First place in the 2015 Velka Pardubicka is awarded to Ribelino
On January 28th, 2016, The Discipinary Committee of the Jockey Club of the Czech Republic announced the disqualification of Nikas, first past the post in the 125th running of the Velka Pardubicka. Banned substances had been found in the body fluids of the 10-year-old gelding, which had been prepared for the race by trainer Stanislav Popelka. The committee’s decision changes the placings for the Velka Pardubicka. First place now goes to Ribelino, a 7-y-o running in the race for the first time, and to his jockey Pavel Kašný.
The banned substances caffeine and theobromine were found in Nikas‘ body fluids, but not in such quantities as might have influenced the horse’s performance. The substances are alleged to have got into the horses’s body fluids through contaminated foodstuffs. The Disciplinary Committee therefore did not impose any sanctions on trainer Stanislav Popelka.
Ribelino, the ultimate winner of the 125th Velka Pardubicka with Česká pojišťovna is trained for the owner, Lokotrans, by Stanislav Kovář. The horse completed the course in a time of 8 min. 56.01 sec., together with jockey Pavel Kašný, whose first winning ride in the Velka Pardubicka this was. They broke the record time of 8 min. 58.99 sec., set by the mare, Sixteen, which held the record from 2008 until it was broken in 2015.
Placings in the 125th running of the Velka Pardubicka with Česká pojišťovna
1. RIBELINO (FR), 7
2. ZARIF (IRE), 8
3. UNIVERSE OF GRACIE (GER), 10
4. RABBIT WELL (GB), 9
5. KASIM, 10
6. LORAIN, 8
7. MODENA, 8
8. TEMPLÁŘ, 8
9. PASQUINI ROUGE (FR), 7
10. KLAUS (POL), 10