The heat wave that had begun before the Derby and lasted until after the St Leger finally gave way to mild weather at the beginning of September, and the oppressive heat became just an unpleasant memory. September in Prague is usually a month with pleasant, mild weather and lovely autumn colours, as it was again this year. In the course of the month, the days shorten and the mornings begin to be chilly.
For the Fourth European Jockeys Cup day at Prague Velka Chuchle racecourse on Saturday, September 22nd, the organizers are expecting top jockeys from Greece - Panagiotis Dimitsanis - and from Cyprus - Konstantinos Kapodistrias - to participate. Panagiotis Dimitsanis took part in the 3rd European Jockeys Cup day, a year ago, winning one race and impressing everyone not only with his riding skills but also with his charm.
Twenty-eight horses are currently entered and qualified for the Velka Pardubicka, to be run at Pardubice on Sunday, October 14th. Two other Czech-trained horses, Hegnus and Eldorado, have qualified by finishing at least one of the four qualification races run at Pardubice in May, June, August and September, but have not yet been entered for the big race.
Irish trainer Tom Hogan says that it is all systems go for Gordon Lord Byron to run on EJC day at Prague Velká Chuchle on Saturday, September 22nd. The horse will fly out on the Friday and fly back after racing on Saturday evening.
It is understand that one of the owners, Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, has factories in the Czech Republic.
After an excessively long 10-week summer break, racing returns to Prague Velká Chuchle racecourse on Sunday, September 2nd. There are two feature races, each with attractive prize money of CzK 550 000 (EUR 20 000). The Martin Tour Travel Agency Prague Grand Prix, 1 600 metres brings together a good field of milers, several of which will be fancied. In the Czech St Leger, Blessed Kiss will be a hot favourite after her winning run in the Czech Derby in June, followed by a close second place winner in the Slovak Derby at Bratislava in July.
The third of the four qualification races for the 2018 Velka Pardubicka was run at Pardubice last Saturday - like the previous two qualification races, in hot, dry conditions. The racecourse was a strange sight. The racing line of the parts of the crosscountry races that are run on grass had been watered enough to be green.