Turf Praha, organisers of racing at Prague Velka Chuchle, have announced that the meeting called off on October 28th will not be rearranged. The Czech horseracing season is therefore over, and Jaromir Safar retains his flat jockeys' championship.
Prague Velka Chuchle racecourse manager Petr Drahos has informed the Czech-language pages of Dostihovy Svet that a decision will be announced on Monday about rearranging the meeting at Velka Chuchle that had to be called off because of the snowbound conditions at the course on October 28th. The weather forecast indicates that it should be possible to run the races next weekend, but it is also necessary to get the consent of sponsors and the Jockey Club.
The final day of the horse racing season at Prague Velka Chuchle has been cancelled due to the unfit state of the racecourse. Five centimetres of snow fell on Saturday, and has not cleared this morning. An announcement will be made later about whether and when the meeting can be rearranged.
The last Saturday of the Czech horseracing season was accompanied by a swirling wind and by rain that turned to quite heavy snow. Racegoers were pleased to have penty of shelter and mulled wine, but horses and jockeys had a chilly afternoon.
The meetings at Pardubice on Saturday, first race at 12.00, and at Prague Velka Chuchle on Sunday, first race at 12.15, will bring the Czech racing season to an end.
Two jockeys, one over jumps and one on the flat, have a good chance of winning the jockeys' championship for the first time. Marcel Novak has ridden 13 winners this season, like Jaroslav Myska, but Novak leads on second places. Marcel Novak is not our most gifted jockey, but he is notably tough and determined in a country where jumps jockeys are tough and determined, and has worked very hard to be placed to win the title. Marek Stromsky or Josef Bartos could win the championship, too, but both would need to ride three more winners than either Novak or Myska.
In 2013, the Velka Pardubicka will return to its traditional date, the second Sunday in October. The race will be run on Sunday, October 13th.
Josef Bartos still hopes to win the jumps jockeys' championship for 2012. He has appealed against his disqualification in the first race on Velka Pardubicka day, when he rode All About Cossio. He was originally suspended from riding for two racing days, which would have virtually ended his chances in the championship. However, his suspension has now been put off pending the outcome of his appeal.
10-y-o Orphee des Blins, heroine of this year’s Velka Pardubicka, returned home to Zhoři in good shape and without any signs of major exhaustion. The mare, which completed the course without any major challenge from any of the other runners, is according to her trainer Greg Wroblewski, full of life and showing no signs that she has the longest race of her life behind her. “Everything is as it should be. She is healthy, cheerful and full of strength,” Wroblewski says. And he is looking to see where he might make further use of the mare’s good form later this year. And since crosscountry chasing is the domain of the French, and more recently also of the English and the Irish, those are the directions in which he is looking.