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The María Cristina distinguishes its great queen of the summer

‘Hardpia’, winner of the María Cristina in 2020, participates again this year. / PETER MARTINEZ

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The mares face each other this afternoon (7:00 p.m.) for the Donostiarra crown in a date with the flavor of Big Week

History is full of great revolutionaries who, day by day, broke with what was established in society. Brave women who paved the way for so many others in their fight for equality. In the turf narrative, however, the great mares have enjoyed a preferential place. Some left their mark on the María Cristina award, which since 1986 has been in charge of making a selection to crown the best mare of our turf every summer.

With many more lights than shadows, the 2,200 meters of the San Sebastian route have given us victories for ‘Teresa’, ‘Baldoria’ or ‘La Cibeles’, mares that crossed the invisible barrier that allows them to stay forever. ‘Hardpia’ and ‘Navia’, the two great favorites of this edition, today play the hand that would make them the first to double victory in this century, to place themselves in the Basque oligarchy together with ‘Nitzana’, ‘Bay Hill ‘ and ‘Kantia’.

The crown is held by ‘Navia’. And those who have seen her compete know what that means. The chestnut embodies the values ​​that most transcend a thoroughbred: consistency, heart, dedication, quality… A combination of virtues that make it one of the most beloved horses on our turf. There will be at least half a dozen elements with more value competing in Spain, but few have the charisma of a mare that gets bigger every time she competes in Donostia.

‘Inés’, unlucky in her last two races, has a large dose of class and could be the great cover of the race

Surprising in its appearance in 2020, ‘Hardpia’, seventh last year, has confirmed its quality over time. Her third place in the Fille de l’Air (Group 3) could not be achieved by any of her rivals today, but after winning the Teresa in the spring, her goals seem to be heading for the autumn.

In any case, we will not commit the temerity to underestimate your candidacy. ‘Inés’, unlucky in her last two but with a large dose of class, could be the covered one.

Criterium Preparatory

The day begins at 7:00 p.m. to make room for the PMU schedule, which will cover the last four races of the meeting. In addition to María Cristina, which will be the third, the program presents the International Critérium preparatory as an incentive.

The creation of the Santander Cup has multiplied the interest of the great event for the foals, who will finalize their set-up in a very open and interesting duel. We liked ‘Queen of Glory’ a lot in its previous victory and, in a meeting with a feminine fragrance, it could continue its progression against good males.

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