Twenty-three declared to run in the Velka, including two from Ireland and one from England

Runners and riders for the Velka Pardubicka have been announced, and three Irish-trained horses have stood their ground. Irish-trained Dr Pat will be ridden by Richie McLernon and Uncle Junior by Emmet Mullins. English-rained Maljimar will be ridden by James Reveley.The Czech runners and riders are more or less as expected. The Josef Vana stable has 5 runners: Tiumen (J. Vana snr), Sixteen (J. Bartos), Belmont (J. Vana jnr), Grilias (P. Hamblin) and Wyona (M. Kubik). Australian jockey Paul Hamblin rode Marath in the VP a couple of years ago, and Michal Kubik works at the Vana stable and is a young rider who has earned a ride in the race after picking up good experience by riding the stable's unfancied runners. Dusan Andres left the Wroblewski stable in order to keep the ride on well-fancied Valldemoso. Jan Faltejsek takes the ride on Wroblewski-trained Orphee des Blins. Cestmir Olehla's first rider Jaroslav Myska has chosen to ride Klaus, rather than September qualification race winner Ronino (J. Kousek). Jiri Charvat has three runners, each with a different trainer. Klaus (Olehla - Myska) may be the best of his challengers, but Belmont (Vana snr - Vana jnr) and Aspirant (J. Janda - O. Velek) are not without a chance. Aintree Grand National winning jockey Liam Treadwell has made three visits to Pardubice this year, winning the May and August qualification races on Trezor. Horse and jockey will resume this partnership on October 13th, and are likely to start as 2nd favourite, behind Tiumen. Karlsbad (R. Holcak - T. Boyer) won the June qualification race, and Boyer will ride him again in the Velka. Bremen Plan, considered a real VP prospect two years ago, has not done much recently, but he provides an interesting ride for Josef Sovka.          - .dostih (040901)Velká pardubická steeplechase České pojišťovnyStcc - cena L - 6+ - 6900 m - 4 800 000 Kč ARGENTAN, 8ž. Marek Stromský68,0DS RE&LA Frančák ASPIRANT(POL), 9Ondřej Velek68,0Dr.Charvát BELMONT(POL), 8ž. Josef Váňa 368,0Dr.Charvát BREMEN PLAN(POL), 9Josef Sovka68,0Nýznerov CABERNET(GER*), 7Rostislav Benš68,0DS Pegas DOCTOR PAT(IRE), 8Richie McLernon68,0John P.McManus GRILIAS, 8ž. Paul Francis Hamblin68,0Statek Chyše-Váňa IMBIR(POL), 8ž. Marcel Novák68,0Quartis-Zámecký Vrch KARLSBAD(GER), 9ž. Thomas Boyer68,0K-K Metal a.s. KLAUS(POL), 7ž. Jaroslav Myška68,0Dr.Charvát LE JACKPOT(FR), 9ž. Jaroslav Brečka68,0MPL Racing MALJIMAR(IRE), 12James Reveley68,0Mrs Jane Williams MANDARINO, 11ž. Pavel Kašný68,0EŽ Praha a.s. NIKAS, 7Petr Tůma68,0Castor ORPHEE DES BLINS(FR), 10ž. Jan Faltejsek66,0DS Pegas RONINO(POL), 7ž. Jiří Kousek68,0Wrbna Racing SIXTEEN(FR), 12ž. Josef Bartoš 266,0Jaroslav Bouček Buc-Film TIUMEN(POL), 11ž. Josef Váňa 268,0Köi Dent TOMIS, 11ž. Bohuslav Mátl65,0DS Malá Morávka TREZOR(POL), 8Liam Treadwell68,0Epicos UNCLE JUNIOR(IRE), 11Emmet Mullins68,0Mrs M McMahon VALLDEMOSO, 8ž. Dušan Andrés68,0DS Sendy Ostrava - Uhl WYONA(GER), 6Michal Kubík66,0Vasury Kolesa.