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Aintree Grand National, Maryland Hunt Cup, and…Velka Pardubice?

For race enthusiasts our Irish correspondent Noel Mullins introduces us to a venerable steeplechase race in the Czech Republic, where a few Irish and English bloodstock agents, trainers, and jockeys have found good markets.

taxis ditch.pardubice.mullins2The famous Taxis Ditch on the Velka Pardubice racecourse in the Czech Republic / Noel Mullins photo

A steeplechase race in the Czech Republic, with its roots in foxhunting, is recognised as one of the three most challenging steeplechases in the world, the others being the Aintree Grand National in Liverpool and the Maryland Hunt Cup in the U.S. The 126th running of the Velka Pardubice Steeplechase took place on October 9, 2016.

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