Czech horses reached three wins and seven placings in Merano raceday on Tuesday. Even eight of nine participants in Memorial Gilberto Giottoli (Listed stch., 19f, 30 ths. eur) represented Czech owners, winner of Swedish Grand National AL BUSTAN (j. Faltejsek, tr. Popelka, own. Lokotrans, 2,4:1 - second fav.) became the winner, defender of last year's win Mazhilis (j. Váňa jr., tr. J. Váňa, own. Köi Dent, 1,4:1-fav.) and Grande Steeple Chase Di Milano winner Broughton (j. Kousek, tr. J. Váňa, own. Scuderia Aichner SRL, 7,5:1) placed second in dead heat, with Sztorm (j. Stromský, tr. Wroblewski, own. Nýznerov, 3,4:1) fourth and Delight My Fire (j. Matuský, tr. Bodlák, own. DS Pod Buchlovem, 7,3:1) fifth. // Both 16 1/2f fences races were won by favored horses of coach Josef Váňa, representing owner Scuderia Aichner SRL and ridden by jockey Josef Váňa jr.: TREIZOR DU PILORI (8:10) won among 4yos (the stablemate Accelerator placed fourth) 7yo NOTTI MAGICHE (1,1:1) won among older horses in dead heat with Chiaromonte and jockey Josef Bartoš (10yo Čáriray placed third, Carlsbad's Josef Váňa Cup winner Tahini finished fifth) - Josef Váňa jr. leads Italian jockeys' obstacle championship (27 wins, Raffaele Romano 14 wins), Josef Váňa sr. leads trainers' obstacle championship (33 wins, Raffaele Romano 19 wins) // 3yo filly Celeste finished eighth of eight in Premio E.B.F. Terme Di Merano (Listed, 11f, 42,9 ths. eur, 3+ f+m).