There are nowadays three particularly important steeplechase race meetings in Central Europe in September and October. Each of them is a remarkable event, the highlight of the steeplechasing season in Poland, Italy, and the Czech Republic. EU passport holders can travel very easily to enjoy central European steeplechasing, in which, by the way, Czech-trained horses and Czech jockeys will feature prominently.
At the end of last year, the family of leading Czech developer and real estate magnate Radovan Vítek bought a majority holding in Turf Holding. Turf Holding is the majority shareholder of Turf Praha a.s., which owns the main part of Prague Velká Chuchle racecourse (the remaining part belongs to the Czech state).
This year's Simson Stakes, with only 4 runners
As usual in Czech racing, the end of June marks the turning point between spring racing and summer racing. The second of the four qualification races for the 2018 Velka Pardubicka was run on June 23rd, and the following day was Czech Derby day.
The Austrian Derby will be run at Ebreichsdorf on Sunday, September 16th, for total prizemoney of EUR 30 000.
Race conditions, in English language