The Jockey Club of the Czech Republic has announced the cancellation of two race meetings. The meetings planned for Saturday, September 21st at Mimoň and on Sunday, September 29th at Kolesa will not now take place. Both racecourses have given lack of funds as the reason for the cancellation.
Josef Váňa senior always has a number of well-fancied runners in the Velka Pardubicka. This year again he expects to have four good runners on October 13th.
One of his five entries for the race, 2017 VP winner No Time To Lose, is a non-runner, as he has had a setback. Ange Guardian and Zarif were qualified for the big race before the September qualification race at Pardubice on September 7th. Theophilos and Mazhilis finished 2nd and 3rd in that race, and are now expected to run on October 13th.
British jumps trainer Ferdy Murphy, who sent several horses over to run at Pardubice, has passed away. His best result in the Velka Pardubicka was at his first attempt, in 1996, when Irish Stamp finished second to Cipísek. He also brought one of his best horses, Paddy’s Return, over for the Paramo Gold Cup.
An unfamiliar but welcome sight in August 2019 has been the colour of green grass. In recent years, our racecourses have been yellow or brown from quite early in July until mid-September, and this year, too, the grass was looking stressed by the end of July. Nevertheless, the better equipped Czech racecourses had made an effort to keep the racetrack itself watered. Since the beginning of the racing season here, the going has been mainly good, or good to firm.