Three gorgeous greys feature in the top ten – the leader Avebury, Francis Whittington’s ride Easy Target, and the beautiful rising star Billy Bounce ridden by local rider, Chris King who rose 8 places after jumping clear.
Less than 13 points separate the top ten and a few riders in the top 20 paid dearly for 2 or more rails down today seeing them drop 20 or more places.
Three sections of CIC** class provide the main action on the cross country course today with David Doel, William Fox-Pitt & Christopher Burton winning a section each. This morning’s rain eased the fast ground a little and few made it inside the time today with roughly 12pts. separating the top 10 in each of the sections.
Whilst the CIC** action concluded in the late afternoon Mike Tucker & Alice Fox-Pitt held the crowds attention commentating on the Eventers/Jockeys Challenge in support of the Injured Jockey’s Fund. You could here the crowd cheering from the far side of the cross country course, so I imagine we’ll see a similar activity next year.
Tomorrow is dominated by the CIC*** cross country action which starts at 13:30, and this will be preceeded by a variety of showjumping competitions in the main arena along with a Dressage Masterclass with Kauto Star & Laura Collett.
I’ll be back tomorrow for more fun, in the meantime here are the key links, and a few more photos: