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Eva Munk

February 12, 2010

Josef Vana Made His Own Path Around The Great Pardubice

This eccentric trainer scored his sixth win in the Czech Republic’s most famous race just before turning 57.

With nine days to go before his 57th birthday, riding on a rank outsider, jockey Josef Vana jumped the dreaded Taxis for the 22nd time.

Considered to be the toughest jump in Europe’s toughest steeplechase, the five-foot hedge with a huge ditch lurking behind it has killed 27 horses in the 119-year history of the Great Pardubice in the Czech Republic.

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