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Exciting races will be offered again in Merano on Sunday. © © PHOTO PRESS ARIGOSSI 2021

The big hurdles Sunday in Merano

Darkalon is the name that catches the eye among the 52 starters on Sunday in Untermais. The five-year-old gelding from the Aichner racing team is celebrating his comeback in the Pietro Santoni Prize after an injury break of almost two years.

On Sunday, the Pietro Santoni Prize is the first big test for the older hurdlers with a view to the Great Hurdle Race in Italy. Although the big stars like Mauricius and Zanini are still missing from the starting list, Darkalon is a welcome returnee.


Three-year-old and one of the great hopes in the Aichner stable, tendon damage kept the impressive gelding away from the racetracks for almost two years. Coach Josef Vana has built up Darkalon very carefully and is confident for Sunday:

“The gelding is certainly not at 100 percent of his performance yet, but his training performance gives hope,” explained Vana. The mare Vezzana and Mangiapeccati accompany the gelding on his return.

Natam must be observed

The trio will certainly settle the score with Natam. The gelding is coached by Josef Vana Sr. announced at its best. Arc En Ciel, who dares to take a leap in quality, the track newcomer Jazzman Du Large and the “veteran” Aventus complete the field with outsider chances.

Strong cross-country specialists compete on the cross course. The winner of the Nations' Prize has to fend off the attack from Santa Klara and White Wood. The tests on the flat track also promise excitement.

So Riccardo Belluco with Azteco and Antonio Ferramosca with Blue Kiss in the Prize Gruberhof have to fend off the attack from Claudia Wendel with Villabate and the German Amazon Claudia Pledl with No Waltz.

Seven races from 14 p.m

The horse racing course in Merano opens at 12 p.m., an hour later a tour of the racing course awaits visitors, followed by the Haflinger horse race at 14 p.m., while live music shortens the racing breaks.

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