Somehow, there has always been something more pressing to do, throughout the last three weeks, than to write an October newsletter.
Sunday, October 8th, 2017
127th running of the Velka Pardubicka, with Česká pojišťovna
James Fry reports that French trainer Guillaume Macaire is at the moment planning to run Virtus D'Estruval in the Velka Pardubicka. This horse was among the entries for the Velka Pardubicka that were made in May.
James Reveley, who finished fourth in the Velka Pardubicka on Maljimar in 2012, has ridden the horse in his last three races. It is hoped he may ride here on October 8th. Virtus D'Estruval finished a very creditable 3rd in his last start, which was in the Crystal Cup race at Craon, in France, on September 3rd.
On Saturday, September 9th, Pardubice holds its last race day before the Velka Pardubicka meeting. The main event is the September qualification race for the Velka Pardubicka. This race has attracted a poor field, and none of the runners seems to be a serious contender for the Velka itself.
August 2017 has been mainly a month of looking forward and looking outward. As expected, the here and now inside the Czech Republic has been less interesting. Just six race meetings were held in the Czech Republic in August: two at Karlovy Vary, one at Most, one at Pardubice, one at Kolesa and one at Mimoň.
List of nominated jockeys for the European Jockeys Cup, Saturday, September 2nd.