Czech Derby day and the second VP qualification race this weekend

The upcoming weekend offers a good range of horseracing in the Czech Republic. We begin on Friday evening, when there will be three races on the flat followed by three races over hurdles. A few years ago, we experimented with ‘bumpers’ at Pardubice, but they did not attract a lot of interest.

The General Secretary of the Czech Jockey Club answers questions about funding Czech horseracing in Covid times

In January 2018, not long after the Vítek family took over the Velká Chuchle racecourse area, Martin Pecka was appointed racecourse manager. After spending less than three years at the racecourse that is the headquarters of Czech racing,

Chris Richner died of Covid-19 yesterday(April 13th) in France.

Chris was a Swiss citizen who appeared in the Czech Republic in about 1999, and set about becoming a major racehorse owner here. Initially, his great ambition was to win the Velka Pardubicka. At first he owned a number of racehorses, trained at Lysa and at Mimon. After some years commuting between Switzerland and the Czech Republic, he decided to live mainly in the Czech Republic and he set up with his own trainer, Pavel Kinsky.

November 2020 newsletter

In October 2020, all the COVID-19 indicators for the Czech Republic went up and up, until we were informed that our figures were the worst for any country in Europe, perhaps with the exception of Andorra, and then the indicators just kept on going up. Finally, in the last couple of days of the month, the figures went down a little. The way back down will take longer than the way up.

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