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2005-10-09

「チェコのグランドナショナル」2005。

9日、チェコ共和国の Pardubice 競馬場で、「チェコのグランドナショナル」こと Velka Pardubicka が行われます。
今年でなんと115回目を迎えるという、とても長い歴史を誇る名物障害レースです。
コースの詳細などは昨年の記事を参照していただくとして、今年の出馬表と出走馬の短評を Pardubice 競馬場の英語サイトから引用します。

1. MASKUL (USA), 11 ž.Fuhrmann Dirk 67,0 Won the VP in 2002, was a close second to Registana in 2003 and came 4 th in 2004, behind Registana, Retriever and Decent Fellow. His best result in 4 starts this season is when he was 3 rd to Retriever and Kedon in the May qualifying race at Pardubice. At 11-y-o he seems to be past his best.

2. LUZCADOU (FR), 12 Mercer Keith 67,0
Has won 6 of his 43 races over fences, normally running in good company. Finished 3 rd behind Spotthedifference in the Sporting Index at Cheltenham in Nov 2004 in “Registana's race”, and was 2 nd in the cross-country race at the Cheltenham festival in 2005, also behind Spotthedifference. A serious contender.

3. KEDON, 10 ž.Myška Jaroslav 67,0
This popular grey has been a leading Czech cross-country chaser for years, but he lacks a bit of pace. His biggest success was his 3 rd place in the 2002 VP, behind Maskul and Decent Fellow. Won the First of May Chase at Lysa-nad-Labem in 2004. This year he finished 2 nd in the May qualifying race at Pardubice, behind Retriever, and 3 rd in the August qualifying race, behind Red Dancer and Odyseusz. Might get a place, especially if the going is soft.

4. NOSTALGIA (POL), 8 ž.Kameníček Jiří 65,0
This mare has won 9 of her 27 races, normally running in good company. She won the Vltava Prize on VP day in 2002. Has only run twice this year, finishing 3 rd to Registana and Decent Fellow in the June qualifying race at Pardubice, and then winning a small race in the August meeting at Pardubice. Could do well.

5. ASCOT (POL), 8 ž.Matysík Zdeněk 67,0
Has won only once in 27 races, and that was in a small race at Most in 2002. Has run 4 times this season, coming 2 nd in a Cat III race on May 7 th . Struggled home in 8 th place in the June qualifying race. Has very little chance.

6. DECENT FELLOW (GER), 10 ž.Bartoš 2 Josef 67,0
This globetrotter has run well at Cheltenham (in 2001), Merano, Baden Baden, Bremen, Waregem and many other places. Has won 5 Listed steeplechases, and has been placed in countless other major races. Finished 2 nd in the VP in 2002, 3 rd in 2003, and 3 rd in 2004 (just two weeks after finishing 4 th in the Grand Premio Merano). Has never beaten Registana, however, and came 2 nd to her in the June qualifying race in 2005. May be second best of the Czech challengers.

7. REGISTANA (GER), 9 Crowley James 65,0
Has won 17 of her 19 races since October 2001, including the VP in 2003 and in 2004. Nine of these wins were at Merano. Her only defeats in this run were in the Gran Premio Merano in 2002 and in the Sporting Index at Cheltenham in November 2004, when she went off course. In 2005 she won the June qualifying race at Pardubice, repeating her success in this race in 2003 and 2004, finishing ahead of Decent Fellow and Nostalgia. She also won at Merano in July and September. She has had a couple of minor setbacks in training this year, and in her wins she has perhaps not been at her brilliant best. This will probably be her final race, as she is to go into breeding this winter. She will be a hot favourite for the 2005 VP, and it is hard to see who might beat her.

8. BELOVODSK (UA), 13 Plzák Jiří 67,0
This 13-y-o was a leading VP horse a long time ago, finishing 3 rd to Peruan and Risk of Thunder in VP 1999, and 2 nd to Peruan in VP 2000. Missed the 2002 and 2003 seasons through injury, and has done nothing much since then. His 4 th place in the May qualifying race at Pardubice, behind Retriever, Kedon and Maskul was his best result this year. Would need to turn the clock back 5 years to have a chance.

