Kamelie wins the First of May Chase, but the day at Lysa belongs to a small trainer and an unknown brood mare
The First of May steeplechase at Lysa nad Labem attracted a small and rather undistinguished field. The 6 runners were soon reduced to 5 when the pacemaker,Terebesz, unseated his rider early on. The race was then run at a very slow pace until the last kilometre. Godea put in a good effort, but was caught quite easily by Kamelie in the finishing straight. Kamelie seems to have recovered from a serious hoof problem. Trainer Greg Wroblewski is scratching his head over where to run her next. Italy would have been the automatic choice, but it is not clear whether racing will be taking place there, or whether and when prize money will be forthcoming.
The feature of the pleasant day's racing at Lysa was the triumphant success of local trainer Karel Germic. He saddled 3 winners and one second place. Even more remarkable was that all four of these horses were out of the unknown mare Armena (Czech-bred, by Czech-bred Laten). All were bred by Kubis, P. Three of the four are owned by Kis-vodomery.cz. It would be a pity to mention here how little prizemoney will accrue for these four successes at Category IV and Category V. Karel Germic had already trained a winner at Velka Chuchle in April, and he now leads the list of trainers for the season.