06/05/2013 Badminton Horse Trials


06/05/2013

Clare Balding presents coverage of the Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire, where the world's top event riders will vie for the fiercely-contested Rolex Grand Slam.


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This is one of the world's great outdoor events and as such it's

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almost entirely weather dependent. 12 months ago, it was a washout.

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Abandoned. What a joy to be here this year with the sun shining and

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the House looking magnificent, a huge crowd have been pouring in, as

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ever. They will be treated to the most competitive field ever, for

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two riders, though, even more is at stake than the big title. They're

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in contention for the Rolex Grand Slam and which ever win that is

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will take take home a cheque for �225,000. It's the ultimate big

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money showdown. Me and William, we are very

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competitive. We don't get along at all. I find it helps me a lot.

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Andrew Nicholson is the ultimate competitor. He thrives on a bit of

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needle. The William-Andrew thing is a bit of amusement. Beyond that

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there is a serious competition here. William Fox-Pitt may be more polite

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about the head-to-head but make no mistake, he wants to win.

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Other horses, though, and riders, can't be ignored. This is Sugar

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Brown Babe, one of the debutants. She will be ridden for Ireland.

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There are 15 nations represented, six former winners and this isn't

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the only one making a debut to watch out for.

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Because here for the very first time is the man who is currently

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world European and Olympic champion, Michael Jung for Germany. He will

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be aiming to spoil the party for Andrew and William and he is joined

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by three other riders from Germany's gold medal winning team.

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The Olympic silver medallists are out in force. Zara Phillips, Tina

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Cook and Nicola Wilson and Mary King.

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And the bronze medal team New Zealand led by Sir Mark Todd

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complete the Olympic medal collective.

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She may not have made the Olympics but she will be the last rider out

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on the course and Pippa Funnell has a special interest in proceedings.

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I think it's going to be a really, really exciting competition. I am

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really, really glad I am here just to see how it pans out, it's like

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clash of the titans and with Andrew and William and Michael. Pippa

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Funnell won the Grand Slam in 2003 and since then no one has managed

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it. This year we have a unique situation with two riders who could.

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They are two of the best in the world, they are great rivals. Let's

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hear from them both. Andrew Nicholson and William Fox-Pitt.

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The The Grand Slam means successive wins, in Kentucky, Burghley and

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Badminton in any order. It was in Kentucky a week ago Andrew was

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successful. To go out with a young horse doing the first full star,

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but he was the one I was relying on. He has a lovely brain. He let's you

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ride him in the dressage arena and that's what we did and things went

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on from there. Of course I went to try and win

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Kentucky, hopefully if I had won I would have stopped Andrew. This

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Grand Slam has been a long time in the making.

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This time last year we had been coming for a week and that can only

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have been a good thing t stops too much time to focus on it, certainly

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stops too much outside interests and other hype and excitement. But

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having said that, it's sort of done a full circle now. Everyone's built

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up to it. Everyone's got excited about it, which is great for the

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sport. Now we have to get on with Me and William, we are very very

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competitive and don't get along at all. I find it helps me a lot.

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William and Andrew thing is a bit of amusement but I think beyond

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that I think there's a very serious competition here.

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Both of them have a wealth of talented horses from which to pick.

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They bring two each to Badminton. would probably sway towards Norea,

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he keeps coming up with the goods for me. A thoroughbread. Oslo is

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more of a jumper, maybe towards the end he will be thinking this is a

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long way. He has a big heart and will plug along. Every sport needs

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a great rivalry. In these two eventing has it.

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The The publicity in New Zealand, I have done radio interviews amongst

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the rugby, you know that's a big step up for eventing and they've

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told me today it was ahead of the rugby. There is a lot of other good

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riders who could easily beat us. It's easy for the media to make it

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me and William. Michael junk Michael Jung, Jonathan Paget.

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There's quite a host of them. adds to the excitement, everyone is

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reved up by the fact there are two riders in contention which there

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never could have been before because of the cancellation

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situation. Yeah, we have to go for it and see what happens. If I can

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win Badminton, the Grand Slam takes care of it. With me now a man who's

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won this title three times at Badminton. When you look at Andrew

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and William and the intensity of their rivalry how good is that for

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the sport? There is a bit of of personal history there. For the

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sport it's brilliant. They're two intense riders. They're incredibly

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talented, the best in the world. It has to be good for the sport

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because it's drawing attention. They can have all the arguments and

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an mossity between them, as far as I am concerned bring it on for the

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sport. It's amazing they're as successful as they are because this

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is a very broad pool of talent. Take us through some of the riders

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from Australia and New Zealand. have Chris Burton, incredibly

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talented and for New Zealand Jock Paget. They're the sort of Mark

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Todd and William Fox-Pitt and Andrew Nicholson of the future.

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They're knocking on the door here. They're going to be pretty close to

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the big boys, if not even outdoing some of them. As far as the British

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riders, who would you see having a chance of finishing top ten or top

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five? Well, William, obviously. He has to be the hot favourite from

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the British point of view. Then we have Zara and High Kingdom who did

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a brilliant job in London and the horse for me having seen him warm-

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up, he looks fitter and stronger, and it's great to see Pippa Funnell

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back with Redesigned. He is short of match practice but no one better

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than Pippa to produce a horse at this level. If you were a book-

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maker you would make him your favourite, it's the German rider

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making his debut here, Michael Jung. The first time I came it was 1996.

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I was a young boy and it was very fantastic and it was always a dream

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for me to ride in Bad -- Badminton. He comes from a horse family, his

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father was competing in eventing. Michael is an example of of

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somebody all-rounded, he rides Grand Prix level dressage and show

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jumping. He rides top level eventing. He is as comfortable in

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any of those three disciplines. He isn't just a competitor, he trains

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the horses, so he has a great feeling for the horses themselves.

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This is the horse that's number one, this is Sam, the envy of all the

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riders, bought at an auction when only five. He is the apple of

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Michael's eye. He is special because he is very good in dressage,

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very good in cross-country and good in show jumping. That's special

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because normally the horse has two good disciplines and one not so

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good. Everybody talks about Sam and how the ideal event horse that one

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could imagine. Certainly he is a fantastic horse. But he is in the

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end a product of Michael and as people say, animals and horses

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become like their owners and Sam is a reflection of Michael. Michael

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has made him that talent. Together they have done what no one

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else has ever done, they are world European and Olympic champions.

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have every time pressure from yourself you will give your best

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and concentrate on competition. stays very much in his own world,

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focused on his own performance. I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't

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even know this is going on because he has one thing on his mind, which

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is to get the best out of his horses this weekend and after that,

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yeah, what happens will happen. Michael and Sam got off to a

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fabulous start with a dressage score of 36. Amongst those watching

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was Olympic gold medal-winning dressage rider Laura Tomlinson.

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She's been discussing the performance with Lizzie Greenwood

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Hughes. It's trying to steer extremely fit horses designed for

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all of fast and fury of cross- country through a controlled

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dressage test that's still got challenges in it and Michael Jung

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did a fantastic job. He really does sit like a dressage rider in the

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dressage saddle and then looks incredible out cross-country and

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show jumping. He is really the great all-rounder. It's very

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impressive to watch. Even for someone who comes from a pure

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dressage background. Do you find yourself being super-picky? I am

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usually impressed, certainly with the top guys who do very well in

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all three phases. I am always pretty in awe of them. They're

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brilliant at what they do and I find it impressive to see how some

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of them really do sit and control the horses extremely well. So, I

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think it's good. We won't keep from you the action. Thank you.

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To confirm the final dressage That leader board will change

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because the riders now have to face the cross-country course and some

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of the fences are relikeled, the -- recycled, the timber. This was part

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of the Olympic Games. It's one of 30 fences on the course. To answer

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the major questions we have turned to four of our Olympic team members.

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Fences six and seven. The first big question on the course this year,

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have a big wide. Jumping from light into dark. Now we need to get our

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control and our line accurate, about stride is where the horses

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land and immediately take off again. After the bounce we have another

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third part of the combination. The key to the angled log is the

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accuracy of the line. The competition is not going to be won

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here, but it could be lost. Fence nine. The lake. You come around the

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corner, a big set of logs to jump over with a drop into the actual

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lake. Once you have landed in the lake it's then a curving line of

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four strides hopefully to a set of narrow brush fences. The horse has

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to be very accurate here, and so does the rider, to stay on a nice

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straight line. We go up the slope away from the lake then.

