2 luglio 2022


Drago wins Palio ridden with only 6 contrade

Contrada del Drago won the Palio di Siena, 2 July 2022. The Drago triumphed in the photo finish ahead of Torre. Only 6 districts participated in the Palio. After the exclusion this morning of Istrice and Chiocciola due to minor injuries to the horses, before the forfeit of Leocorno (another injury to a horse) and of Bruco after the jockey’s fall in one of the starting attempts.

To bring Drago to victory was the horse Zio Frac, a seven-year-old bay gelding debut at the Palio, ridden by the jockey Giovanni Atzeni known as Tittia. The jockey won his eighth career Palio today. The previous victory of Drago dates back to 2 July 2018. The Contrada in the centuries-old history of the Sienese festival has thus reached its 39th victory.

Drago snatched the ‘Cencio’ from Chiocciola, Pantera, Torre, Valdimontone and Lupa. The winning Contrada was thus awarded the drappellone that this year bears the signature of the English painter Emma Sergeant: it is an elegant figurative work, in which the skilful gouche hatching enhances the representation giving life to that union between the sacred and the profane that the Palio di Siena is able to create. Of great visual impact the head of a horse that dominates the whole central part, the true and only protagonist of the Sienese festival, which releases beauty, strength.

The alignment to the ropes of the horses was particularly agitated, which recorded five false starts starting at 19.30 when the quadrupeds entered Piazza del Campo after the parade of the 17 Contrade Historical Parade, opened by the Drappello dei Carabinieri on horseback . The triumph of Drago took place after 57 minutes from the start of the Career.

The exit of the horses of the Leocorno and the Bruco from the race was not the only twist of the Palio of 2 July initially foreseen with the Career of ten districts. In the morning, after the ‘provaccia’, the mayor Luigi De Mossi, after consulting the veterinary commission, had to exclude two horses from the race, that of Civetta and that of Istrice, due to minor injuries reported by the animals. “A painful decision, but necessary to protect the protection of horses,” said the mayor.

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1 Una Per Tutti 2 Viemmidietro
3 Zenis 4 Ungaro De Bonorva
5 Violenta Da Clodia 6 Vitzichesu
7 Takatursa 8 Tiepolo
9 Volpino 10 Zeus Zeno
11 Rio Manigos 12 Zeniata
13 Schietta 14 Vankook
15 Unamore 16 Tout Beau
17 Vento Fresco 18 Zinzula Sedilesa
19 Vino Santo 20 Zenios
21 Zentile 22 Uragano Rosso
23 Zio Rosas 24 Tristezza
25 Viso D’Angelo 26 Volcan De Bonorva
27 Zio Frac 28 Urmia
29 Urian 30 Symposium
31 Reo Confesso 32 Unico Ozierese
33 Balzana 34 Zaminde


1° Batteria 2° Batteria
1 27 Zio Frac 1 22 Uragano Rosso
2 31 Reo Confesso 2 8 Tiepolo
3 7 Takatursa 3 6 Vitzichesu
4 21 Zentile 4 34 Zaminde
5 25 Viso D’Angelo 5 12 Zeniata
6 29 Urian 6 30 Symposium
R 1 Una Per Tutti R 33 Balzana
3° Batteria 4° Batteria
1 15 Unamore 1 26 Volcan De Bonorva
2 10 Zeus Zeno 2 17 Vento Fresco
3 5 Violenta Da Clodia 3 14 Vankook
4 9 Volpino 4 3 Zenis
5 16 Tout Beau 5 23 Zio Rosas
6 4 Ungaro De Bonorva 6 28 Urmia
R 13 Schietta R 19 Vino Santo
5° Batteria
1 24 Tristezza
2 11 Rio Manigos
3 20 Zenios
4 18 Zinzula Sedilesa
5 32 Unico Ozierese
R 2 Viemmidietro


1 1 Una Per Tutti Pantera
2 6 Vitzuchesu Valdimontone
3 9 Volpino Leocorno
4 13 Schietta Istrice
5 14 Vankook Civetta
6 21 Zentile Chiocciola
7 22 Uragano Rosso Bruco
8 25 Viso D’Angelo Torre
9 27 Zio Frac Drago
10 31 Reo Confesso Lupa


Prima Prova  Seconda Prova
1 Valdimontone Antonio Mula 1 Torre Scompiglio
2 Istrice Brigante 2 Pantera Turbine
3 Leocorno Tempesta 3 Civetta Bighino
4 Lupa Bellocchio 4 Chiocciola Gingillo
5 Drago Tittia 5 Bruco Scangeo
6 Bruco Scangeo 6 Drago Tittia
7 Chiocciola Gingillo 7 Lupa Bellocchio
8 Civetta Bighino 8 Leocorno Tempesta
9 Pantera Turbine 9 Istrice Brigante
R Torre Scompiglio R Valdimontone Antonio Mula
Terza Prova  Quarta Prova
1 Valdimontone Antonio Mula 1 Chiocciola Gingillo
2 Civetta Bighino 2 Lupa Bellocchio
3 Leocorno Tempesta 3 Pantera Turbine
4 Torre Scompiglio 4 Bruco Scangeo
5 Istrice Brigante 5 Drago Tittia
6 Drago Tittia 6 Istrice Brigante
7 Bruco Scangeo 7 Torre Scompiglio
8 Pantera Turbine 8 Leocorno Tempesta
9 Lupa Bellocchio 9 Civetta Bighino
R Chiocciola Gingillo R Valdimontone Antonio Mula
Prova Generale Provaccia
1 Pantera Turbine 1 Lupa Bellocchio
2 Valdimontone Antonio Mula 2 Drago Tittia
3 Leocorno Tempesta 3 Torre Scompiglio
4 Istrice Brigante 4 Bruco Scangeo
5 Civetta Carburo 5 Chiocciola Gingillo
6 Chiocciola Gingillo 6 Civetta niet gereden
7 Bruco Scangeo 7 Istrice niet gereden
8 Torre Scompiglio 8 Leocorno Tempesta
9 Drago Tittia 9 Valdimontone Antonio Mula
R Lupa Bellocchio R Pantera Turbine

Il Palio

1 Valdimontone Shardana
2 Bruco niet gereden
3 Istrice niet gereden
4 Lupa Bellocchio
5 Torre Scompiglio
6 Chiocciola Gingillo
7 Drago Tittia
8 Pantera Turbine
9 Civetta niet gereden
R Leocorno niet gereden