Pardubicka repeat for Blins
Orphee Des Blins ran his rivals into the ground as he completed back-to-back victories in the Velka Pardubicka at Pardubice.
Ridden by Jan Faltejsek, known in Britain for his association with the George Charlton-trained Knockara Beau, the 11-year-old put up a sterling display.
In a dramatic race, only a third of the field finished the gruelling extended four and a mile quarter course and 30 fences.
No horse could get to within a challenging position of the winner who galloped the opposition into submission. Nikas was a long way back in second place with Klaus third and Kasim fourth.
Grand National-winning jockey Liam Treadwell pulled up his mount Seslost while Nick Williams' runner Shalimar Fromentro was one of the many fallers.
There was drama before the start when Zest For Life slipped up and unseated Sam Waley-Cohen. The pair were able to take part but parted company at around halfway.
Zest For Life was one of three runners for Irish trainer Enda Bolger, who also saw Freneys Well and Mount Sion fail to complete.