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Fence 16, outlander bank. Three- quarters around the course now and

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been galloping to this imposing bank. You have to get the horses

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powerful and bouncy to jump on and straight off through this hole and

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many horses don't like going through narrow spaces and will drop

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their head. You have to give them a big kick and sit tight as there is

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a huge drop on landing. Fence 21. HSBC marketplace. We have the

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option of two gates behind me. It's important to make sure the horses

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are really put back on to their hind leg and keep hands low. Then

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we have six strides towards this very narrow right-handed corner. As

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you can see, it's a very narrow gap to get through. Then we have a very

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tight turn on four strides to a left-handed corner. When I walked

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this I was wanting to make a much wider turn to close the door so the

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horses were less likely to run out but the way it walks you have to

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keep a tight line really encouraging them to nip that way.

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We have to be focused, keep the horses between hand and leg and

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make sure they go between the flags. The first horse we are going to see

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is Imperial Cavalier with the ever time riding Imperial Cavalier. The

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middle element is perhaps the test here. Yes, a good long gallop, but

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it is fence three so it comes early in the course. A lot of experience

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showing, but this is a big rail in the middle with no ground line.

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Let's have a look at the next complex, the red route is the direct

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route. This is quite a test. Here is Mary King, the going absolutely

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perfect. 11 minutes 13 is the optimum time. They are already on

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two minutes here. Mary is leaning back, keeping her horse off the

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rail, the final rail at quite an angle. Here, the Olympic gold

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medallist away, the first of his two rides. Leopin, in good form this

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season, the holder of the Olympic and the European title - the first

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time that has ever been done. Sets off on a decent dressage score so we

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will get an insight into the talents of this man. He is a real

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all-rounder rider. Quite a breeze, and it is a huge crowd still coming

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in. No jump into the water, but it can be quite spooky the way they

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have two approach the water, and two incredible angles over the hedges,

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then a quick turn to the footbridge. An enormous parallel over the

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ditch, then bread and butter for Mary and her horse. Now coming to

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the outlander bank, the enormous bank, and then the owl hole. The

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riders were really concerned about this fence. I don't think the horse

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even noticed there was an owl hole! Mary doesn't seem to be setting a

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fast pace at this stage in the course, nearly halfway now. Yes, but

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he has a big gallop stride and Mary has an inbuilt clock in her head so

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I wouldn't be too concerned about the time at the moment. Now at the

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famous late, and the red route is the direct route. Two narrow

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hedges, and the long route is very long. On the way out, a nice

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galloping stretch of this course. The long route is more difficult

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than the direct route so I don't think we will see anyone tackling

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that. Here is Leopin with Michael Jung. In the lead on his second

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horse, and he comes straight. was meant to be one stride, but it

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does walk very short. Now, at the marketplace, fence 21. Two corners,

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risky, plenty of chance to run out and this fence could be instrumental

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in the competition. Mary King on Imperial Cavalier, just setting off.

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It is a big right-handed corner, takes the flag out but well inside.

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It is important the horse's head, neck and shoulders stay inside the

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flag. Michael Jung of Germany, easily over. A huge spread of six

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foot six, concentration written all over his face, as he comes to the

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bank. One of the original site in Badminton in 1949, but with the owl

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hole which has caused discussion but they seem to be making nothing of

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it. William Fox-Pitt on his first ride, setting off. It would be good

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for him to have two rides here, a challenger for the incredible prize

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money. Away goes William, one of 11 riding two horses and this is the

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first of the two challenges for the Rolex grandslam, the biggest pot of

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gold for eventing, and it has attracted the biggest crowd we have

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seen the years here. A nice easy start, and this is the horse he

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hoped to ride in London, and this is the horse Mary did ride in London to

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be part of the medal winning team. Mary is going to be ten or 12

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seconds over. 12 seconds, 0.4 of a penalty for each of her penalties.

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This is difficult, particularly if they are beginning to get a shade

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wary, and here comes Michael Jung. There are some very tall trees, and

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there is an interesting one. What will the grand jury do? Did he

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present? Did he get 20? Let's look at it again. I would like to give

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him the benefit of the doubt. I think if he kicked he could have

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done it, but he was changing his mind and decided to pull the horse

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off. It was an exciting course to ride, the fences came thick and

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fast. It is not an over big course, but a lot of awkward questions

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starting early on at the Huntsman's close. When they are being a bit

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fresh like Imperial Cavalier, it was exciting riding through that. I was

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up on my time halfway, perhaps eased off a bit which I shouldn't have, I

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am getting slow in my old age! has another ride to come later, but

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now William Fox-Pitt on this big horse, Oslo. This would have been

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his chosen horse in London, but sadly not fit enough. That is a

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tight turn but he accelerated to work and jumped much more to the

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left. He should have given himself five strides before that one and

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that will be the favourite route. Here is Michael Jung and he has been

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given the 20 penalties at that staircase, but he will be inside the

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time and that perhaps reflects where the time will be. Remember, 11

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minutes 13 is the optimum time, but this man will be back at the end of

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cross country and that is when it will be a very tense affair. Coming

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to the farmyard for Williams, the big blue wagon and then offending

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line of five strides to know think on with a narrow back rail.

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Beautifully done. Michael Jung's first experience of this Badminton

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country course. Your horse looked very strong, did that make it

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difficult or could you enjoy it? fence he jumped very well, but he

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was so strong and had so much fun, galloping fast, and I look at my

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watch and I am very fast. Yes, and that is difficult, also at the last

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steps he jumped so much forward and also in the water, yes. It was a

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very nice course and the spectators always directly on the road and yes,

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it was very nice. Now the four times winner, Sir Mark Todd, coming to the

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lake on the first of his rides on the left-hand side. A big jump over

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the middle. There was just a little bit of a correction in the middle,

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which may have lost him his line. The danger of that left-hand direct

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route is that it is a very straight line to the corner and they do jump

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the first corner rather big, then it is a controlled four strides around

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a tight turn. You can see he was on quite a sharp angle and the horse

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didn't really focused on it. Then comes the second man for the

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grandslam pot of gold, Andrew Nicholson on his first ride, it is

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Avebury. It will have to be the second horse for him to try for the

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grandslam. He definitely slowed down after the 20 penalty points and you

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cannot blame him for that. He will not win on this one, and he will be

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relying on Parklane Hawk. Now it is the challenger from New Zealand, the

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one event he has never won. Oh, my word, a dog with him, luckily it has

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come to heal. Has that finger caused William Fox-Pitt problems on his

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first ride? Did you ride in the glove West Germanic yes, I did get a

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glove over it. It sounds like I am making an excuse but it was more of

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a hindrance today than it was yesterday and that gave me a

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surprise. He jumped and hold the reins through my fingers and that

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was it. You cannot really jump a corner on a long rain. Will you go

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out with confidence? I think so but I ride him with two reins so I don't

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know what I will do. Fingers crossed I don't make the same mistake again.

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This horse has been cheeky in the past in his youth, but he looks very

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professional and very established, and finding it easy. Now it is the

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Australian Sam Griffiths, lives down in Dorset. Very much out of luck in

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London with a fall on the flat but he will be determined to put that

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kind him. The way he goes to the lake. Mark Todd coming to the end,

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will he make it? He has to keep going, heading for the last but he

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will be over the time I reckon. He is kicking, and one second over.

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Pretty good from Mark Todd. Just 0.4 of a penalty to add to him. What

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about Sam Griffiths coming to the bank, the famous Irish bank that

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came to Badminton back in 1949. That is how they have been jumping it, it

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with the time. And he is going to set the pattern for the day.

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It's going to get faster and faster, I suspect. A lovely piece of

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judgment from a man who is absolutely the master judge of pace

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and Avebury comes home, ears pricked. Stays on his score and

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heads the leader board in the early Griffiths. Happy Times. It's about

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a minute 13 seconds from home on this undulating terrain. Tests out

:30:35.:30:45.
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a tired horse. Happy Times is not realised it had 20 foot of rope

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behind it. He is a cool thing and better when things are agitating

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him a little bit. We had another dog later in the course, as well,

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which just helps them. Some horses it puts them off. He probably

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thinks I have a new tactic. Exactly, keep his mind on the job! You made

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the time look easy there. You must be looking forward to later. It's

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lovely to ride around here, the ground is perfect. Everyone knows

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you have perfect ground conditions, good weather conditions and horses

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skill along happily and love it. It's a credit to everyone who does

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coming to the final fences on the course. Over the Rolex crossing. 21

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seconds to get home. He is going to be quite pushed. Need a good 20

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seconds, if not a few more, to get home from there? He probably does

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need more time but he will be happy. Because this horse has had problems

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in the past. It was an exciting young horse and then it had a few

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hiccups and he's really come back with a vengeance here at Badminton.

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He is on the time now. He is a couple of seconds over. But I don't

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think that will be worrying him. 44.9 penalties. Four seconds over.

