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
almost entirely weather dependent. 12 months ago, it was a washout.
Abandoned. What a joy to be here this year with the sun shining and
the House looking magnificent, a huge crowd have been pouring in, as
ever. They will be treated to the most competitive field ever, for
two riders, though, even more is at stake than the big title. They're
in contention for the Rolex Grand Slam and which ever win that is
will take take home a cheque for �225,000. It's the ultimate big
money showdown. Me and William, we are very
competitive. We don't get along at all. I find it helps me a lot.
Andrew Nicholson is the ultimate competitor. He thrives on a bit of
needle. The William-Andrew thing is a bit of amusement. Beyond that
there is a serious competition here. William Fox-Pitt may be more polite
about the head-to-head but make no mistake, he wants to win.
Other horses, though, and riders, can't be ignored. This is Sugar
Brown Babe, one of the debutants. She will be ridden for Ireland.
There are 15 nations represented, six former winners and this isn't
the only one making a debut to watch out for.
Because here for the very first time is the man who is currently
world European and Olympic champion, Michael Jung for Germany. He will
be aiming to spoil the party for Andrew and William and he is joined
by three other riders from Germany's gold medal winning team.
The Olympic silver medallists are out in force. Zara Phillips, Tina
Cook and Nicola Wilson and Mary King.
And the bronze medal team New Zealand led by Sir Mark Todd
complete the Olympic medal collective.
She may not have made the Olympics but she will be the last rider out
on the course and Pippa Funnell has a special interest in proceedings.
I think it's going to be a really, really exciting competition. I am
really, really glad I am here just to see how it pans out, it's like
clash of the titans and with Andrew and William and Michael. Pippa
Funnell won the Grand Slam in 2003 and since then no one has managed
it. This year we have a unique situation with two riders who could.
They are two of the best in the world, they are great rivals. Let's
hear from them both. Andrew Nicholson and William Fox-Pitt.
The The Grand Slam means successive wins, in Kentucky, Burghley and
Badminton in any order. It was in Kentucky a week ago Andrew was
successful. To go out with a young horse doing the first full star,
but he was the one I was relying on. He has a lovely brain. He let's you
ride him in the dressage arena and that's what we did and things went
on from there. Of course I went to try and win
Kentucky, hopefully if I had won I would have stopped Andrew. This
Grand Slam has been a long time in the making.
This time last year we had been coming for a week and that can only
have been a good thing t stops too much time to focus on it, certainly
stops too much outside interests and other hype and excitement. But
having said that, it's sort of done a full circle now. Everyone's built
up to it. Everyone's got excited about it, which is great for the
sport. Now we have to get on with Me and William, we are very very
competitive and don't get along at all. I find it helps me a lot.
William and Andrew thing is a bit of amusement but I think beyond
that I think there's a very serious competition here.
Both of them have a wealth of talented horses from which to pick.
They bring two each to Badminton. would probably sway towards Norea,
he keeps coming up with the goods for me. A thoroughbread. Oslo is
more of a jumper, maybe towards the end he will be thinking this is a
long way. He has a big heart and will plug along. Every sport needs
a great rivalry. In these two eventing has it.
The The publicity in New Zealand, I have done radio interviews amongst
the rugby, you know that's a big step up for eventing and they've
told me today it was ahead of the rugby. There is a lot of other good
riders who could easily beat us. It's easy for the media to make it
me and William. Michael junk Michael Jung, Jonathan Paget.
There's quite a host of them. adds to the excitement, everyone is
reved up by the fact there are two riders in contention which there
never could have been before because of the cancellation
situation. Yeah, we have to go for it and see what happens. If I can
win Badminton, the Grand Slam takes care of it. With me now a man who's
won this title three times at Badminton. When you look at Andrew
and William and the intensity of their rivalry how good is that for
the sport? There is a bit of of personal history there. For the
sport it's brilliant. They're two intense riders. They're incredibly
talented, the best in the world. It has to be good for the sport
because it's drawing attention. They can have all the arguments and
an mossity between them, as far as I am concerned bring it on for the
sport. It's amazing they're as successful as they are because this
is a very broad pool of talent. Take us through some of the riders
from Australia and New Zealand. have Chris Burton, incredibly
talented and for New Zealand Jock Paget. They're the sort of Mark
Todd and William Fox-Pitt and Andrew Nicholson of the future.
They're knocking on the door here. They're going to be pretty close to
the big boys, if not even outdoing some of them. As far as the British
riders, who would you see having a chance of finishing top ten or top
five? Well, William, obviously. He has to be the hot favourite from
the British point of view. Then we have Zara and High Kingdom who did
a brilliant job in London and the horse for me having seen him warm-
up, he looks fitter and stronger, and it's great to see Pippa Funnell
back with Redesigned. He is short of match practice but no one better
than Pippa to produce a horse at this level. If you were a book-
maker you would make him your favourite, it's the German rider
making his debut here, Michael Jung. The first time I came it was 1996.
I was a young boy and it was very fantastic and it was always a dream
for me to ride in Bad -- Badminton. He comes from a horse family, his
father was competing in eventing. Michael is an example of of
somebody all-rounded, he rides Grand Prix level dressage and show
jumping. He rides top level eventing. He is as comfortable in
any of those three disciplines. He isn't just a competitor, he trains
the horses, so he has a great feeling for the horses themselves.
This is the horse that's number one, this is Sam, the envy of all the
riders, bought at an auction when only five. He is the apple of
Michael's eye. He is special because he is very good in dressage,
very good in cross-country and good in show jumping. That's special
because normally the horse has two good disciplines and one not so
good. Everybody talks about Sam and how the ideal event horse that one
could imagine. Certainly he is a fantastic horse. But he is in the
end a product of Michael and as people say, animals and horses
become like their owners and Sam is a reflection of Michael. Michael
has made him that talent. Together they have done what no one
else has ever done, they are world European and Olympic champions.
have every time pressure from yourself you will give your best
and concentrate on competition. stays very much in his own world,
focused on his own performance. I wouldn't be surprised if he doesn't
even know this is going on because he has one thing on his mind, which
is to get the best out of his horses this weekend and after that,
yeah, what happens will happen. Michael and Sam got off to a
fabulous start with a dressage score of 36. Amongst those watching
was Olympic gold medal-winning dressage rider Laura Tomlinson.
She's been discussing the performance with Lizzie Greenwood
Hughes. It's trying to steer extremely fit horses designed for
all of fast and fury of cross- country through a controlled
dressage test that's still got challenges in it and Michael Jung
did a fantastic job. He really does sit like a dressage rider in the
dressage saddle and then looks incredible out cross-country and
show jumping. He is really the great all-rounder. It's very
impressive to watch. Even for someone who comes from a pure
dressage background. Do you find yourself being super-picky? I am
usually impressed, certainly with the top guys who do very well in
all three phases. I am always pretty in awe of them. They're
brilliant at what they do and I find it impressive to see how some
of them really do sit and control the horses extremely well. So, I
think it's good. We won't keep from you the action. Thank you.
To confirm the final dressage That leader board will change
because the riders now have to face the cross-country course and some
of the fences are relikeled, the -- recycled, the timber. This was part
of the Olympic Games. It's one of 30 fences on the course. To answer
the major questions we have turned to four of our Olympic team members.
Fences six and seven. The first big question on the course this year,
have a big wide. Jumping from light into dark. Now we need to get our
control and our line accurate, about stride is where the horses
land and immediately take off again. After the bounce we have another
third part of the combination. The key to the angled log is the
accuracy of the line. The competition is not going to be won
here, but it could be lost. Fence nine. The lake. You come around the
corner, a big set of logs to jump over with a drop into the actual
lake. Once you have landed in the lake it's then a curving line of
four strides hopefully to a set of narrow brush fences. The horse has
to be very accurate here, and so does the rider, to stay on a nice
straight line. We go up the slope away from the lake then.
Fence 16, outlander bank. Three- quarters around the course now and
been galloping to this imposing bank. You have to get the horses
powerful and bouncy to jump on and straight off through this hole and
many horses don't like going through narrow spaces and will drop
their head. You have to give them a big kick and sit tight as there is
a huge drop on landing. Fence 21. HSBC marketplace. We have the
option of two gates behind me. It's important to make sure the horses
are really put back on to their hind leg and keep hands low. Then
we have six strides towards this very narrow right-handed corner. As
you can see, it's a very narrow gap to get through. Then we have a very
tight turn on four strides to a left-handed corner. When I walked
this I was wanting to make a much wider turn to close the door so the
horses were less likely to run out but the way it walks you have to
keep a tight line really encouraging them to nip that way.
