Czech Republic’s Grand National, Velka Pardubicka.

1. Czech Republic jockey Jan Faltejsek – who had been based in the north of England with trainer George Charlton for six years – won the 122nd Velka Pardubicka in Pardubice.

Czech Republic's Grand National, Velka Pardubicka.

2. The 54-1 winner Orphee Des Blins, who is trained by the Polish-born Greg Wroblewski, relished the conditions, which were testing.

Czech Republic's Grand National, Velka Pardubicka.

3. There were 23 starters and plenty of well-fuelled racegoers in Pardubice

Czech Republic's Grand National, Velka Pardubicka.

4. The Velka Pardubicka is the Czech Grand National, the biggest race in the country

Czech Republic's Grand National, Velka Pardubicka.

5. Given the heavy conditions the race was remarkably incident free and included several British and Irish raiders, including seventh.

Czech Republic's Grand National, Velka Pardubicka.

6. Becher’s Brook is our nearest equivalent to Taxis – and that is dwarfed by this fence.

Czech Republic's Grand National, Velka Pardubicka.

7. Jumping for joy: Orphee Des Blins leads her rivals over Taxis during her victory in the Velka Pardubicka

Czech Republic's Grand National, Velka Pardubicka.

8. The infamous Taxis fence was responsible for just one of the race’s three fallers

Czech Republic's Grand National, Velka Pardubicka.

9. Orphee Des Blins (front) was ridden brilliantly by Faltejsek

Czech Republic's Grand National, Velka Pardubicka.

10. Czech Republic’s jockey Josef Vana, 59, reacts after finishing third

Czech Republic's Grand National, Velka Pardubicka.

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