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as Christopher Burton comes on course with Holstein Park Leilani.

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This man has impressed us with his style and ability. Wasn't the

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smoothest I had hoped for. A couple of strides weren't perfect but he

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is an an experienced horse and sometimes cross-country riding is

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about doing what you have to do and that's what it felt like today.

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He's an experienced campaigner and he did a great job. He was a star.

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The lake looked interesting. Yeah, I just missed my stride into that!

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He bailed me out of trouble. Sometimes you have to do what you

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have to do and grit your teeth and get on with it. Luckily, he is a

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competitor like that himself. He really helped me out there.

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Another great combination for Great Britain, Nicola Wilson and

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Opposition Buzz. Now they're on their own trying to

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win the title. They've gone well through Huntsman ap close and

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Opposition Buzz looking in very good form.

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Christopher Burton, favours the left side. Christopher never moves.

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Regains the balance and makes the corners look like child's play.

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What's great about this partnership it looks effortless. Now the new

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star on the block for Ireland, Aoife Clarke in the Olympic team

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for Ireland. This is a good start Burton. That time looks as though

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it's going to elude him. He has had a brilliant ride around her. Very

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impressive. Another one to be a few seconds over the time. He goes into

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third position at the moment on leader board. We see Opposition

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Buzz, now 16 years old. Good dressage, 48.2 you can see.

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ever. He has been saufp great horse. -- such a great horse. Aoife Clarke,

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he loses the back leg! He was clever and quick thinking with his

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feet. Didn't get the perfect spot on there but recovered brilliantly.

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A good sight for Great Britain, she's now turning to the last. I

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don't think she's going to make it. We have had one or two who have

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been a few seconds over, just misjudging. Is Nicola Wilson going

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horses while he was in Kentucky. Let's see if the advice to inject

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lady who has caught the eye of the world's eventing public. She's gone

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very well here. First Badminton three years ago and got better and

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better. Away goes Stefano Brecciaroli.

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Never gone quick enough. Andrew really was getting him wound up and

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he set off at tremendous pace and got the eye in Kentucky and then

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didn't go fast enough. But this lady has. Ireland at the moment

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very much on the up under their new trainer Nick Turner. This is good

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news for him. She is inside the time or is haoe? She's done exactly

:36:43.:36:53.
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the same as Nicola Wilson. Two That's what happened to Nicola.

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Ends up with one time fault. She's the leading British rider. The

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leader board is dominated by Australia and New Zealand.

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Sam Griffiths in front on Happy horse bought out of Belgium.

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They've been a combination now for four years and they certainly have

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strengthened the Australian sport - - the Italian sport the last few

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years. I have to say he's gone out much faster. Andrew has definitely

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had an effect on him. He looks fast and furious. The horse is jumping

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so well. Incredibly sharp. Gets away from that truck fence so

:37:54.:38:01.

quickly. Sandra Auffarth an Olympic

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medallist from London. Won team gold, individual bronze and

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certainly looks a combination that could feature here. They've set out

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be up on the time. He looks faster than anyone we have seen so far.

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Looks to have a good long stride covering the ground and Stefano

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looking very confident. The approach quick and that's where

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often you can lose time in the approach to each of these. 45

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rail in. An incredible drop on the landing. So quick! That's a long

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three strides and another long three strides and he almost point-

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to-point speeds over that fence. Sandra Auffarth. Picks up pace and

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rhythm. Well ridden. Did a lot of show jumping before she came into

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the sport but slotted in well indeed. Germany now hraog to be

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changing the -- look to be changing the powerbase of the sport. They're

:39:40.:39:50.
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flying away from the lake. Just gold medal-winning team in London.

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Very experienced combination. She's not hanging around either as she

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comes out of the quarry. They're waiting at the start, former World

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and European champion, Zara fill independents -- Phillips on High

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Kingdom. They'll be next on the course.

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Getting Getting towards the end of the course, Sandra. Over the big

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table. Comes to the marketplace. Looks as though she's heading for

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the gate on the left. Just leaning a little bit on the bridle. Does

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tend to get low in front at times, very sharp in front. Another one to

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take the flag out but no doubt she family. This horse not great in the

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show jumping - picks up one early! Ingrid sits there well. She is one

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of the stars of equestrian sport in Germany.

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Stefano across that combination at This is a different picture than we

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have seen from this combination before. The Italian sport is

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beginning to develop a world-class team.

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This combination will be part of it. Each second that ticks by, 0.4 of a

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penalty to add. Will he go in front?

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Will he just drop back a place? Just gets home in time. He adds six

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penalties to his overnight score. Away goes Zara and High Kingdom. A

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lot of expectations on Zara and this horse. Brilliant performance

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in London. The horse just looks as though he is getting stronger and

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more developed every time I see him. She's certainly up for a good ride.

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Gentle introduction over the first gallop. Picture of concentration as

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Sandra Auffarth now at the big keeper's brush. Huge fence in front.

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They make it look like a pony club Alzheimer's, the charity this year

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at Badminton. Here are a combination that are going to be

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stars of the sport in the years to come, I am sure. 17 seconds to get

:42:49.:42:52.

home. This will be another inside the

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top of the leader board. There's one phase still to come,

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just to miss out. She's going to add to 1.2 time

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penalties but does creep away of Stefano and now Germany back to the

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to the outlander bank. He gallops along and can jump out at any speed.

:43:45.:43:55.
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attacking and the time should be easy for this combination. He is

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very fast. He's got to be careful, as well, at this rail.

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seconds over the time. Did it jump well? He jumped amazing. It was a

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great feeling. It felt really easy with the horse, such a good horse.

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Really fun and and it the crowd and everything, perfect. You have done

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well at the Olympics and World Championships, where does Badminton

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rank in things you want to achieve? It was totally different goal for

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me and it was really cool to ride here and I think it was a big thing

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sport wants to come to Badminton once in their life and they've all

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come this year to make it a dramatic competition. Here is a

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lady who has never won here. Now with this nice horse, High kingdom.

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A bit quick! And hits it on the angle. She had to sit tight there

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but has got such a good temperament these days. Zara away to the lake.

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 41 seconds

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effortless, as received through the village. Now it is highly kingdom,

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Zara Phillips at the lake. Was he focused on it? I don't think he was

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looking at it, and she has retired. The crowd are giving her a very

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appreciative applause. He looks quite keen, certainly growing into

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himself with strength. Zara is focused, she has the contact, but he

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never really looks at it, doesn't even look like he is intending to

:46:46.:46:56.
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jump it. She so wants to win a Badminton title. It is Ingrid Klimke

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at the last, and she joins the party at the top of the leaderboard. It is

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getting a bigger and bigger party, Germany looking so strong. Another

:47:16.:47:26.
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German, Dirk Schrade. Lovely, effortless. Such a neat little

:47:30.:47:39.

horse, I wanted to do one stride into the water but he decided easy

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in and out and he is very clever. He is nearly 15 so it is a big pleasure

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to enjoy these rides. One day I come here and I want to win for sure but

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this year I will be happy if I am top ten, it is true. She was second

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in 2002. Now we are watching another talent, Dirk Schrade. He really has

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got the cross-country world class. They have always been brilliant at

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the dressage, now they look spectacular at the cross country as

:48:19.:48:29.
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well. Was that the commentators curse? I don't know. He looks like

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he was going for a long stride and the horse didn't quite know what he

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was asking for. He switches off his watch, and he is cantering into the

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water to get his feet wet, to make sure the horse knows what he was

:48:48.:48:56.

asking him to do and to make sure he has the confidence to do it in the

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future. You can see he was pushing for the long stride, and was a

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little bit too far off it. The horse didn't quite think he would take

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it. By the time he took another one, crash, and they are out. Tiana

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Coudray, and they have started off very well in their first attempt.

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Zara Phillips with me now and it wasn't to be today. No, I didn't

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want to ruin the grand slam. Really annoying because he was good on the

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dressage, and he was jumping too well. Like he was coming back to the

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combinations and in Huntsman's close he almost jumped it too well and

:49:53.:50:03.
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rubbed the knee on the left, then on the final jump he put his head up

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and ran past. These days there is no point in carrying on because you can

:50:15.:50:21.

always reroute. I decided to save him for another day and try to have

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time in London but we have seen a lot of them in America, a very

:50:39.:50:48.

special young horse. A bandage has come loose and that could be very

:50:48.:50:55.

dangerous. It looks stretchy so hopefully he will just rip it off.

