After an exciting and involved cross-country day in yesterday’s soaring temperatures, today’s horse inspection was always going to be an interesting one — and it certainly turned out that way, with our field of 24 thinning down to a mere 21 as we head into the pivotal final phase.
Four horses of the 24 presented were sent to the holding box during the course of the morning’s inspection: Ireland’s Alex Donohoe and Guidam Rollerwho had also been held in Wednesday’s first horse inspection, once again found themselves sent to the box and ultimately accepted upon re-presentation, while Austria’s Lea Siegl21st after cross-country, opted to withdraw Cupido from the holding box, as did South Africa’s Victoria Scott-Legendre14th after cross-country with Valtho des Peupliers. Great British debutant Max Gordon re-presented Redwood Clover19th after cross-country, but was not accepted to continue on to this morning’s showjumping finale.
The final phase will begin promptly at 10.15 am local time (9.15 am BST/4.15 am EST), and is certain to cause its fair share of influence: Luhmühlen is renowned for having the biggest, most challenging showjumping courses of all the five-stars , and today’s course is among the toughest we’ve walked here, with a related distance of a double to a double that looks set to cause plenty of poles to fall. Just one rail separates the top seven in the CCI5*, which is held overnight by a 0.1 penalty margin by Switzerland’s Felix Vogg and Coleroahead of Tim Price and Vitali in second place and Oliver Townend and Dreamliner in third. They’re closely followed by an exciting double of female British talent in Kirsty Chabert and Classic VIold fourth and Kylie Roddy and SRS Kan Do, fifth, who show jumped clear on their debut at Pau last year. 2018 winners Jonelle Price and Faerie Dianimo sit in a handy hunting ground in the sixth place, just 2.6 penalties off of the top spot, followed by Lauren Nicholson and Vermiculus in seventh place. Oliver Townend has a second debutant in the top ten in Lukaseighth, while the hugely experienced duo of Catal Daniels and Rioghan Ru keep Ireland in the hunt in ninth place. Kentucky CCI4*-S winners Liz Halliday-Sharp and Cooley Quicksilver round out the top ten on 35.1, still just 6.1 penalties off the lead.
Here’s a look at how both the leaderboards stack up going into the final phase:
The CCI4*-S horse inspection was mercifully less eventful, and all 40 pairs that completed yesterday’s cross-country will go on to showjump from 13.10 local (12.10 pm BST/7.15 am EST). You can follow along with all the action on Horse&Country TVand stay tuned for our jam-packed reports at the culmination of each class.
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