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.
On August 8th, Dostihový spolek, organisers of events at Pardubice racecourse, announced a new race-naming partner for the 129th running of the Velka Pardubicka. The Slavia pojišťovna insurance company, which has operated in the Czech lands for 150 years, will cooperate with Dostihový spolek for at least the next three years. This year’s race will carry the name 129. Velká pardubická se Slavia pojišťovnou (129th running of the Velka Pardubicka with Slavia Insurance).
Martin Korba (photo) completed his service as manager of Pardubice racecourse at the end of July 2019. The racecourse lost two major sponsors, Česká pojišťovna and Agrofert, last year, and replacing them has proved difficult. Responsibility for this had to be placed on somebody.
The new racecourse manager, Jaroslav Müller, has started work at the racecourse. I understand that his background is in managing racehorse breeding. His wife, Veronika, worked at Pardubice racecourse for a couple of years, a dozen years ago.