Categoría: the bulls in English

Main Gate or Infirmary Door

Main Gate or Infirmary Door Corrida de toros. Fifth of the Fallas festejos. March 17.00. Cold, overcast day. Maestro Enrique Ponce leads the paseillo with Alejandro Talavante. Paco Ureña, the third name on the cartel, is the matador I will especially be looking forward to. He returns after his amazing encounter here in July of last year and later was garlanded in almost every feria. The emotional but fragile toreo of the young man from Lorca (Murcia) is a refreshing change to the somewhat mechanical toreo we see too much of. I am not a great fan of Talavante’s toreo and Enrique Ponce is a torero with a career of 28 years whose intelligence, his taurine knowledge and his grace has enchanted many people although I must admit Ponce can also bore my socks off. Bulls from Garcigrande/Domingo Hernandez, colours red and white/and blue. Weights of the bulls 539, 534, 534, 540, 545 and 553 kilos. Ponce in a mole-grey suit, Talavante in bright red and Ureña in white and gold. A clouded sky after a rainy afternoon. It stayed dry throughout the corrida. A sold out plaza saw me once again take refuge in the press box. I never thought I’d say this but after a career of 28 years astonishing the people with his taurine intelligence, Enrique Ponce has become a torero of habits, who bases his...

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The arrogance of youth

The arrogance of youth Feria de Las Fallas, Friday, March 16. Corrida de toros from Nuñez de Cuvillo. The only first category ranch that doesn’t belong to the mighty Unión de Criadores de Toros de Lidia. Frenchman Sebastián Castella (Beziers 1983, alt. Beziers 2000), José Maria Dols Samper ‘Manzanares’ (Alicante 1982, alt. Alicante 2003) and Andrés Roca Rey, the fearless, some say reckless young Peruvian (Lima 1996, alt. Nimes 2015) who is shooting up the rankings with breakneck speed. He knows Valencia expects a lot of him as he triumphed in all of his visits to the Coso de Monleón, going out on shoulders on three occasions last year. It looks like I will be sitting on the steps tonight, as the sign of No Hay Billetes has gone up. Luckily I made it to the press box on the first floor and had a glorious front row seat. Weight of the bulls: 537, 535, (541 rejected) 531, 534, 532 and 542. Castella in pale blue and gold, Mazanares bright red and gold while Andrés Roca Rey wore a grass-green suit with gold trimmings. Lovely cool spring weather. Had it not been for the young Peruvian, the evening would have been different and had it not been for Rosito, the smallest bull Nuñez del Cuvillo sent to Valencia, Roca Rey would not have triumphed. But, had the bull Lanzafuego not been...

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Vivero gets the band playing

Vivero gets the band playing Third corrida de toros. Thursday, March 15. Toros from Fuente Ymbro, founded in 1996 and probably the most successful branch of the Domecq (Jandilla) bloodline. Color of its divisa: Green and its distinctive brand, the cross covered Gallardo G. Matadores: Juan Bautista (born Jean Baptiste Jalabert in Nimes, the taurine capital of France. Alternativa: Nimes 1999 ) with two young matadors: Sevillian Daniel Luque and José Garrido, from Badajóz. Bautista is a matador whose style I would not describe as spectacular. In my view southerners Luque and Garrido are the ones to watch. Luque took his alternativa in 2007. Tomas Garrido won the prestigious Final of the Certamen Internacional in Malaga in 2012 and took his alternativa in 2015. Both showed great promise at the beginning of their careers but have now come to a point where it is vital to triumph. As the Spaniard says: “Ojala”. No news yet on who is to take Román’s place on Monday Gallardo’s bulls were a disgrace. All were weak and either lost their footing or stumbled or rolled over. If I follow my notes, the first animal weighed almost six hundred kilos, looked like those bisons you can see in the caves of Altamira and lost its feet as soon as it entered the bullring. It stumbled during the tercio de varas, it stumbled through the...

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Details of a novillada

Details of a novillada March 13, second novillada with pics. Novillos from El Freixo, who graze in the province of Badajoz. A ganaderia owned by Julian Lopez El Juli, with a recent bloodline of Garcigrande and Daniel Ruiz cattle. Divisa old gold and sky blue. For the novilleros Antonio Catalán Palazón ‘Toñete’ (Madrid, 03.02.1997) who debuted with picadors in Zaragoza on April 23, 2016. 21-year-old Jorge Rico Olcina from Alicante and Marcos (Pérez) a novillero from the Cuenca school of tauromachy who gave up toreo for a while but returned to the bullring in 2017. The sun was out, the sky was blue. Rain is expected tomorrow… Prologue. I may have been a bit hasty. Jesus Chover, who went out on shoulders after yesterday’s novillada, should enjoy a long and rich career in bullfighting. To quote the 70-year-old matador Carlos Escolar Martin: “Retire? I will never retire, at least not voluntarily.” There is now a strong rumor that the injured Roman’s place on the 19th will be filled by Jesus Chover, to take his alternativa. And why not? Prologue #2. Toñete was in ‘blood’ and gold or, as DCI Helen Jones would say: Claret and gold. Jorge Rico wore a white and silver suit and Marcos came out in bottle green and gold. Expectation were high for this novillada. At the morning sorteo, the novillos looked big, fat and...

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Rompelunas opens Fallas.

Rompelunas opens Fallas. Saturday 10 March at 17.00. Novillada without picadores. Heavy rain with thunder and lightining during the first three bulls. Large puddles on the floor made it difficult and dangerous for the toreros to perform. Glorious golden sunlight with a double rainbow in the second half. Two-year-olds from Nazario Ibañez, four reds and two blacks. Well presented but unequal in weight and horns. (As is ususal with novilladas sin picadores, no weight was posted). Last four well proportioned, well horned. Best bull of the evening number six, Empacho. The beginning of the Fallas cycle for the students of the bullfighting schools José Antonio Valencia, a Venezuelan from the escuela de Arles (F), the Mexican Arturo Gilio and Borja Collado an alumno of the escuela de Valencia. 1. Rompelunas, colorado. Slightly distracted but concentrated during the faena de muleta. For José Antonio Valencia The young Venezuelan, attached to the Arles school of Tauromaquia is a novillero-banderillero but no doubt the condition of the sand hindered his performance. Still very much a student of bullfighting, his handling of the muleta is very limited. The estocada got four handkerchiefs waving after which he came out and saluted the crowd. 2. Barbapavido, colorado, also distracted at first but fine during the faena. For Arturo Grilio Still heavy rain which didn’t stop all three going down on their knees during their quites:...

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