When I started thinking about the April newsletter, a week before the end of March, I imagined it might start “At long last, winter seems to be over, and spring is upon us …”. However, as of 29/3/2013, there is again snow on the ground in the western suburbs of Prague. Night frosts are forecast for the foreseeable future, and there is no mention of when the daily maximum temperature might reach double figures. This has been the coldest March in my 22 winters in the Czech Republic, but it is not altogether a bad thing.
Josef Vana jnr maintained his 100% record in all jumps races held in Madrid, when he again rode the winner in the second jumps race held there. He was again on Orlov, trained by Calleja.
The AGM of the Czech Association of Thoroughbred Breeders and Racehorse Owners (ČSCHPMDK), held at Napajedla on March 9th, led to fundamental changes in the leadership of the association.
Jan Faltejsek rode the winner of the Česká pojišťovna Velká Pardubická steeplechase last October. That is the height of achievement for a jumps jockey in the Czech Republic. However, Faltejsek has also tried to break through in other countries in past years. In England, and in Italy.
The first jumps race held in Spain on February 24th at La Zarzula, the P. Glycerius Stakes, 2800 metres, with prize money of EUR 8500, was won by Orlov, trained in Spain by Callejo, ridden by Josef Vana jnr.
(This editorial, written by Petr Guth, appeared a few days ago in the Czech-language pages of Dostihový svět)