:50:55.:51:05.
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Mary King with Kings Temptress, a lovely mare, homebred. This is a

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very big log in the middle, but it has jumped well, and Mary King looks

:51:15.:51:23.

more positive on this second ride, compared to what she started out on

:51:23.:51:33.
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weight Imperial Cavalier. Tiana Coudray, looking more polished than

:51:35.:51:40.

she did in London. I just have a feeling the Olympic Games came a

:51:40.:51:46.

little early, just 24 years old, and a combination that looks like one

:51:46.:51:56.
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for the future for the Americans. They did well in Kentucky last week.

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A very classy jumper. And a big jump, looking very impressive I have

:52:09.:52:17.

to say. This could be one to come up the leaderboard. What can Mary King

:52:17.:52:24.

do? She first competed here in 1985, and with the great Sheila Wilcox

:52:24.:52:29.

before she started, and she has been competitive ever since. And she has

:52:29.:52:39.
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a daughter, Emily, who will keep the family line. This mare was a winner

:52:42.:52:49.

in Kentucky in 2011. She is looking confident. Yes, much more positive

:52:49.:52:56.

locking, and another one looking positive is Tiana Coudray. An

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enormous ditch in front of that hedge, but the horses just pop over

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it. There are seven jumping efforts in the last minute on this course so

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there is a lot of jumping at the end and it is important the horses keep

:53:14.:53:21.

some petrol in the tank. This horse is still full of running. I don't

:53:21.:53:30.

think she will get there, but she will not be much over it. The new

:53:30.:53:33.

manager is here and certainly inspiring the Americans to greater

:53:33.:53:43.
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things, and they need it, as they turn into the last. 45.3 and this

:53:46.:53:56.

American is in with her best. Now it is the second ride for Sam

:53:56.:54:03.

Griffiths, now with this young horse at the hollow. This is one for the

:54:03.:54:13.
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future, only ten years old. Look at that crowd. This is the best spot on

:54:22.:54:26.

the cross-country course, right next to the lake.

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I am standing next to Corel, how long have you been coming to

:54:31.:54:40.

Badminton? Nine years, I enjoy the horses. It is really thrilling. What

:54:40.:54:47.

do you like about coming here? Absolutely everything, watching a

:54:47.:54:52.

mixture of cross-country and a bit of the dressage and everything.

:54:52.:54:58.

long have you been coming? It is my first year but he has been coming

:54:58.:55:05.

for the last nine years or so. you support particular riders?

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Always on the British team. We are supportive for whoever wins it.

:55:15.:55:18.

Everyone is very friendly because you end up sitting next to people

:55:18.:55:24.

you have never met before. They are enjoying themselves and we are going

:55:24.:55:29.

to take you back out onto the course now. It is all part of the Olympic

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legacy, more and more interest in the equestrian sport. Here is Mary

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King, she so desperately wanted the gold at the Olympics but it didn't

:55:43.:55:52.

happen. Here she is with Kings Temptress. Yes, I homebred mare,

:55:52.:55:58.

which makes it so much more special when you breed them right from the

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word go. That is debatable. To the side of that flag. My first instinct

:56:07.:56:13.

is possibly to the wrong side. That will be reviewed by the grand jury.

:56:13.:56:18.

I would have to say the horse was the wrong side of that flight and it

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is an interesting one. Mary has no choice but to keep going unless

:56:23.:56:29.

somebody calls her back. She will have to put that out of her mind as

:56:29.:56:38.

she continues. Which way will they go? Here is some Griffiths's second

:56:38.:56:42.

ride, and a good performance for a quite inexperienced horse at this

:56:42.:56:52.
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level. Sam Griffiths has had a good day. A very popular competitor based

:56:53.:57:03.
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here in Britain. Now, Mary King is being stopped. The jury have

:57:03.:57:08.

adjudicated that Mary went the wrong side of the flag with Kings

:57:08.:57:16.

Temptress, and here we can see it again. Yes, the horse's head, neck

:57:16.:57:21.

and shoulders definitely the wrong side of the flag. There was no real

:57:21.:57:31.
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doubt. This is Jock Paget, the outstanding young jockey from New

:57:35.:57:45.
:57:45.:57:57.

Zealand. He has risen to the top of the world rankings. Now Tina Cook

:57:57.:58:05.

and Miners Frolic, has to be the most glamorous horse I was going to

:58:05.:58:12.

say! Leaves his back legs on it, but it hasn't affected the flow. You can

:58:12.:58:18.

see a little sliding over the fence. You can see her driving the horse to

:58:18.:58:22.

the fence and he jumps the first part beautifully and then just picks

:58:22.:58:32.
:58:32.:58:36.

up. This is the combination that everybody has to beat - Michael

:58:36.:58:45.

Jung, the leader after the dressage. Could they win Badminton

:58:45.:58:55.
:58:55.:58:55.

at their very first attempt? We are with Jock Paget, a man now based

:58:55.:58:59.

with Mark Todd and has a team of horses but only came to the sport

:58:59.:59:05.

when he was 18 and has very quickly risen to the top. He was an

:59:05.:59:10.

apprentice bricklayer in Australia for some time, but now he is at the

:59:10.:59:15.

top of the world rankings. Incidentally, we are getting rumours

:59:15.:59:23.

of a crowd of 150,000, and that is a record. They have come to watch this

:59:23.:59:29.

man. Olympic, world, European champion, never been done before on

:59:29.:59:36.

the horse that he has won all of those titles on, and this is the one

:59:36.:59:40.

man who could spoil the party for that Rolex grand slam for either

:59:40.:59:48.

William Fox-Pitt and Andrew Nicholson. Michael Jung on course.

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Just watch him. You will see the reason why.

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Classic start for the Germans. hassle to him.

:00:49.:00:54.

Michael Jung at the huntsman close, it's caused a little bit of trouble.

:00:54.:00:59.

That angled log has had two or three that's tumbled.

:00:59.:01:08.

Very good judge of pace. This man is technically absolutely brilliant.

:01:08.:01:13.

Tina flying into the arena. She's got to keep going. You can't just

:01:13.:01:23.
:01:23.:01:23.

spend too much time sitting up for Absolutely spot on. How accurate

:01:23.:01:30.

can you get? Badminton hasn't always been Tina's lucky venue but

:01:31.:01:40.

She's not going to feature in the top ten quite, maybe just. But this

:01:40.:01:49.

man certainly could. New Zealand's Jock Paget. And

:01:49.:01:53.

Clifton Promise. We saw him on the approach, an enormous jump through

:01:53.:01:57.

that. Just on the approach having a check of his watch. Making sure he

:01:57.:02:02.

is up on time. That was a brilliant jump there. Almost the bigger the

:02:02.:02:06.

jump, the more impressive the jump the more the horses are punished

:02:06.:02:09.

because they land at the bottom of that steep bank. It hasn't upset

:02:10.:02:19.
:02:20.:02:50.

the lake. Michael Jung and Sam. He's struggling! How did he get

:02:50.:02:55.

that line back? Amazing! He can just do no wrong at the

:02:55.:03:00.

moment, this guy. This was very, very quick reaction from the horse

:03:00.:03:06.

and the rider. You can see the left leg is left behind. The hind legs

:03:06.:03:09.

go newspaper the air. Phaoeugle is leaning back, trying to get control

:03:09.:03:16.

and grabs the reins. Sam isn't even looking and oh, there it is, you

:03:16.:03:20.

want me to jump that? How pwhreul kwrapbt -- brilliant. That's a

:03:20.:03:24.

classic piece of saving riding, correcting riding, whatever you

:03:24.:03:28.

want to call it. Riding by the seat of the pants! Good old-fashioned

:03:29.:03:33.

stuff. Now The Staircase for Clifton Promise. Another sequence

:03:33.:03:37.

of fences that's caused disappointments for some. What a

:03:37.:03:43.

quick reaction over that second step.

:03:43.:03:46.

Absolutely cat-like. This combination are working as a great

:03:46.:03:56.
:03:56.:03:59.

team. That's Clifton Promise. This first element. Quick thinking and

:03:59.:04:03.

Michael's position never changes. It keeps the horse in balance.

:04:03.:04:13.
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I say, it's a little chancy. This man is so cool. And indeed so is

:04:14.:04:21.

this man, jock Paget. -- Jock. It's another young Mark Todd in the

:04:21.:04:27.

making, surely. He could go into the lead. Jung is out on the course,

:04:27.:04:37.
:04:37.:04:41.

he's being as quick as he can and as soon as it's over - over the

:04:41.:04:45.

Rolex fence and he accelerates away. It's going to be close.

:04:45.:04:55.
:04:55.:05:05.

This is another one inside the time, who's misjudged it? One second

:05:05.:05:10.

inside. And he is the new leader. There is a real battle between

:05:10.:05:14.

