South America: Covid-19 means it’s all change for 2021 continental championship

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Gustavo Calvente celebrates as Tetaze passes the post in GP Latinoamericano in Argentina in March 2020. Photo: OSAF

By Nicholas Godfrey

Uruguay: Covid-19 is already interfering with the 2021 global horse racing calendar with news that the G1 Gran Premio Latinoamericano has been postponed until October and moved from Peru to Uruguay.

Instead of being run at Monterrico in the Peruvian capital Lima, the 37th edition of South America’s most prestigious race will be held on October 24 at Maronas in Montevideo, which is a less arduous journey for the majority of major South American racing nations. The G2 Longines Cup, the annual support race, will be held on the same card.

Argentina: El Latino – triumph and rancour in continental championship

Known colloquially as ‘El Latino’ and sponsored by Longines, the GP Latinoamericano is a $500,000 contest that travels around the continent to be run in a different nation every 12 months.

OSAF, the continent’s governing body, issued a statement to explain the later date, saying: “This decision has been taken in line with OSAF’s intention to organise the race and series of related events in the best possible conditions, ensuring that the highest quality standards are met at all time, and also ensuring the participation of the best competitors and the attendance of renown international guests from the racing industry.”

Often labelled the ‘Copa Libertadores de Turf’, the most recent running of the GP Latinoamericano took place in March behind closed doors at San Isidro, just outside the Argentine capital Buenos Aires.

It resulted in a one-two for the home team as Tetaze held off the favourite Mirinaque to become Argentina’s seventh winner in 36 editions. Though they have won three of the last four, they still trail Brazil (ten wins), Chile and Peru (nine each).

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