Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
SIENA

Valdimontone association wins Palio di Siena horseback race

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(ANSA) - Siena, August 16 - The contrada di Valdimontone
neighbourhood association emerged victorious in Thursday's Palio
di Siena horse race as crowds of onlookers and fans cheered on
bareback jockeys running laps around the central square of the
Tuscan town at breakneck speed.
Italian Interior Minister Anna Maria Cancellieri was amongst
those watching the race.
Ten horses, each representing a neighbourhood group called a
contrada, compete to win the Palio di Siena race, an
11th-century Christian festival that honours the Virgin Mary.
The Valdimontone contrada won Thursday's race with its horse
Lo Specialista, or The Specialist, mounted by jockey Jonatan
'Scompiglio' ('Havoc') Bartoletti.
Animal activists have slammed the race for years as being
cruel, as over 50 horses have been killed in the past 40 years.

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