There is a video with a pretty good English-language commentary on the Velka Pardicka on Racing TV, which you can find quite easily on YouTube. Well done, the commentator, who was not put off by the difficult Czech or French names of many of the 21 runners, and also knew the complicated course followed by the horses very well!
Diane Hill and James Fry again sponsored the Best Turned Out Horses competition on Velka Pardubicka day this year. Diane was the judge, and she would like everyone to know her opinion: It was really good this year, difficult at times to make decisions!!
For several years now, I have spent many hours in the days after the Velka Pardubicka watching the Czech Television coverage of the race day, after which I have written my comments. I have always praised the photography. Czech Television always sends out a large camera crew to cover this major social and racing event, and also the autumn colours.
The 2019 Velka Pardubicka with Slavia Insurance was run on a remarkably warm and sunny day before a very large crowd in east Bohemia. Twenty runners went to the start.
A rumour that had been going around has been confirmed. Last year's winner of the Velka Pardubicka, Tzigane du Berlais, which is also currently the favourite for this year's race, had a colic attack and spent a couple of days in a clinic in Brno a few days after his last race, 5 weeks before the Velka Pardubicka. He had run very disappointingly in the September Qualification Race, and finished only fifth, well beaten by Talent and Theophilos.
We are told that Tzigane du Berlais seems to be OK and is expected to run in the Velka Pardubicka on Sunday.
Richard Askwith's outstanding biography of Countess Lata Brandisová, who in 1937 rode the winner of the Velka Pardubicka, was published in English a few months ago. Now, the book now has appeared in a Czech translation, which will be presented at Řitka on Friday afternoon, October 11th and at Pardubice racecourse on Saturday, October 12th.
Each year, Chris Simpson posts his pre-race analysis of the runners and riders in the Velka Pardubicka on his website. As usual, this is a very well informed analysis. In particular, he provides some useful information about British-trained Rathlin Rose, and about the form in France of numerous runners in the race that have run most of their races there. They were only more or less recently brought to be trained here in the Czech Republic.