Most articles on this English language website do well to reach 100 readers, but two have done particularly well. Both were written by Giancarlo Fochesato 'our man in italy' at the beginning of this year, giving an interesting insight into issues in Italian racing, especially at Merano racecourse. The article that you can click on to below has currently had 995 readers, and is about the issue of who would take over the management of Merano racecourse for the 2013 season http://www.dostihovy-svet.cz/en/node/1002
All the horses in training at Prague Velka Chuchle racecourse have been sent away and have found temporary homes elsewhere. The last trainer to leave was Ladislav Fedorowicz, on Monday morning. His horses have been taken to Lysa nad Labem. Other horses have been taken in mainly by yards in Central Bohemia.
Prague Velka Chuchle racecourse is entirely covered with muddy water, and it is clear that the last two meetings before the summer break cannot be held there. Karlovy Vary racecourse, which is the best available alternative for the Czech Derby, is also not in a fit state. The Czech Derby was scheduled for June 23rd at Prague Velka Chuchle. Discussions are taking place about what to do, and an announcement is expected today. (The only realistic options are Most racecourse, or postponement, or both)
Prague Velka Chuchle racecourse is now completely under water, and the horses that are trained at the racecourse have been moved out. See the latest pictures from the racecourse webcam. http://www.dostihyjc.cz/mapy.php?ID=1.
I am told that May was an unusually cool and wet month here – but I think those of you living in northern Europe, would happily have exchanged your weather for ours in the past month. Except in the mountains, we did not have a frost in May.
The first of the four qualification races for the Velka Pardubicka, the Town of Pardubice Grand Prix, 5 800 metres, crosscountry, was run on good ground on May 26th, an overcast, cool afternoon. The prize money, CzK 300 000, was 50% higher than in previous years.