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Chris Richner died of Covid-19 yesterday(April 13th) in France.

Chris was a Swiss citizen who appeared in the Czech Republic in about 1999, and set about becoming a major racehorse owner here. Initially, his great ambition was to win the Velka Pardubicka. At first he owned a number of racehorses, trained at Lysa and at Mimon. After some years commuting between Switzerland and the Czech Republic, he decided to live mainly in the Czech Republic and he set up with his own trainer, Pavel Kinsky.

On VP day, Czech Television beats The Virus by 20 lengths

For the first time since 1994, I did not go to the racecourse for the two-day Velka Pardubicka meeting. It was of course sad to miss the great occasion, but there was plenty to be grateful for. Pardubice racecourse made great efforts, and successfully put on a high-quality day of racing (only one day, this year). The Town of Pardubice and the Pardubice District gave plenty of support, as did sponsors and the state authorities.

The Velka Pardubicka will take place behind closed doors

In connection with the coronavirus situation in the Czech Republic, stricter measures will come into force in the Czech Republic on October 5th that affect the organization of the Velka Pardubicka raceday on October 11th. The new regulations seemed to state that not more than 130 persons can meet for an outdoor event.

Bartoš will miss the Velka, Kratochvíl hopes to be able to ride

Josef Bartoš, who hurt his knee while performing a Dettori dismount after winning the Gran Premio di Merano a week ago on L’Estran, has had a knee cartilage operation and will not be able to ride Theophilos in the Velka Pardubicka. At the same meeting at Merano, Jan Kratochvíl hurt a knee in a fall, when his mount rolled over onto his leg. Jan hopes to be able to ride at Pardubice on October 11th.

Bartoš wins the Gran Premio di Merano again on L’Estran, but messes up his Dettori dismount

Czech-trained horses, Czech-based trainers and Czech jockeys have again dominated the Gran Premio di Merano, the biggest steeplechase run in Italy. The prizemoney for this year’s race was the highest that will be offered in Central European horseracing in 2020.

 

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