IT is not known whether the star torero who was due to fight all six bulls at Ronda’s celebrated Goyesca bullfight will be able to make it.
Morante de la Puebla suffered a severe goring in Huesca on August 10 and it is ‘in the balance’ whether he can make it at the event on September 7.
“He is still in rehabilitation and we can’t be sure whether he will make it,” said a source. “We are all keeping our fingers crossed.”
The event, which is the highlight of the town’s annual feria, is one of Spain’s most famous fights, attended by politicians, aristocrats and celebrities from around the country.
It dates back to 1954 when Spain’s famous Ronda-born bullfighter Antonio Ordonez made a pact to dress up for the annual event dressed in historic costume as a tribute to 18th century bullfighter Pedro Romero, also from Ronda.
He modelled his outfit on a painting of the matador by Francisco Goya.
A parade will kick-start five days of festivities at this year’s Feria de Pedro Romero in Ronda.
The event, beginning today, is a celebration of the town’s bullfighting heritage – Ronda has the oldest bullring in Spain – and sees participants riding in carriages while in traditional dress.
Other highlights include a flamenco festival and an arts and crafts fair.