We have to be focused, keep the horses between hand and leg and
make sure they go between the flags. The first horse we are going to see
is Imperial Cavalier with the ever time riding Imperial Cavalier. The
middle element is perhaps the test here. Yes, a good long gallop, but
it is fence three so it comes early in the course. A lot of experience
showing, but this is a big rail in the middle with no ground line.
Let's have a look at the next complex, the red route is the direct
route. This is quite a test. Here is Mary King, the going absolutely
perfect. 11 minutes 13 is the optimum time. They are already on
two minutes here. Mary is leaning back, keeping her horse off the
rail, the final rail at quite an angle. Here, the Olympic gold
medallist away, the first of his two rides. Leopin, in good form this
season, the holder of the Olympic and the European title - the first
time that has ever been done. Sets off on a decent dressage score so we
will get an insight into the talents of this man. He is a real
all-rounder rider. Quite a breeze, and it is a huge crowd still coming
in. No jump into the water, but it can be quite spooky the way they
have two approach the water, and two incredible angles over the hedges,
then a quick turn to the footbridge. An enormous parallel over the
ditch, then bread and butter for Mary and her horse. Now coming to
the outlander bank, the enormous bank, and then the owl hole. The
riders were really concerned about this fence. I don't think the horse
even noticed there was an owl hole! Mary doesn't seem to be setting a
fast pace at this stage in the course, nearly halfway now. Yes, but
he has a big gallop stride and Mary has an inbuilt clock in her head so
I wouldn't be too concerned about the time at the moment. Now at the
famous late, and the red route is the direct route. Two narrow
hedges, and the long route is very long. On the way out, a nice
galloping stretch of this course. The long route is more difficult
than the direct route so I don't think we will see anyone tackling
that. Here is Leopin with Michael Jung. In the lead on his second
horse, and he comes straight. was meant to be one stride, but it
does walk very short. Now, at the marketplace, fence 21. Two corners,
risky, plenty of chance to run out and this fence could be instrumental
in the competition. Mary King on Imperial Cavalier, just setting off.
It is a big right-handed corner, takes the flag out but well inside.
It is important the horse's head, neck and shoulders stay inside the
flag. Michael Jung of Germany, easily over. A huge spread of six
foot six, concentration written all over his face, as he comes to the
bank. One of the original site in Badminton in 1949, but with the owl
hole which has caused discussion but they seem to be making nothing of
it. William Fox-Pitt on his first ride, setting off. It would be good
for him to have two rides here, a challenger for the incredible prize
money. Away goes William, one of 11 riding two horses and this is the
first of the two challenges for the Rolex grandslam, the biggest pot of
gold for eventing, and it has attracted the biggest crowd we have
seen the years here. A nice easy start, and this is the horse he
hoped to ride in London, and this is the horse Mary did ride in London to
be part of the medal winning team. Mary is going to be ten or 12
seconds over. 12 seconds, 0.4 of a penalty for each of her penalties.
This is difficult, particularly if they are beginning to get a shade
wary, and here comes Michael Jung. There are some very tall trees, and
there is an interesting one. What will the grand jury do? Did he
present? Did he get 20? Let's look at it again. I would like to give
him the benefit of the doubt. I think if he kicked he could have
done it, but he was changing his mind and decided to pull the horse
off. It was an exciting course to ride, the fences came thick and
fast. It is not an over big course, but a lot of awkward questions
starting early on at the Huntsman's close. When they are being a bit
fresh like Imperial Cavalier, it was exciting riding through that. I was
up on my time halfway, perhaps eased off a bit which I shouldn't have, I
am getting slow in my old age! has another ride to come later, but
now William Fox-Pitt on this big horse, Oslo. This would have been
his chosen horse in London, but sadly not fit enough. That is a
tight turn but he accelerated to work and jumped much more to the
left. He should have given himself five strides before that one and
that will be the favourite route. Here is Michael Jung and he has been
given the 20 penalties at that staircase, but he will be inside the
time and that perhaps reflects where the time will be. Remember, 11
minutes 13 is the optimum time, but this man will be back at the end of
cross country and that is when it will be a very tense affair. Coming
to the farmyard for Williams, the big blue wagon and then offending
line of five strides to know think on with a narrow back rail.
