The eighty-ninth running of the Great Pardubice Steeplechase of Czechoslovakia was held on Sunday, (14 October), and it lived up to its name as the world's most difficult horse race.
GV Start of steeplechase and nineteen starters clear first hurdle (2 shots)
GV PAN Horses gallop around bend and lead across water ditch
GV Horse gallop down strength, round bend and over hedge. Several horses and their fall, and some Jockeys run after horses, while remainder of horses continue race
GV Seven horses and riders remaining in steeplechase cross hurdle
GV Three horses in lead clear last hurdle, and head down final straight, with "Legenda" coming first "Limit" second and "Lanacaster" third
SPORT: HORSE RACING
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Background: The eighty-ninth running of the Great Pardubice Steeplechase of Czechoslovakia was held on Sunday, (14 October), and it lived up to its name as the world's most difficult horse race. Of nineteen starters, only seven finished.
SYNOPSIS: The start of the race saw all nineteen horses successfully clear the first hurdle. But there were thirty more hurdles to come.
The course has many bends and difficult obstacles, over a length of four miles (6900 MTS) .. a feat to tax the agility of even the greatest steeplechasers.
The race proved too much here for the majority of the nineteen starters, when most of the casualties occurred in one incident: a huge collision of horses and jockeys. As tens of thousands of poe;d watched this top event of the Czechoslovakian racing season, both in person and on television, a large proportion of the field was eliminated. Several of the riders attempted to regain their mounts but some horses decided to continue the race without them.
Only seven horses and riders were now left.
The three lead horses clear the last of the hurdles and head down the final stretch. "Legenda"??? ridden by Chaloupka was first, followed by "Limit", with last year's winner "Lanacaster" coming in third.