Germany and New Zealand at the moment. Remember, I would think

:05:14.:05:18.

Jock will be off quickly to be watching Michael Jung.

:05:18.:05:28.
:05:28.:05:39.

hiccup at the lake. Not the best at the pond. But still looks very

:05:39.:05:43.

impressive. He is so correct in his technique, this horse. It's no

:05:43.:05:53.
:05:53.:06:01.

wonder he is good at all three of problems today, the odd hiccup.

:06:01.:06:05.

He could be in the arena at home, the way he is jumping those. I have

:06:05.:06:09.

been with the horse a long time now and know him quite well and he

:06:09.:06:13.

knows me. Always starts off a little bit nervous and then settles

:06:13.:06:16.

in and gets quite brave and almost too brave to the end but gives you

:06:16.:06:20.

a fantastic feeling. Show jumps his way around, he is beautiful.

:06:20.:06:22.

Terrifically strong New Zealand challenge here. How much does it

:06:22.:06:27.

mean to you to be not just part of it but at the head of it? Well, I

:06:27.:06:31.

would really like to win this event, that's why I came and I have been

:06:31.:06:36.

preparing all year. It's great to have all the kiwis around us, as

:06:36.:06:42.

well. If I don't win I would like a kiwi to come first. They're

:06:42.:06:48.

certainly trying. Here is a man who would like to stop them. The

:06:48.:06:51.

prolific William Fox-Pitt on the ride that matters, can he put

:06:51.:06:59.

himself in with a chance of winning the �65,000 first prize? And put

:06:59.:07:05.

himself in for the pot of gold for the Rolex Grand Slam? But we are

:07:05.:07:10.

back with Jung. He can spoil the party for Fox-Pitt and Nicholson.

:07:10.:07:14.

What was so good about that table because he never altered the rhythm.

:07:14.:07:18.

The stride pattern stayed the same and the horse gave a brilliant jump.

:07:18.:07:22.

He looks as though he is going to the right gate. But he is not

:07:22.:07:28.

taking the long route. He's cut across that 90 degree corner and

:07:28.:07:32.

got the four strides. We have only seen about two horses do that the

:07:32.:07:40.

whole day. I have to say for me it would be the favoured route. Fox-

:07:40.:07:50.
:07:50.:08:07.

away stylishly and well. Michael Jung and Sam. He's decided to take

:08:07.:08:10.

the alternative. How sensible is that? Is he quick enough? Is he

:08:10.:08:14.

going to do the time and get away with that long route? It's got rid

:08:14.:08:20.

of the risk. He's actually kept a good pace up and probably got ahead

:08:20.:08:30.
:08:30.:08:31.

of the clock. Now the tricky sequence of fences

:08:31.:08:41.
:08:41.:08:47.

wonderful athleticism there of the thoroughbreds.

:08:47.:08:51.

Look at the stride on this horse. That's the end of the course, at

:08:51.:09:01.
:09:01.:09:07.

by going the long route at the staircase.

:09:07.:09:11.

It is worth saying that the man is always in that balance, that the

:09:11.:09:15.

worse is comfortable and able to use its wonderful athletic skills

:09:15.:09:20.

to the full advantage, both by galloping along and by jumping and

:09:20.:09:24.

they take no more out of themselves, either horse or rider, wherever

:09:24.:09:33.

they're going. It is the sure way to save energy, keep them in a good

:09:33.:09:38.

rhythm. He never alters rhythm. He is galloping easily and jumping

:09:38.:09:42.

brilliantly. He has had hiccups on the course, but it's looked so

:09:42.:09:48.

smooth and easy. The majority of it. Look at the time, one of the

:09:48.:09:58.
:09:58.:10:00.

We are privileged to be watching one of the best combinations we

:10:00.:10:04.

have seen in this sport for years and years. And could be ever. He's

:10:05.:10:11.

cruised around. He's maintained his position on 36. He was the

:10:11.:10:16.

overnight leader and he will stay there. Of course, there's one phase

:10:16.:10:20.

left, the show jumping. Can this man close within a fence and still

:10:20.:10:24.

keep that challenge up, both for his second title and also for that

:10:24.:10:32.

Grand Slam? William, who won in 2004, but this could be a much more

:10:32.:10:36.

valuable win for William, if he can do it. We were talking about rhythm

:10:36.:10:40.

and there's no one better at keeping a rhythm and what's

:10:40.:10:43.

incredible about William and his horse is he never looks as though

:10:43.:10:48.

he is in a hurry and he's always there or thereabouts on the time.

:10:48.:10:54.

He made that look like child's play. Looks as though he has all the time

:10:54.:11:04.
:11:04.:11:06.

pressure on you, you were the leader. Hairy moment at the lake,

:11:06.:11:10.

and all that steering! Yeah, I think that's cross-country, not

:11:10.:11:18.

everything is perfect. But my horse do a really well job. After the

:11:18.:11:21.

mistake he was directly concentrating and listen to me,

:11:21.:11:27.

what we do now and perfect. He was so fresh in the end I do a little

:11:27.:11:31.

bit and he go forward, amazing horse.

:11:32.:11:36.

Is the balance of power in the sport changing? Michael Jung

:11:36.:11:44.

certainly did make his attempt to do so as William comes to the pond.

:11:44.:11:48.

Not perhaps the neatest, but safe and that's what matters. Looks to

:11:48.:11:58.
:11:58.:12:16.

has two reins on this horse. How is it affecting him? So far it's not

:12:16.:12:23.

been an issue. The problem must be when he jumps that down, he has to

:12:23.:12:29.

slip the reins through and gather them up again. If that finger the

:12:29.:12:33.

the isn't working properly it will have an effect. Like all great

:12:33.:12:37.

competitors, he can put the pain out of the head and get on with the

:12:37.:12:47.
:12:47.:12:56.

William held him off that fence. He got a little close. The finger is

:12:56.:13:04.

working. Certainly it. The clock is looking reasonable. Mark Todd and

:13:04.:13:12.

his second ride, Ravenstar. New for him.

:13:12.:13:17.

He's got a great catch ride record here. Didn't feature too well in

:13:17.:13:23.

the dressage. How lucky New Zealand are to have

:13:23.:13:28.

two supreme horsemen as Todd and Nicholson, still at their very best

:13:28.:13:33.

and helping the younger generation, as well. The table towards the end

:13:33.:13:37.

of the track for William. A huge jump there. You can see the quality

:13:37.:13:42.

of this horse when he is galloping. He opens up. Looking at the clock

:13:42.:13:52.
:13:52.:13:54.

there, I would say he is in pretty he is taking the long route. He is

:13:54.:14:02.

obviously concerned having had that whoopsy earlier on. He is up on the

:14:02.:14:05.

clock. He has to keep galloping to make sure he makes it. That's

:14:05.:14:14.

probably a sensible move for William.

:14:14.:14:18.

Coming down through the dip to the steps.

:14:18.:14:21.

The great thing here is to be able to control what power you have, if

:14:21.:14:25.

you are tired you have to hold it together and push. If you have got

:14:25.:14:29.

too much holding, because the distance between the two steps and

:14:29.:14:36.

he jumps a long way out is tight, but beautifully - again looks to be

:14:36.:14:46.
:14:46.:14:58.

Four-times winner and the reigning champion, won that in 2011. We go

:14:58.:15:04.

back to William and Parklane Hawk at the village. Getting a little

:15:04.:15:08.

strong there and William is having to keep hold of him. He needs those

:15:08.:15:18.
:15:18.:15:22.

two reins. And the fingers, too! Waiting in the wings, the other man

:15:22.:15:29.

who wants that Rolex grand slam and the 350,000 American dollars. When

:15:29.:15:39.
:15:39.:15:48.

Philip won it, it was 250,000 American dollars. This New Zealand

:15:48.:15:51.

Thoroughbred ex-racehorse looks superb and he is wasting no time at

:15:51.:16:00.

all. He will not be waving at the public and not getting the time.

:16:00.:16:07.

What we have seen in Badminton 2013, dare I suggest, it is more

:16:07.:16:13.

thoroughbreds taking part at the top level of the sport. I am all in

:16:13.:16:18.

favour of that. You cannot beat a good Thoroughbred. When the sport

:16:18.:16:22.

changed and we got rid of the steeplechase, there was talk about

:16:22.:16:29.

different types of horses. Look at the time, absolutely brilliant, into

:16:29.:16:33.

third place, knocking on the door and putting pressure on Michael

:16:33.:16:39.

