Czech horseracing mourns the passing of Filip Minařík

Filip Minařík, the most successful Czech jockey in history, tragically passed away on Monday at the age of 48. His wife Katja has asked  through the German media for no questions or condolences to be sent to his family.  Filip Minařík gained his first experience as a rider in Prague, but his greatest successes were at the racecourses in Germany, where he won the jockeys’ championship four times and won some of the biggest races,  including the Grosser Preis von Baden. He also rode successfully in Japan and in other leading centres of horseracing.

Two horses trained in Ireland by Peter Maher have been sent over to the Czech Republic to prepare for the Velka Pardubicka.

Two horses trained in Ireland by Peter Maher have been sent over to the Czech Republic to prepare for the Velka Pardubicka. They will both run in a Category II crosscountry steeplechase at Pardubice on Saturday, September 2nd, and the plan is that they will stay here until the Velka Pardubicka, which is on Sunday, October 8th. The two horses will spend the interim period in the care of Greg Wroblewski, whose many claims to fame include the fact that he was the trainer of triple Velka Pardubicka winner Orphée des Blins.

August Velka Pardubicka qualification race is on Saturday

The main route for the Czech-trained and Slovak-trained contenders to qualify and prepare for this year’s 133rd running of the Velka Pardubicka with Slavia Insurance takes in at least one of the four qualification races run at Pardubice racecourse. The third qualification race, the Chládek&Tintěra, Pardubice a.s. Stakes, will be run on Saturday, August 5th. The first race on Saturday will be at 1 p.m. The qualification race, the last of eight races on the card, is at 5.50 p.m.

Two of the four VP qualification races have been run

Slavia Insurance, now in their fifth year as the main sponsor of the Velka Pardubicka, put up special sponsorship for this year’s second VP qualification race on June 24th at Pardubice racecourse. Prizemoney of one million Czech crowns (more than EUR 40 000) was a very large amount for a race over obstacles in the Czech Republic, though the Velka Pardubicka carries prizemoney of CZK 5 million this year.

One Million Crowns of Prizemoney. Lodgian Whistle never headed.

Pardubice, 24 June 2023 – The second richest race of the season over fences in the Czech Republic, after the Velka Pardubicka, was the second VP Qualification race, which was run as the Slavia Insurance Cup, with prizemoney of exactly one million crowns. The race  was won by 10-y-o Lodgian Whistle, which was never headed. He beat off a late run by Sacamiro, with Santa Klara, one of the fancied runners, finishing in third place. The qualification conditions were met by all nine horses that got round the course.