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.
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.
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!
Diane Hill and James Fry again sponsored the Best Turned Out Horses competition on Velka Pardubicka day this year. Diane was the judge, and she would like everyone to know her opinion: It was really good this year, difficult at times to make decisions!!
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.