This time the falls did not wait. The favorite Night Moon and Laverno buried their chances of starting in the Big on the Popkovické jump. Last year’s winner of the Great Pardubice Talent also fell, as did the two Slovak representatives, Kaiserwalzer and Star, who were actively going. Godfrey also had problems with the French jockey Claudio.
Only four horses entered the drop, so it was clear that the two wards of Josef Váni (Dusigrosz, Aeneas) and Stanislav Popelka (Lombargini, Imphal) would share the victory. The pace was set by the stallion Aeneas with jockey Jan Kratochvíl, followed by Lombargini, Imphal (br. Myška) and Dusigrosz (br. Velek).
They were led onto the grassy oval by Lombargini, who was chased down by stablemate Imphal. The nine-year-old dark bay gelding unwrapped his big finish in the finish line, which he used so many times in short racing sprints and won under jockey Jaroslav Myška. Then “Váňovci s Popelkami” took turns for places on the finish line, i.e. Dusigrosz, Lombargini, Aeneas.
“Imphal was not healthy, so we started the season later and on lighter jumps. If he is fine, it is clear to everyone who will drive Imphala in Velká Pardubická,” said winning coach Stanislav Popelka after the race.
The qualifying conditions for the start in the 132nd Velké Pardubická with Slavia pojišťovna were met by 22 horses at the Pardubická Racecourse.
From the general program, two victories of trainer Josef Váni caught the eye, especially that of Chelmsford (br. Kratochvíl), who won the Arnošt Prize from Pardubice at 5,200 meters with a start-finish style. Almost a year later, Lodgian Whistle and jockey Ondřej Velek returned to the racetrack immediately victoriously.
Two victories were also won by two half-brothers during the meeting. Their common mother is the mare Greek Wedding, but each has a different father. First came Greek Desert, 40 minutes later Gatsby. Both are being prepared for father and son Charvát by trainer Pavel Tůma, in the saddle were jockeys Odložil and Faltejsek.
Velká Pardubická starts already on October 9. There will be something to look forward to.
(Kateřina Anna Nohavová)