THE oldest horse race in Spain is to burst onto the beach of Sanlucar de Barrameda on the Costa de la Luz this summer.

The series of races which sees horses thundering along the sand just inches away from the waves of the Med dates back to 1845.

The experience comes complete with spectator stands, bookies and paddocks – with the crowd just a hair’s breadth away from the action.

This year’s event will take place over two three-day periods, beginning August 12 and August 27.