9. LANERET, 9 Tůma 2 Pavel 67,0
Has won 2 of his 45 races, last succeeding in 2003, when he surprisingly won a Cat II race. This year, he fell in the May qualifying race at Pardubice, and was then a distant 6 th to Red Dancer in the August qualifying race. Has very little chance.

10. IRAKLION (POL), 10 ž.Havelka Radek 67,0
This good short-distance chaser has won 14 of his 42 races, including 4 Cat I races. Has won the Popler Memorial three times. His switch to long-distance cross-country races this season has not been a success so far. He was brought down in the May qualifying race at Pardubice, then finished 4 th to Registana, Decent Fellow and Maskul in the June qualifying race and then 4 th behind Red Dancer, Odyseusz, and Kedon in the August qualifying race. This does not appear to be a horse for the VP.

11. ODYSEUSZ (POL), 7 ž.Stromský Marek 67,0
Came to the Czech Republic from Poland for the 2005 season, after getting some good results at Merano in 2004. In three runs this year, he fell in the May qualifying race at Pardubice, then finished a close 2 nd behind Red Dancer in the August qualifying race. In the September meeting at Pardubice, he finished a long way behind in a small race. On his August form he might challenge for a place.

12. JACK DE TRAOU LAND (FR), 8 ž.Luka 2 Václav 67,0
Has won 6 of his 29 races, the best result being his Cat II win at Pardubice in June. He unseated his rider in the May qualifying race, and qualified at the last gasp in the September qualifying race, when he was a distant 5 th behind Hastaven. He has very little chance in a race of this quality.

13. JOINT AUTHORITY (IRE), 10 am.Horner Lucy 67,0
Has won 3 of his 30 races in the UK. Won a small race over 4400 metres at Fontwell in May, but has run poorly in his last three runs, at Stratford and at Le Touquet in June, and at Dieppe in July. Let us hope he gets round safely.

14. HASTAVEN (FR), 10 ž.Hurt Tomáš 67,0
Until 2003, he ran in oval track steeplechases with distinction. In 2004 he won 4 cross-country chases, including the August qualifying race, and was well fancied for the 2004 VP. However, he was pulled up with an injury in that race. Did not appear this season until the September qualifying race at Pardubice, which he won by a distance. He is among the best Czech-trained challengers.

15. CHAILAND, 8 Růžičková Martina 67,0
His best ever win was in a Cat III race at Lysa-nad-Labem in 2004. Was brought down in the May qualifying race this year, and finished a remote 7 th behind Registana, Decent Fellow and Nostalgia in the June qualifying race. This horse is a trier, but slow.

16. TAKAGI (IRE), 10 Maguire Jason 67,0
Has won 7 of his 39 races in Ireland, running in good class handicap steeplechases and cross-country races. Carried 10st. 11lb. in the 2004 Aintree Grand National, and was 4 th under top weight in the LaTouche Cup at Punchestown in 2004. Has not achieved much this year. Warmed up with 7 th place in a hurdles race at Listowel on September 22 nd . Could be a challenger.

17. RED DANCER (FR), 9 ž.Andrés Dušan 67,0
Has been a leading cross-country steeplechaser since 2002, when he ran in the Sporting Index at Cheltenham. Has won 7 of his 22 races, always running in good company. Was on the sidelines for almost two years before reappearing with a victory at Merano in August 2005. He then went on to win the August qualifying race at Pardubice, in a close finish with Odyseusz. Definitely a leading contender.

18. RETRIEVER (GER), 8 ž.Váňa 2 Josef 67,0
Finished 2 nd in the 2004 VP, behind Registana but in front of Decent Fellow and Maskul. Won the May 2005 qualifying race, beating Kedon and Maskul, and had also won the 2004 May qualifying race. He has run only once this season, and only 8 times in the last three seasons, winning a total of four races. Will probably start as second favourite, and has a clear chance.

