete in a flat test over a distance of 1.400 meters.

SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 24TH
The racecourse opens at 11.30 a.m. with restaurant service and a preview of the WineFestival (tasting of fine wines and gastronomic delicacies)
1st race at around 13.20 p.m. - The program includes the 84th Grand Prix of Meran South Tyrol, the Great Hurdle Race of Meran (Group 1), the 15th Autumn Criterion of the 3-year-olds - Trophy Il Pido (Group 1), the hurdle race the 4-year-old – Red Moon Sparkling (Group 1), the Kurt Goldegg prize and 2 other races and a number of supporting events.

Glamour, elegance, showrooms and “lady fashion”

“Meran like Ascot” was the headline in the section of one of the most important online newspapers about the Meran South Tyrol Grand Prix three years ago. A title that speaks to exactly what the major event in Merano has offered in recent years. Glamor and elegance have impressively returned to the spectator stands and to the parterre of the racing venue. The 3 edition will continue this trend. In this context, the “Lady Fashion” competition is in the program for the fourth time. A new addition this year is that the most elegant gentleman in the audience will also be chosen. He will be determined by a prominent jury and, together with Lady Fashion, will climb into one of the festival carriages and take part in the award ceremony for the winners of the Grand Prize. The winner also receives interesting honorary prizes. Elegance and grace also characterize the artists who will enchant the audience with dance, ballet and musical interludes during the breaks on the ground floor in front of the stands, while artists will provide the thrill. Some elegant exhibition stands from renowned companies will once again be on the ground floor this year. In the stands, the guests of some companies have the opportunity to watch and enjoy the Grand Prix in their “Sky Box” with selected dishes and fine wines from the front row.

Entertainment and elegance on the ground floor

Fine champagne and other delicacies can be enjoyed between the two grandstands with live music on both racing days.

In addition, the meeting offers its visitors a special star. The well-known entertainer and singer Filippo Merola will entertain the audience on both afternoons. The showman and musician is a regular guest on well-known shows such as Domenica In, Casa RAI 1 and Festa Italiana and will present his extensive repertoire of songs and sketches.

The Rennplatz restaurant and the newly designed, elegant bar between the stands will also open their doors at 12.00:11.30 p.m. (Saturday) and XNUMX:XNUMX a.m. (Sunday). There are also small snacks available for visitors at various points around the race course.
A large children's playground is available for younger guests.

Schlagwörter: Equestrian Merano gallop

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