Jung. He is closer to the optimum time, so is Michael Jung takes

:16:39.:16:49.
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offence down and William jumps clear, Michael will be ahead. This

:16:50.:16:57.

is a man more focused than ever, always wanting to improve, and

:16:57.:17:03.

riding better than ever. He was unlucky in the Olympic Games to

:17:03.:17:08.

finish in fourth place just out of the medals individually, one team

:17:08.:17:12.

bronze and they were thrilled with that, but this man is now riding

:17:12.:17:22.
:17:22.:17:49.

that. That really lifted spirits and my finger didn't get in the way too

:17:49.:17:51.

much because he is very strong. I was very aware Michael Jung would

:17:51.:17:54.

canter around with his eyes closed as he always does, so I thought I

:17:54.:17:57.

need to cut this is fine as I can do. You have got to be inside

:17:57.:18:00.

because I know that Andrew Nicholson is 0.2 behind me so there is no

:18:00.:18:03.

leeway. What a fantastic climax for everyone watching, not so great for

:18:03.:18:13.

us! The man is absolutely right. After the dressage, 0.2 of the

:18:13.:18:20.

penalty behind, and that is just nothing. Nereo, the horse that he

:18:20.:18:30.
:18:30.:18:36.

won with in the world are -- equestrian event. Here is Mark

:18:36.:18:46.
:18:46.:19:01.

toured -- Mark Todd with Ravenstar. He is as enthusiastic as ever, based

:19:01.:19:11.

near Swindon. Andrew Nicholson comes through Huntsman's close. A big

:19:11.:19:20.

jump, and he captures that knee. We have seen a couple on the floor by

:19:20.:19:30.
:19:30.:19:34.

capturing that left-hand knee, but Andrew never moves. This is the

:19:34.:19:41.

best-known three-day event in the world, and it is providing a classic

:19:41.:19:49.

as Mark Todd finishes. A huge crowd here for the final stages and it

:19:49.:19:54.

creates such a good atmosphere. This is the famous Badminton house, the

:19:54.:20:04.
:20:04.:20:26.

backdrop for all of those years to do that, and how spectacular was

:20:26.:20:36.

it? And saving time. Such a strong position in the saddle, gives the

:20:36.:20:41.

horse so much confidence and that is what it is all about. Here is the

:20:41.:20:51.
:20:51.:20:57.

lady who has won the Rolex grand slam, that was back in 2003. Pippa

:20:58.:21:07.

Funnell, with Redesigned, and comes here with a lack of match practice.

:21:07.:21:12.

He does, but you couldn't have a more experienced rider on top to

:21:12.:21:22.
:21:22.:21:24.

help him. Laura Collett, going on the right, about to take the longer

:21:24.:21:34.
:21:34.:21:36.

route. She has had a good ride round with him, and playing it safe.

:21:36.:21:40.

Funnell, without doubt one of the ladies of the sport, European

:21:40.:21:49.

champion twice, first in 1999. On this very big, capable chestnut

:21:49.:21:57.

horse. If she can go clear inside the time, and that is what she means

:21:57.:22:07.
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to do if she can, she will be taking on these folk. Andrew Nicholson on

:22:11.:22:17.

Nereo. Andrew Nicholson with his now famous goggles, very distinctive and

:22:17.:22:24.

totally focused. A little tap on the shoulder just to open up for the

:22:24.:22:31.

fence. If they jump right-handed there is a risk of landing in the

:22:31.:22:40.

ditch and it is very smelly, isn't it? I do remember! Michael Young's

:22:40.:22:50.
:22:50.:22:55.

home, 36, cannot be beaten. William Fox-Pitt home on the fence with a

:22:55.:23:00.

better optimum time than Michael Jung. Andrew goes clear, he will be

:23:00.:23:09.

in fourth place, and he is flying easily. He takes the tightest line,

:23:09.:23:16.

turning into that beam he was almost underneath the tree. He shaves every

:23:16.:23:26.
:23:26.:23:28.

second of the course he can. And the dog, if you remember. He would take

:23:28.:23:38.
:23:38.:23:40.

that home with him and not even notice! This is certainly one of the

:23:40.:23:50.
:23:50.:24:04.

future stars, Laura Collett. Pippa Funnell with Redesigned, and he is

:24:04.:24:11.

in great form. He did a brilliant dressage test, looking great at the

:24:11.:24:18.

lake. Owned by Roger and Denise Lincoln, who owned one of her other

:24:18.:24:27.

great rides. The owners are so important, as Nereo comes to the

:24:27.:24:34.

marketplace. He got the line no problem at all, and there is no one

:24:34.:24:39.

who knows how important the owners are to them in this sport than the

:24:40.:24:49.
:24:50.:24:52.

owner of this Spanish bred horse. This is certainly one of the best.

:24:52.:25:02.
:25:02.:25:13.

Now, the steps. Just a slight little peck, but perfect really. Pippa

:25:13.:25:23.
:25:23.:25:36.

Funnell, as good as anyone through since 1980, came here to groom for

:25:36.:25:46.
:25:46.:25:51.

Mark Todd and then became a big star in his own right. Now only 500

:25:51.:25:57.

metres from home and looking good on the clock. Looking very impressive

:25:57.:26:03.

on the clock, and no one has better judgement on time and speed across

:26:03.:26:07.

country than Andrew, but we have been witnessing some incredible

:26:07.:26:12.

riding today at Badminton. The absolute top of the game, and the

:26:12.:26:21.

riders have not disappointed us in any way. One has to say, as Andrew

:26:21.:26:26.

comes towards home, the course designer has done a very good job.

:26:26.:26:30.

Lots of little mistakes all around this course, it is for a world-class

:26:30.:26:35.

field, not easy to do. Many thought it was perhaps not the biggest

:26:35.:26:40.

Badminton they have ever seen but it still provided the competition and

:26:40.:26:49.

that is what matters. Beautifully home, seven seconds. Stays on his

:26:49.:26:58.

dressage to go in fourth place, four of them with 40.2 covering the top

:26:58.:27:05.

four. There could be drama tomorrow with the showjumping. Pippa

:27:05.:27:15.
:27:15.:27:15.

Funnell... Oh, no! He wasn't looking. Is that a result of the

:27:15.:27:22.

lack of match practice? Needing the outing? He jumped the steps as well

:27:22.:27:28.

as anyone, his head is a little high and he is not really focused on it.

:27:28.:27:38.
:27:38.:27:41.

A little bit like Zara at the lake. He is superb to ride, he pulled very

:27:41.:27:46.

hard in the first few minutes which he doesn't do normally but I think

:27:47.:27:53.

he got quite wound up with the crowd, quite rightly, and making a

:27:53.:28:02.

racket didn't help. It just made me hold and pulse a bit more. What

:28:02.:28:06.

realistically do you think now? day left, what was I after the

:28:07.:28:16.
:28:17.:28:17.

dressage? In fifth place? Confidence, I have to be, don't I? I

:28:17.:28:24.

moved up last season, and some of the riders who were in front of me

:28:24.:28:29.

are behind me today. We will see what happens. Many people in the

:28:29.:28:33.

crowd would have loved to have seen this lady in the mix but it is not

:28:33.:28:43.
:28:43.:28:45.

to be. Will this combination be part of the European Championships? At

:28:45.:28:48.

the moment only one British competitor in the top ten and you

:28:48.:28:58.
:28:58.:28:59.

have to wonder how the balance is changing, as Pippa comes to the

:28:59.:29:03.

last. I don't think she will quite get home but that is not surprising

:29:03.:29:13.
:29:13.:29:18.

after that problem with the steps. Disappointment for her, but we have

:29:18.:29:28.
:29:28.:29:33.

a very international leaderboard. Michael Jung, head -- in the lead.

:29:33.:29:43.
:29:43.:29:43.

Pippa Funnell, here alongside me, and just not your competition this

:29:43.:29:53.

year. No, but it was quite a task getting the horse here. He has not

:29:53.:29:57.

had many runs in the last two years and when it is not going your way,

:29:57.:30:03.

it is not going your way. competition is very tight at the

:30:03.:30:10.

top. It was always going to be Clash of the Titans, and what better way.

:30:10.:30:15.

We all came here expecting it to be between Michael Jung, William

:30:15.:30:24.

Fox-Pitt and Andrew Nicholson, but we mustn't forget Jock Paget.

:30:24.:30:29.

think William Fox-Pitt and Andrew Nicholson are too far off the pace?

:30:29.:30:35.

