A conversation with Martina Krejčí, General Secretary of the Jockey Club of the Czech Republic, about the 2018 season, plans for the future, and changes in the JCCR

This interview, in which Miloslav Vlček discusses a range of topics with Martina Krejčí, general secretary of the Jockey Club of the Czech Republic, first appeared in Czech language on the Fitmin-Turf Magazin website at the end of December 2018.

December 2018 newsletter

At the beginning of November, as usual, the Czech racecourses began their five-month winter break. As usual, the racing websites and Facebook sites noted that there was a race meeting at Dresden, north of Prague and with a similar climate, almost three weeks after our final race day in the Czech Republic. Would it not have been possible to extend our season?

Delight My Fire wins the Velká slušovická

I enjoyed watching the last day of the Czech horseracing season on television. A well-devised programme of races attracted good fields for the races, on the flat and over fences, and a bright afternoon attracted a good crowd to Slušovice, a part of the country that is starved of good quality racing. We television viewers were well served by the television team, whose photographers did their usual fine job. Martin Cáp and Libor Šimůnek were well-informed presenters, and Marek Svačina read the races.

November 2018 newsletter

In October 2018, there were some special achievements. David Liška had shown himself as an oustanding apprentice rider in the autumn of 2017 and in the first two months of the 2018 season. By the end of May, he seemed sure to be our champion jockey on the flat this year, and to become the youngest Czech rider ever to reach 50 winners and earn his title as a “jockey”.