November 2019 newsletter

October 2019 was a surprisingly warm month – the warmest October I remember in my time in the Czech Republic. The month produced a number of very pleasant warm afternoons for racegoers, especially for the Velka Pardubicka weekend and for the long weekend at the end of the month.

Subway Dancer is entered for the Hong Kong Vase

Czech-trained Subway Dancer’s name is on the list of entries for the Hong Kong Vase, one of the races at the international meeting in Hong Kong in December. Trainer Zdeno Koplík’s horse, which won a Group 2 race in France last Sunday, figures among the 72 entries, sixty of which are from outside Hong Kong. The 2400-metre Hong Kong Vase will be run on December 8th.

October 2019 newsletter

The October newsletter did not appear as intended at the end of September. It has been on my conscience. However, I have done a count, and I was shocked to see that this is the 29th entry on these pages since the September newsletter! That is a crazy amount, and much more than even the most devoted readers would want to read.

English language video of VP 2019

There is a video with a pretty good English-language commentary on the Velka Pardubicka on Racing TV, which you can find quite easily on YouTube. Well done, the commentator, who was not put off by the difficult Czech or French names of many of the 21 runners, and also knew the complicated course followed by the horses very well!

Czech Television's VP coverage ignores the majority

For several years now, I have spent many hours in the days after the Velka Pardubicka watching the Czech Television coverage of the race day, after which I have written my comments. I have always praised the photography. Czech Television always sends out a large camera crew to cover this major social and racing event, and also the autumn colours.