I think they could still do it. Either of them, if they could do it,

:30:36.:30:41.

they are two of the top horse men in the world and I think it does come

:30:41.:30:45.

down to Michael Jung. They will be going in with a little less pressure

:30:45.:30:55.

because they have got to put the pressure on Michael. If he does win,

:30:55.:31:01.

he will be the first German to win here at Badminton and he may be

:31:01.:31:04.

looking back at this moment at the lake as the time when it went

:31:04.:31:14.
:31:14.:31:25.

horribly wrong or what won him the gives him freedom. He never

:31:26.:31:30.

pwupblgs. -- budges. It's when things go wrong how quick you react

:31:30.:31:33.

and he reacted really quickly. Andrew Nicholson putting pressure

:31:33.:31:36.

on, you heard his interview and he says even though he has three

:31:36.:31:39.

riders between him and the lead position he says I am feeling

:31:39.:31:46.

confident. He has two horses in the top ten and Aveb rurbgs Aveburies

:31:46.:31:55.

had already jumped. Both bits of that parallel went and slow on time.

:31:55.:31:59.

The time you have to keep plugging on, you have to keep quite tight

:31:59.:32:03.

around the corners and you have to remember that so much - we have

:32:03.:32:07.

seen a few get silly little time faults. You have to keep moving,

:32:07.:32:11.

which is which is easier said than done when you have so much pressure

:32:11.:32:16.

heaped on you. They're saying this is one of the toughest courses ever

:32:16.:32:20.

built at Badminton and makes it hard for horses that have been

:32:20.:32:25.

cross-country yesterday and those that have gone quick on fast ground.

:32:25.:32:35.
:32:35.:32:38.

part of a second over the time of 86 seconds and you pick up another

:32:38.:32:43.

penalty point. That could end up being absolutely crucial. It always,

:32:43.:32:47.

and you found it this morning, it's difficult, and we are seeing Ingrid

:32:47.:32:50.

now, one of three Germans in the top ten, it's difficult to jump

:32:50.:32:54.

clear in the third phase of a three-day event. I think, depends

:32:54.:32:59.

what you are sat on, but also the ground yesterday encouraged horses

:32:59.:33:04.

to run quick so some are feeling tired. Then there are always - the

:33:04.:33:08.

last day depends how they come out and we have seen horses jump super

:33:08.:33:12.

rounds. My horse definitely is lacking match practice and he was

:33:12.:33:17.

body weary. I think the top guys will still be doing pretty good job.

:33:17.:33:21.

Ingrid was so bubbly yesterday after her cross-country round.

:33:21.:33:26.

Already one down here. Let's join Ian and Mike.

:33:26.:33:31.

Yes, one down. This is not her strong phase.

:33:31.:33:41.
:33:41.:33:49.

On 49, already dropped down two Show jumping is so important these

:33:49.:33:54.

days, Ian. It certainly is. It's a question of which fence - that's

:33:54.:33:58.

the first fence Ingrid has jumped that the horse hasn't rattled. Only

:33:58.:34:02.

one down. Three jumps to go. It has been expensive in the past

:34:02.:34:12.
:34:12.:34:19.

Didn't jump in the final individual in London because she had

:34:19.:34:21.

disappointment in the past. Again she's been second here before but

:34:21.:34:30.

it's two down, eight to hand and eight - eight to add and finished

:34:30.:34:34.

on 53. Rattled a bit the double and coming to the last, should have

:34:34.:34:39.

jumped it, but drifted left and kicked it out. Actually, for him

:34:39.:34:46.

two down is not a bad round. Capacity audience. Absolutely

:34:46.:34:56.
:34:56.:34:58.

gripped by this final session. That wonderful trophy and now the turn

:34:58.:35:04.

of Sam Griffiths for Australia. One Australian in the top ten. Been

:35:04.:35:14.
:35:14.:35:35.

third and fourth in the past with down at all with Happy Times. This

:35:35.:35:41.

now is crucial. It is crucial. He has had his moments in the show

:35:41.:35:47.

jumping, Happy Times. Brilliant cross-country yesterday. A nice

:35:47.:35:53.

introduction. A vertical the first fence, quite upright and then big

:35:53.:35:57.

wide oxer and then slightly downhill slope, six strides to the

:35:57.:36:04.

double. That's a temptation, running down the hill they get a

:36:04.:36:14.
:36:14.:36:31.

little bit free. Vittoria Panizzon you are up there with the leaders.

:36:31.:36:41.
:36:41.:36:41.

And challenging for a good placing. The time is tight. 86 seconds

:36:41.:36:45.

allowed, you have to keep going and travelling. With a horse that's not

:36:45.:36:48.

always the most careful, you want to take your time and get the

:36:48.:36:53.

striding absolutely spot on and help the horse. If do you that, -

:36:53.:36:58.

oh, rattle! You You suffer the time penalties, if you do that. Jumps

:36:58.:37:08.
:37:08.:37:13.

the last. It's eight to add. He drops down. 15 places. It's that

:37:13.:37:17.

give. -- it's that expensive. So, down in the ring with all the

:37:17.:37:22.

exciting action is Claire. It's interesting back stage and

:37:22.:37:26.

watching the top riders warming up. Andrew Nicholson there. William

:37:26.:37:32.

Fox-Pitt in the distance, you see the long tall back. And Pippa, what

:37:32.:37:37.

did you say to William? He is a great friend of yours and team-mate.

:37:37.:37:42.

I said to him earlier what I thought when I did it, what will be

:37:42.:37:46.

will be, what's meant to be. He has to get out there and I feel it's

:37:46.:37:49.

down to fate. He is either meant to win it or not and that's what I

:37:50.:37:56.

said. He is very calm, he is very - seems laidback. Andrew Nicholson

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likes to wind everybody up and make them feel the tension, he thrives

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on it. It's known in the eventing world that they're great rivals,

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the two of them. It will be interesting to see what will unfold.

:38:10.:38:20.
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Stefano Brecciaroli. 42.8. He did lie in second place

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behind Michael Jung after the dressage. Incidentally, I was

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mentioning with Vittoria how she's been climbing. She represents Italy,

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of course. Not only her, because Aoife Clarke, for Ireland, had one

:38:56.:39:02.

time fault and she has come up 14 places, as well. At the moment

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first and second with these six to jump. Italy now.

:39:11.:39:17.

An enormous amount of pressure on Stefano. He was so impressive

:39:17.:39:25.

yesterday. Has the horse kept enough spring left in those legs?

:39:25.:39:35.
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It Looked it over that big wide More One Show fence but one -- - he

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can't afford to have a fence down. One against will certainly put him

:39:50.:39:56.

down at least one place. Actually he stays where he is, but

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another one will drop him down four places.

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The horse is jumping really well. I was surprised he dropped on the

:40:04.:40:08.

back bar. But it's over a water ditch so he may have had a little

:40:08.:40:18.

look and hopefully that's kept the horse sharp. Getting a little wild.

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Wonder if Andrew has been at him to keep up the speed. He is not

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hanging around in there. No doubt Andrew has been warming him up,

:40:27.:40:37.
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6th place with one down. Here is a combination we are going to see a

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lot more of in the world of eventing. The Duchess of Cornwall

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one of those enjoying the final dramatic stages of this show

:40:54.:41:04.
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jumping phase for Badminton 2013. Stefano is trying everything here.

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He is jumping himself up into the air. Watch him here, gets quite

:41:09.:41:13.

high with the legs. The horse is trying. Disappointing one down but

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I should think he will be happy with this result. No doubt at all

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Italy looking a much stronger nation in the world of eventing

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after Badminton this year, than they were before.

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Here's now one for Germany that again is going to see them very

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high up the leader boards in the future, it's the young German

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Sandra Auffarth on this lovely horse, powerful horse Opgun Louvo.

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She took up eventing to hit the high spots. Just 6.5 behind team

:42:07.:42:17.
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colleague Michael Jung. One fence down would put her just ahead of

:42:18.:42:28.
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you can see him getting a little low in the outline with his head

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dropping down. But he is very, very neat in the front legs. Always

:42:38.:42:48.
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stride quite short. You can see the horse drifted a little bit left to

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give him more room so he didn't lot of trust. She knows him well.

:43:17.:43:27.
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Knows he is careful. She's allowing Just the last. 46.8 current leader.

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This could change that, and does! A very, very convincing clear round

:43:46.:43:56.
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from the young German, 24 years old, Sandra Auffarth. So, 42.5 and down

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in the arena, she takes the applause. Claire is with Stefano.

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You are going to finish 6th or better, how tkaod tkaod -- good

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does that feel? Exciting. Pressure is high. I come here with a good

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horse. I want to do the best job before, because we work hard here.

:44:25.:44:29.

