The 2018 Velka Pardubicka was run on a remarkably sunny, pleasantly warm mid-October afternoon. The bright weather had brought out the largest crowd, by some margin, that I have seen at Pardubice racecourse over a period of 25 years. The course had been affected by a long, very hot and very dry summer, but it had been watered quite extensively.
128th running of the Velká pardubická withs Česká pojišťovna
Steeplechase crosscountry, Listed, 6900 metres ,CZK 5 000 000
Sunday, October 14th 2018
128th running of the Velka Pardubicka with Česka pojišťovna
PROGRAMME OF EVENTS
11:00 Opening Ceremony
Just one supplementary entry for the Velka Pardubicka was announced on September 27th.
All of the efforts that went into European Jockeys’ Cup day at Prague Velká Chuchle racecourse on September 22nd were rewarded by a wonderful afternoon of horseracing, certainly the best raceday in the modern era of flat racing in the Czech Republic. Despite the discouraging weather forecast, it was a pleasantly warm, dry afternoon.
The draw for starting gates and for the allocation of jockeys for European Jockeys’ Cup day (Saturday, September 22) were made today at the Clarion Old Town Hotel in Prague. The list of horses and jockeys, and the starting box numbers, can be found on http://www.dostihyjc.cz/startky.php – click on to 22.9 Praha, on the left.