Velka Pardubicka race conditions for 2013

Race conditions


CzK  5.000.000 (2.000.000 – 1.100.000 – 700.000 – 500.000 – 350.000 – 200.000 – 150.000)

 Owner’s prizes (for owners of Czech-bred horses) 50.000 Kč (25.000 – 15.000 – 10.000)                        

 Prizes for the owner, trainer and rider of the winning horse will be awarded by the race sponsor, Česká pojišťovna, a.s. A prize will be awarded to the owner of the winning horse by the mayor of the Town of Pardubice. A prize will be awarded to the owner of the winning horse by the Czech Steeplechase Association. Gold brooches will be awarded to the owner, trainer and rider of the winning horse by the board of Dostihovy Spolek. Prizes for the riders of the horses finishing in 2nd to 7th place will be awarded by Dostihovy Spolek. The ceremonial announcement after the race will be attended by the owner, trainer and rider of the winning horse and also by the riders of the horses placed 2nd – 7th.

 For 6-year-olds and older, which have fulfilled the following qualifying conditions:

 Horses must have completed at least one qualifying race in 2013, without falling or refusing/running out. The qualifying races are races Nos. 4021, 4041, 4061 and 4071 at Pardubice racecourse, races in the Crystal Cup series, with the exception of the Velka Pardubicka, or a steeplechase or cross-country steeplechase over a distance of at least 4 800 metres in Ireland, the United Kingdom, France or Italy, held after October 15th, 2012.

 The winner of the 122nd Velka Pardubicka is allowed to run without pre-qualifying.

 It is a condition for the participation of a rider that she/he must have ridden at least 10 winners over fences in her/his career, and must have finished at least one steeplechase or cross-country steeplechase in 2013, or alternatively must have been placed at least 10 times in races over fences in her/his career and must have completed at least one qualifying race for the Velka Pardubicka in 2013.

 Weight: 67 kg. Mares have an allowance of 2 kg.

 All runners must participate in the parade in front of the main stand. All riders are required to wear on both sleeves the emblem bearing the name of the race, and all grooms leading out the horses are required to wear the jacket and cap of the sponsor.


            Entries close                    Thursday              16.05.2013  12.00 midday                              CzK 10.000

              1st supplementary entries    Thursday             29.08.2013  12.00 midday                              CzK 50.000

              2nd supplementary entries  Thursday              19.09.2013  12.00 midday                              CzK  90.000

              3rd supplementary entries   Thursday              27.09.2013  12.00 midday                              CzK 100.000

              Declaration to run               Friday                  04.10.2013    9.00 a.m.                                  CzK   50.000

              Declaration of riders            Friday                  04.10.2013    2.00 p.m.

Obstacles to be taken: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,10a,11,12,13,14,15,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30

 Note: Supplementary entries concern only horses that have not already been entered.

 In the 123rd Velka Pardubicka, horses will be eliminated in accordance with the Horseracing Code § 281 a), whereby 15 places in the starting line-up will be preferentially reserved for horses of owners registered by the Jockey Club of the Czech Republic.


The conditions are similar to past years. A significant change is that the veterinary inspection at 8 a.m. on the morning of the race is no longer a condition for the race. This inspection was very unpopular with Czech trainers. The prize money has been raised from CzK 4 500 000 to CzK 5 000 000, i.e. almost EUR 200 000. A new rule is that 15 places in the race are reserved for Czech-owned horses. In the past, though not stated here, 25 runners have been allowed in the race. The race is therefore, in effect, limited to 10 foreign runners. It not likely that more than 10 foreign horses will be declared for the race. Note that entries for the race close very early, on May 16th. Supplementary entries can be made later, of course.