Hegnus wins the Velka and Czech Television viewers have a great day at home

12-y-o Hegnus has won the 130th running of the Velka Pardubicka, after four horses had run side-by-side for a while after the last fence. In the end, second place went to Player, Vandual finished third, and the remaining prize-money winners were Talent, Tzigane du Berlais, Casper and Lodgian Whistle.

Hegnus is owned by František Ševců and trained by Radek Holčák, and was ridden by Slovak jockey, Lukáš Matuský.

Trainer Josef Váňa and jockey Jan Kratochvíl had won three of the earlier races, but that is well known to be a bad omen on Velka Pardubicka day. Kratochvíl and Sottovento came down at the Taxis, as did another Váňa-trained horse, Mazhilis. The first woman to ride in the Velka for six years, Veronika Skvařilová-Řezáčová, got over the Taxis, but was unseated at the next obstacle, the Irish Bank.

It was a strange Velka Pardubicka, behind closed doors. However, Czech Television provided 440 minutes of high-quality uninterrupted coverage of the event, including a lof of fine camerawork. Pardubice racecourse and the Czech horseracing community defied the virus and put on a memorable day of horseracing.