22 | Providing Specialist Horse Racing Holidays With a Commitment to Excellence THE CZECH CHALLENGE VELKA PARDUBICKA STEEPLECHASE - EUROPE'S GRAND NATIONAL 08 - 11 OCTOBER 2010 This wonderful tour, with its unique combination of three nights in magical Prague coupled with a memorable day enjoying Europe's Grand National at unrivalled Pardubice, is always a great success. Prague is without doubt one of Europe's most fashionable cities, an historic baroque monument to Bohemia's past, equally comparable to Florence, Venice and Rome for the majesty of its noble buildings, squares and cobbled streets. Visitors will never forget the proud Cathedral perched high above this historic city, a stroll over Charles Bridge where local violinists play their romantic love songs beneath the thirty baroque statues for which it is world famous, the National Museum or the Opera House. A truly unique city! There is a large variety of fashionable restaurants, bars and boutiques, in particular on and in the vicinity of Old Town Square with its awe- inspiring Rococo palaces and arcades. Few other cities in the world can compare with Prague, many would say that none can be more appealing to the visitor! THE VELKA PARDUBICKA STEEPLECHASE As a true test of stamina, equine ability and horsemanship THE VELKA PARDUBICKA, run over 4m2 ½ f and 31 varying obstacles over a mix of grass and light plough, ranks of equal importance in steeplechasing's role of honour to our own Grand National and The Maryland Hunt Cup. Surely no more evidence is needed than the fact that our greatest National Hunt venue, Cheltenham, has already introduced Cross Country chases to its annual calendar in which horses from the Czech Republic have competed. The 119th Velka Pardubicka was run on 11 October 2009. 25 horses started this gruelling steeplechase race with 18 horses finishing. The race was won in stunning fashion by Tiumen ridden by his trainer, fifty seven year old Josef Vana. This was Vana's sixth and greatest win in this race as a jockey, and his seventh as a trainer as well as being his twenty- third ride in the race. Tiumen beat his stablemate Sixteen, the odds- on favourite, who was bidding for a third consecutive victory in the race and Numero Due finished third in the marathon contest. All four British raiders and Ireland's sole representative Il En Reve finished out of the money with the Graham Smith- trained Super Lord securing the highest position in seventh. This is the ultimate test of horse and rider with the winning owner receiving in excess of £ 55,000, a massive sum in relation to the average winning purse in the Czech Republic! There will be eight other excellent supporting races on the afternoon's card and wagers can be made on the Tote. Tour Highlights: . The Velka Pardubicka - experience racing at its finest in a superb setting. . Walk the course and come face to face with the daunting fences! . Sightseeing - Prague has stunning architecture and miles of cobbled streets to explore. . Shopping - Department stores, boutiques and designer names. Crystal is a ' must buy' in Prague.
Call us on 01244 355 580 or visit www. horseracingabroad. com | 23 TOUR VPS RADISSON 3 Nights From £ 689.00 per person Friday 08 October Depart: London Heathrow, Flight BA 856 14.55 hrs Arrive: Prague 18.00 hrs Private coach transfer to your Hotel Saturday 09 October Day at leisure to explore the wonderful city of Prague. Sunday 10 October Depart your Hotel after breakfast to Pardubice Racecourse for: THE VELKA PARDUBICKA GRAND STEEPLECHASE Return to our hotel in Prague will be at approx. 19.30 hrs. Monday 11 October Morning at leisure Depart: Prague Flight BA 857 18.45 hrs Arrive: London Heathrow 19.50 hrs Alternative flights operate from many local UK airports, ie. Bristol, Dublin, East Midlands, Gatwick, Manchester, Newcastle and Stansted. Please contact us for timings, availability and any supplements/ reductions may apply at the time of booking. Our Price Includes: . Return scheduled flights by British Airways London/ Prague . All transfers . 3 nights' bed and breakfast accommodation, based on twin/ double occupancy, at The Radisson SAS Alcron . Admission to Pardubice racecourse . Private facility with buffet lunch . Assistance of our representative throughout . Airport Passenger Duty & Taxes ITINERARY ? ? ? ? ? RADISSON SAS ALCRON HOTEL The Radisson SAS Alcron Hotel is situated close to Wenceslas Square, the commercial and social centre of modern Prague, and only a few minutes away from Charles Bridge. This deluxe Art Deco hotel has been beautifully restored, retaining much of the original interior. This hotel offers 206 spacious guest rooms that are luxuriously decorated. All rooms are equipped with the amenities expected of a five- star hotel and have free WiFi access, minbar and Nespresso machine while the marble bathrooms are fitted with under floor heating, bathrobe & slippers and hairdryer. The hotel has 2 restaurants, the Art Deco restaurant, La Rotond, that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner and the intimate Alcron Restaurant that serves dinner ( except Sunday). The Be Bop Bar is open all day with live jazz on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Room Service is available 24 hours a day. Guests have access to the hotel's fitness centre and spa with sauna and solarium. Board Basis - bed and buffet breakfast Single room supplement: £ 65.00 per night Horse Racing Abroad Facility Our open- fronted, private facility overlooks the famous Taxis fence and finishing straight. Enjoy champagne on arrival, a hot buffet lunch and afternoon tea, complimentary soft drinks, tea and coffee throughout the day. There is a private cash bar and dedicated betting facilities with English speaking staff. Relax and enjoy a really unforgettable afternoon's racing!