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Sun 08 Oct 2017

Velká Pardubická

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The Velká Pardubická is a famous cross-country steeplechase run in Pardubice, Czech Republic. The race was first run in 1874 and it takes place annually on the second Sunday in October. It is run over a distance of 6.9km (4.28 Miles) and has 31 obstacles, usually taking around 9-10 minutes for the horses to finish the course.

Horses must be at least 6 years old to enter and Czech horses must qualify by finishing at least one of the four qualifying races during the season. In 2016 Charme Look won with Jockey Jan Faltejsek on board, a four-time winner of this race!

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Velká Pardubická Weekend Package

Sat 07 Oct 2017 - Mon 09 Oct 2017

  • Hospitality in Racing Breaks Private Box

    Velká Pardubická

  • The Jurys Inn Prague

per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information

Your package includes

  • Private Return Airport Transfers upon arrival in Prague
  • 2 Night's Accommodation at the Jurys Inn Prague
  • Breakfast each Morning
  • Return Train Tickets from Prague to Pardubice Racecourse Station
  • Hospitality Ticket to join us in the Racing Breaks Box for the Velká Pardubická on Sunday 8th October

Additional Information


We can include flights within our packages, simply let us know your choice of departure airport and we will do the rest!

About the Hotel

The Jurys Inn Prague is ideally located just a short walk from the Old Town allowing easy access to explore the City. It also sits opposite Florence Underground Metro Station meaning all guests have easy access to transport links. All bedrooms are stylishly designed to offer guests the ultimate comfort away from home. Rooms include large soft beds, en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, safes, mini fridges and flat screen TVs with Freeview. It also offers all guests Complimentary WIFI.

About the Racecourse & Ticket

The racecourse is located in the Czech City of Pardubice, less than an hours train journey from Prague. It is most famous for hosting the Velká Pardubická which occurs each year on the second Sunday in October.

The ticket includes access to a reserved box for Racing Breaks Clients only where you will receive catering, lunch and drinks throughout your day at the races!

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Pražská 607, 530 02 Pardubice VI, Czechia
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The History

The racecourse is a wonderful green space, which breathes excitement and at the same time relaxation, the desire to win, love for horses and for nature, a history of triumphs and disappointed hopes. You enter into a different world – a world with a glorious tradition, a world that will get under your skin and will give you strength, a feeling of purpose and of awe.

Horse riding and the social life that is bound up with it began in the 19th century here, with hunting organised enthusiastically by the aristocracy. The pursuit of wild animals, in the course of which riders jumped challenging natural obstacles, led to horse races, and these rapidly became popular events. This led to the establishment of one of the toughest courses, and one of the toughest races in Europe, the Great Steeplechase, now well known as the Velka Pardubicka Cross-country Steeplechase. Pardubice became a centre for steeplechasing, thanks to its strategic location and thanks to the local countryside, which is ideal for steeplechasing. The first Velka Pardubicka was run in 1874, and right from the beginning the race attracted great interest. This unique race has a rich and fascinating history. It is well worth coming to the scene of the action and feeling the magic of the place for yourself.

From spring until late autumn, many sporting and social events are held at the course. They serve well as the main programme or as a background programme for meetings with friends, business partners and VIP guests. The pivotal, best-known events involve steeplechasing and flat racing. However, there have also been other interesting events – the European Juniors Championship in three-day eventing, the toughest of all horse-riding disciplines, Horses in Action, an international show accompanied by the biggest exhibition for horses and people in the Czech Republic, music festivals, Childrens Day, etc.