Jan Faltejsek worked abroad in the UK and in France for many years, but has always made a point of getting back to ride in his home town, Pardubice, and also riding in Italy and France, mainly for Czech trainers and owners. He has five times ridden the winner of the Velka Pardubicka (Orphée des Blins 3X, Charme Look and Tzigane du Berlais).
The Vítek family has raised the basic capital of Turf Praha, a.s., and the old tradition of betting on races at Prague Velká Chuchle can continue
In these newsletters, I sometimes write about the weather conditions in the previous month, and sometimes I do not. This implies that I tend to report on unusual weather, for example the extraordinarily warm and sunny mid-October day on which the 2018 Velka Pardubicka was run, and to ignore the normal spring, summer and autumn days that predominate every year.
In 2017, Jaromír Šafář won the title of Czech champion jockey on the flat, and took on a new challenge in Germany, accepting an offer to work for trainer Pavel Vovčenko. His first season in Germany has now come to an end, but within the framework of that season he also rode in a total of 77 races in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
This interview, in which Miloslav Vlček discusses a range of topics with Martina Krejčí, general secretary of the Jockey Club of the Czech Republic, first appeared in Czech language on the Fitmin-Turf Magazin website at the end of December 2018.
The last two weeks of December were very quiet for me, as I was able to ‘finish with Christmas celebrations’ by about December 17th. I was then able to catch up with the latest news about Czech racing, and to spend Christmas day translating some items that I thought you might want to click on to.