You will be at the European Championships for Italy this

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summer? I hope, why not. Now we finish here. And we see what we

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finish. I hope for him now we can finish with a good result. Great

:44:44.:44:54.
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friend of Andrew Nicholson. He will safety belts. The first of the two

:44:56.:45:00.

going for the Rolex Grand Slam. Andrew will have to jump clear and

:45:00.:45:09.

the rest have to make mistakes if Andrew is going to win that

:45:09.:45:19.
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this competition and won the four star in America in Kentucky just

:45:31.:45:37.

last weekend on a young horse. Could he win two in a week?

:45:37.:45:43.

I have to say, Mike, I am feeling sick just watching these guys. The

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pressure they're under... Someone's going to be happy at the end of the

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day and then three slightly disappointed. But it's certainly

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great viewing. It's a combination that's got better and better in

:45:59.:46:04.

this phase. Dare I say it, he jumped very well to win the

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individual bronze in Kentucky at the World Equestrian Games, 2010

:46:10.:46:15.

that was and so nearly won at that individual medal in London. Andrew

:46:15.:46:20.

is doing everything he can to help this horse. He has a big range

:46:20.:46:24.

stride for show jumping and you can see him fighting Andrew, wanting to

:46:24.:46:29.

get going and lengthen. Andrew has to keep pace up but keep strides

:46:29.:46:33.

short enough that the horse stays athletic and gets newspaper the air.

:46:33.:46:38.

Turns for home. We are going for a Badminton victory for the first

:46:38.:46:43.

time. Going for the Grand Slam. Coe still be in it -- he could still be

:46:43.:46:53.
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in it and he does! It's game on! He this afternoon. He is imperious.

:47:04.:47:14.
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This is tactics! He is a great favourite. Yes, and the next one in

:47:18.:47:28.

is William Fox-Pitt. Oh, my word, there is a little competition going

:47:28.:47:36.

on here. Is that friendly rivalry or what? But that does put enormous

:47:36.:47:40.

pressure on the rest. What a competition. Andrew was confident

:47:40.:47:49.

when he was interviewed. He has put his money where his mouth is really.

:47:49.:47:54.

The crowd have settled down, and this man, normally as cool as a

:47:54.:48:00.

cucumber, but I bet the butterflies are flying around in there.

:48:00.:48:10.
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wouldn't be normal, wouldn't be human otherwise. Now the second

:48:16.:48:23.

challenge for the grand slam, and he is exactly four penalties behind the

:48:23.:48:33.
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leader with Parklane Hawk. The first two had penalties, Michael Jung had

:48:33.:48:41.

a fence down, and William would go ahead of Michael Jung simply for

:48:41.:48:50.

being ahead of the optimum time. Fingers crossed, he is on his way.

:48:50.:49:00.
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It is interesting he came in on the left rein. He was second behind

:49:10.:49:16.

Andrew Nicholson at Kentucky last weekend, can he get in front of him

:49:16.:49:26.
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here. It has gone. That is all over for William, but it is still on for

:49:44.:49:54.
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Andrew. Now, on that score of 44, going down two places at the moment.

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It is interesting, the horse gives so many of the fences so much room,

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then has the odd clonk. Jumps that, inside the time, 44, so at the

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moment he is behind both Nereo and Sandra Auffarth. This is his

:50:47.:50:57.
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reaction. It could still happen, he needs Jock

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Paget and Michael Jung to make mistakes, but you could still win

:51:02.:51:10.

the grand slam. It might not sound very sporting, but I hope Jock gets

:51:10.:51:17.

one down, simple as that. How did you feel going into that? The same

:51:17.:51:25.

sort of pressure I would normally feel coming into this. With a horse

:51:25.:51:31.

like Nereo, I have an awful lot of faith in him. He has pulled some

:51:31.:51:39.

down quite a lot of times before when I have needed it. So, the man

:51:39.:51:49.
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in second place, fellow colleague, Jock Paget. One fence down will put

:51:54.:52:03.

him behind Andrew, but it has got to be two for Michael Jung. Or a couple

:52:03.:52:12.

of time faults. Exactly, yes.This man, still young in years, but a

:52:12.:52:19.

great talent and they really have got a great partnership. Yes, just

:52:19.:52:26.

to be in the same breath as some as these experienced top riders, Jock

:52:26.:52:35.

Paget must be very happy to be there. New Zealand have taken on a

:52:35.:52:38.

world-class Spanish international showjumping rider is a great coach

:52:38.:52:44.

and he has done wonders for the Kiwis, and he will be watching. He

:52:44.:52:48.

is a really good man, and New Zealand has now got a management

:52:48.:52:58.
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second to none. He hasn't got many to go. The horse is giving him a

:53:01.:53:09.

lot, dare I say. This man or the next man can spoil the grand slam

:53:09.:53:17.

party. One left, he will be putting the pressure on Michael Jung. He has

:53:17.:53:27.
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never won here. 39.7, Jock Paget go on to 39.7, their dressage score and

:53:34.:53:42.

they become the challengers to Michael Jung. I bet it is warming up

:53:42.:53:48.

down there. It is silent down here, so quiet and far away from the noise

:53:48.:53:55.

of the arena. Michael Jung has been putting Sam through his final

:53:55.:54:04.

practice fences and he knows he could complete an unprecedented set

:54:04.:54:10.

of prizes. He is the European, world, and Olympic champion, and he

:54:10.:54:17.

could now win Badminton if he runs clear.

:54:17.:54:23.

His father is the trainer, very focused, although very much a German

:54:23.:54:28.

team man they train on their own. They know what has got to be done

:54:28.:54:32.

and they have certainly done it in their short career in the sport.

:54:32.:54:39.

Remember, he is the only man or lady to win the Olympic, the world and

:54:39.:54:45.

the European, to hold them all at the same time. There is the target,

:54:45.:54:52.

39.7, which means Michael Jung has got to jump clear, and he is a man

:54:52.:55:00.

who can certainly soak up the pressure. Every blade of grass that

:55:00.:55:10.
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he and Sam covers now they will have planned, that is the detail they go

:55:10.:55:18.

down too. A clear round, and he will become the first German to win the

:55:18.:55:24.

Mitsubishi motors Badminton title. think the claim is that Sam has

:55:24.:55:32.

never had a pole down, but anything is possible. As you say, nothing

:55:32.:55:42.
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left to chance in the preparation for this. Michael has done so much

:55:43.:55:49.

grand prix showjumping, the size of the fences are nothing to him, but

:55:49.:55:59.

it is a question of how much the cross-country took out of Sam

:55:59.:56:05.

yesterday. We are watching a man who is changing the sport, raising the

:56:05.:56:14.

bar, just in a super way. Such class. He has won all of these

:56:14.:56:20.

championships, and he is only 30 years of age. If he wins here, where

:56:20.:56:28.

does he go next? He could do dressage or showjumping, but he

:56:28.:56:36.

loves this sport. Down the final line. Just the last, hardly touched

:56:36.:56:46.
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offence. No, it has gone! The very last fence, and Chris Bartle is just

:56:48.:56:51.

alongside talking to Michael 's mother and she can hardly believe

:56:51.:56:59.

it. It is Jock Paget that is the Badminton winner for 2013 and the

:56:59.:57:03.

Olympic champion has been beaten on the very last fence that he jumps.

:57:03.:57:09.

Quite a surprise! And there is the winner. The young man from New

:57:09.:57:19.
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Zealand, Jock Paget. The New Zealanders celebrate, a

:57:20.:57:27.

delayed reaction here because the last fence took so long to fall.

:57:27.:57:33.

Everybody crowded around him and said well done, you have won

:57:33.:57:38.

Badminton. I need a little time to come to grips with it, it was

:57:38.:57:44.

something else. When you came into the competition, what were you

:57:44.:57:51.

expecting? I didn't think I would win, but I thought I could win.

:57:51.:57:56.

Michael Jung comes to offer his congratulations. Michael, such a

:57:56.:58:01.

shame for you because you were jumping to perfection and the pole

:58:01.:58:06.

took so long to fall. It was a very good round and I am happy about my

:58:06.:58:14.

horse. I was to much forward, I needed more control and I am very

:58:14.:58:19.

happy here. It was a good debut for Michael Jung, but an even better one

:58:19.:58:27.

for Jock Paget. He was barely able to say anything, he says it will

:58:27.:58:32.

take a while to sink in. As we confirm the results, Jock Paget is

:58:32.:58:42.
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the winner of the trophy. Michael Jung in second place, and in third

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Clare Balding presents coverage of the Badminton Horse Trials in Gloucestershire, where the world's top event riders will vie for the fiercely-contested Rolex Grand Slam. Anticipation is higher than ever in 2013 after the famous event was cancelled 12 months ago because heavy rain left the course flooded. A raft of Olympic team medalists have the chance to show off their cross-country skills, and the four-star course will run left handed with 'clusters of action and long gallops in between'.


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