#短評を訳してる時間がありませんでしたので、原文のまま載せちゃいました。すみません……。

<追記:出走馬&騎手についてはこちらのほうが分かりやすいかな。それぞれの騎手&馬の名前をクリックすると、詳しい情報にリンクされてます。ただしほとんどチェコ語ですが>

昨年優勝の Registana 、2着の Retriever ほか好メンバーに恵まれたようですね。ただ、 Registana とのコンビで有名になったドイツの Peter Gehm 騎手が、昨年の英国遠征で致命的なミスをしたため今年は降ろされてしまったのが痛いかなと。 Registana 自身も9歳になってしまいましたし(これがせん馬ならまだまだいける年齢なのですが、なにしろ牝馬なので)。
あと、アイルランドから遠征してきたTakagi という馬が気になるんですけど……。高木??

いま「WeatherMac OSX10.4 用ウイジェット)」を見てみると、現地の天気は晴れで、良い馬場でのレースが期待できそうです。
いやはや、時差って便利ですねぇ、などと思いつつ慌ててこの記事を書いてしまいました。また結果が分かり次第詳しいことを書こうと思います。

蛇足。AAPさん、オーストラリアから遠くチェコに目を向けてるのはわかりますけど、「The Czech Republic's famous (notorious) cross country steeple」って。いちいち「悪名高き」なんて付け加えなくてもいいでしょうに。

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2005-10-05

ジョナサン・リデル騎手再び。

ニュージーランドのジョナサン・リデル騎手が、昨年同様JRAの短期免許を取得して、今週から騎乗を開始するそうです。短期免許の期間は11月20日まで(参照元:JRAのお知らせ)。

いやはや、今年も来ましたかジョナさん。
昨年もこんな感じで爽やかに活躍してくれましたが、今年もどんな活躍を見せてくれるんでしょうか。ちなみに2004/05年シーズンは二ュージーランド障害リーディング騎手に輝いていたそうです。
#私がごたごたしている間、オセアニア関係の情報をほとんど収集できなくて、実はこのことを今知ったばっかりだったりして……スミマセン……。

いろいろ調べてみると、ジョナさんは結構陽気な方なのだそうで、ぜひ勝利騎手インタビューで彼の喜ぶ姿を見てみたいものですね。できれば京都ハイジャンプあたりで。

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2005-10-03

ファンとアンチとおつきあいと。

早いもので私がウェブサイトを開設してまもなく6年、このblogを始めてからあと2ヶ月で2年になります。
この間、徐々にいつもサイトを見にきてくださる常連さんが出来、その方々から相互リンクの申し込みやらオフ会のお誘いやらをお受けするたびに嬉しかった思い出があります。それ以前からお付き合いさせていただいていた競馬仲間の方々を含めると、もうかなりの人数になるのではないかと思います。

しかし最近、私には少し悩んでいることがあります。
その広い「お仲間」たちのネットワークの中に、例えば熱烈な武豊騎手のファンがいると思えば別の場所にはアンチ豊の人がいる、といったように全く反対の趣向を持った人がいるということです(当人同士は直接知り合いではないのですが)。
私は、騎手の好き嫌いはあまりないので(引退した騎手のなかには物凄く嫌いな人もいるにはいましたが)、さきの武豊騎手のような場合、好きな人にも嫌いな人にも中立的な立場をとるように心がけています。でもこの先、自分のblogなどがきっかけでファンの方とアンチの方と当人同士が知り合う可能性も無くはないわけで、そんなときにどうしようかと。ややもすれば誹謗中傷合戦になってしまう心配もありますからね……。

それからこんなことも。ある共通の趣味で知り合った人たちの一部がある若手騎手のことを激しく嫌っているのですが、私個人的にはその騎手は嫌いではなく、むしろ期待しているので、そのことをどう表現したらよいのかと。もうその知人たちの前ではその騎手の名前を出すだけでタブー、というような状況なので(「逝け」という言葉まで出ている程)、さすがにこれは困ったなあと。好き嫌いは個人の自由だけど、それを他人に押し付けるような雰囲気は……。

まあ、一度(自分を含めて)みなさん、好き嫌いとか許せないとかいったことにとらわれず、広い心で競馬をご覧になってはいかがですか、としか言いようがないんでしょうかねえ。やはり無意味な衝突は避けたいですし、自分自身までそういうことにとらわれたくありませんし。

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