A few years ago, Eliška Kubinová went abroad as an almost unknown graduate of the School for Apprentices at Prague Velká Chuchle. It was some time before she got a licence to ride in the USA, but when she started riding in Oregon she very soon developed into a massively successful jockey. Many Czech girl riders dream of following in her footsteps. Lenka Helmecká is just starting out.
January 2018 was a remarkably mild month in the Czech Republic. The main way for residents of Prague to see snow or even a proper frost this winter has been to get into a car and drive up into the mountains. Personally, I would not dream of going in search of snow and frost, in a car, on narrow, icy mountain roads.
Former jumps jockey and racehorse trainer František Grassl passed away on December 16th, at the age of 79.
Somehow, there has always been something more pressing to do, throughout the last three weeks, than to write an October newsletter.
Sunday, October 8th, 2017
127th running of the Velka Pardubicka, with Česká pojišťovna
James Fry reports that French trainer Guillaume Macaire is at the moment planning to run Virtus D'Estruval in the Velka Pardubicka. This horse was among the entries for the Velka Pardubicka that were made in May.
James Reveley, who finished fourth in the Velka Pardubicka on Maljimar in 2012, has ridden the horse in his last three races. It is hoped he may ride here on October 8th. Virtus D'Estruval finished a very creditable 3rd in his last start, which was in the Crystal Cup race at Craon, in France, on September 3rd.