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Since the mid-1600s, 10 riders have hurtled bareback around Siena, Italy's shell-shaped central square in a desperate bid to win the Palio, a silk banner depicting the Madonna and child.

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Jockey Elias Mannucci of "Istrice" (Porcupine) area rides his steed amid the main practice for the Palio horse race in Siena, Italy June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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A drummer wearing a conventional outfit is seen before the main practice for the Palio horse race in Siena, Italy June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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The steed of the "Nicchio" (Shell) area is escorted by its man of the hour and took after by supporters as they leave Del Campo square in Siena, Italy June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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The steed of the "Nicchio" (Shell) area is escorted by its husband to be as they touches base for the principal hone in Del Campo square in Siena, Italy June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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The stallion of the "Lupa" (Wolf) ward is escorted by its husband to be and trailed by supporters as they leave Del Campo square in Siena, Italy June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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The stallion of the "Lupa" (Wolf) area is escorted by its husband to be and trailed by supporters as they leave Del Campo square in Siena, Italy June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Del Mangia tower is seen in Del Campo square in Siena, Italy June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini

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Jockey Luigi Bruschelli of "Drago" (Dragon) ward rides his steed amid the main practice for the Palio horse race in Siena, Italy June 29, 2016. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini