For several years now, I have spent many hours in the days after the Velka Pardubicka watching the Czech Television coverage of the race day, after which I have written my comments. I have always praised the photography. Czech Television always sends out a large camera crew to cover this major social and racing event, and also the autumn colours.
The Jockey Club of the Czech Republic has announced the cancellation of two race meetings. The meetings planned for Saturday, September 21st at Mimoň and on Sunday, September 29th at Kolesa will not now take place. Both racecourses have given lack of funds as the reason for the cancellation.
Josef Váňa senior always has a number of well-fancied runners in the Velka Pardubicka. This year again he expects to have four good runners on October 13th.
One of his five entries for the race, 2017 VP winner No Time To Lose, is a non-runner, as he has had a setback. Ange Guardian and Zarif were qualified for the big race before the September qualification race at Pardubice on September 7th. Theophilos and Mazhilis finished 2nd and 3rd in that race, and are now expected to run on October 13th.