Czech Racing


Jiří Charvát resumes as president of the Jockey Club of the Czech Republic

At its meeting on November 30th, 2023, the final point on the agenda of the Council of the Jockey Club of the Czech Republic was the election of the president of the Jockey Club of the Czech Republic for a four-year period. The two candidates were the present president since the end of 2019, Ing. Josef Bečvář, and his predecessor, JUDr. Ing. Jiří Charvát, who served as president from April 2014 until December 2019. In the first round of voting, neither candidate won the required two thirds majority, and in the second round Jiří Charvát won by ten votes to five.

Simona Laubeová overcoming injury and bad luck

The school for apprentices at Prague Velká Chuchle racecourse provides a good opportunity for young people to learn to care for racehorses and start on their way towards becoming a jockey and working with horses. Each September, there is a new intake of teenagers – nowadays mainly girls – and the hardest-working and most talented can progress quite quickly.


The 2023 season in the Czech Republic is coming to an end, with a cancelled meeting and a rearranged meeting.

On October 24th, Dostihový spolek, organisers of events at Pardubice racecourse, announced that it was cancelling the final race meeting of the 2023 season at Pardubice, which had been scheduled for November 12th.

18 declared runners for the Velka Pardubicka

The declared runners and riders for the Velka Pardubicka were announced on Wednesday, September 27th. Three entered horses were not declared. French-trained Polinuit ran in the Gran Premio at Merano last weekend, instead of the Velka Pardubicka, and finished third. Gap Pierji, one of two entries owned by Scuderia Aichner, ran in the Crystal Cup race at Merano last weekend, and finished second. The other non-runner is outsider Paris Eiffel.

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.

Seven horses have qualified for the Velka Pardubicka

The series of four qualification races for the 133rd running of the Velka Pardubicka with Slavia Insurance has got under way. The hero of the first act is Chelmsford, a 7-year-old chestnut, ridden by Jan Kratochvíl and trained by Josef Váňa senior. All seven finishers fulfilled the new qualification criteria. From this year, the first five past the post qualify for the big race automatically, but there is now a time limit of 20 seconds behind the winner for any other finishers to qualify.


Josef Bečvář, president of the Jockey Club of the Czech Republic answers questions about the finances of Czech horseracing, and other issues

The following interview appeared on January 14th, 2023 in Czech language on the Fitmin & Turf Magazín website Fitmin & TURF Magazín - S prezidentem Jockey Clubu Josefem Bečvářem nejen o financování českých dostihů.