The following press release was issued by the Jockey Club of the Czech Republic on 31 July 2020
Only seven runners started in the third of the four qualification races for the 2020 Velka Pardubicka on Saturday, August 8th.
The weather the Czech Republic was mainly not too hot and not too dry in July 2020, until the second half of the month. Then there was a dry spell, which got quite hot as the end of the month approached. The number of local fires on farmland and on forest land, and also the number of thunderstorms leading to local floods up in the hills, began to increase, as is usual when there is a hot spell here, accompanied by thunderstorms, in the later part of the summer.
The second of the four qualification races for the 2020 Velka Pardubicka was run at Pardubice on Saturday, July 25th. The going was good, and the afternoon was cool for the end of July.
The four qualification races over 5800 metres at Pardubice racecourse will, as usual, be the main preparatory races for Czech-trained and Slovak-trained contenders for the Velka Pardubicka, which will be run on Sunday, October 11th.
On Tuesday evening, June 30th, a long table stretched along Charles Bridge, and people sat outside on a beautiful evening and enjoyed the food and drink that they had brought along to share with each other.