Beautifully done. Michael Jung's first experience of this Badminton
country course. Your horse looked very strong, did that make it
difficult or could you enjoy it? fence he jumped very well, but he
was so strong and had so much fun, galloping fast, and I look at my
watch and I am very fast. Yes, and that is difficult, also at the last
steps he jumped so much forward and also in the water, yes. It was a
very nice course and the spectators always directly on the road and yes,
it was very nice. Now the four times winner, Sir Mark Todd, coming to the
lake on the first of his rides on the left-hand side. A big jump over
the middle. There was just a little bit of a correction in the middle,
which may have lost him his line. The danger of that left-hand direct
route is that it is a very straight line to the corner and they do jump
the first corner rather big, then it is a controlled four strides around
a tight turn. You can see he was on quite a sharp angle and the horse
didn't really focused on it. Then comes the second man for the
grandslam pot of gold, Andrew Nicholson on his first ride, it is
Avebury. It will have to be the second horse for him to try for the
grandslam. He definitely slowed down after the 20 penalty points and you
cannot blame him for that. He will not win on this one, and he will be
relying on Parklane Hawk. Now it is the challenger from New Zealand, the
one event he has never won. Oh, my word, a dog with him, luckily it has
come to heal. Has that finger caused William Fox-Pitt problems on his
first ride? Did you ride in the glove West Germanic yes, I did get a
glove over it. It sounds like I am making an excuse but it was more of
a hindrance today than it was yesterday and that gave me a
surprise. He jumped and hold the reins through my fingers and that
was it. You cannot really jump a corner on a long rain. Will you go
out with confidence? I think so but I ride him with two reins so I don't
know what I will do. Fingers crossed I don't make the same mistake again.
This horse has been cheeky in the past in his youth, but he looks very
professional and very established, and finding it easy. Now it is the
Australian Sam Griffiths, lives down in Dorset. Very much out of luck in
London with a fall on the flat but he will be determined to put that
kind him. The way he goes to the lake. Mark Todd coming to the end,
will he make it? He has to keep going, heading for the last but he
will be over the time I reckon. He is kicking, and one second over.
Pretty good from Mark Todd. Just 0.4 of a penalty to add to him. What
about Sam Griffiths coming to the bank, the famous Irish bank that
came to Badminton back in 1949. That is how they have been jumping it, it
with the time. And he is going to set the pattern for the day.
It's going to get faster and faster, I suspect. A lovely piece of
judgment from a man who is absolutely the master judge of pace
and Avebury comes home, ears pricked. Stays on his score and
heads the leader board in the early Griffiths. Happy Times. It's about
a minute 13 seconds from home on this undulating terrain. Tests out
a tired horse. Happy Times is not realised it had 20 foot of rope
behind it. He is a cool thing and better when things are agitating
him a little bit. We had another dog later in the course, as well,
which just helps them. Some horses it puts them off. He probably
thinks I have a new tactic. Exactly, keep his mind on the job! You made
the time look easy there. You must be looking forward to later. It's
lovely to ride around here, the ground is perfect. Everyone knows
you have perfect ground conditions, good weather conditions and horses
skill along happily and love it. It's a credit to everyone who does
coming to the final fences on the course. Over the Rolex crossing. 21
seconds to get home. He is going to be quite pushed. Need a good 20
seconds, if not a few more, to get home from there? He probably does
need more time but he will be happy. Because this horse has had problems
in the past. It was an exciting young horse and then it had a few
hiccups and he's really come back with a vengeance here at Badminton.
He is on the time now. He is a couple of seconds over. But I don't
think that will be worrying him. 44.9 penalties. Four seconds over.
as Christopher Burton comes on course with Holstein Park Leilani.
This man has impressed us with his style and ability. Wasn't the
smoothest I had hoped for. A couple of strides weren't perfect but he
is an an experienced horse and sometimes cross-country riding is
about doing what you have to do and that's what it felt like today.
He's an experienced campaigner and he did a great job. He was a star.
The lake looked interesting. Yeah, I just missed my stride into that!
He bailed me out of trouble. Sometimes you have to do what you
have to do and grit your teeth and get on with it. Luckily, he is a
competitor like that himself. He really helped me out there.
Another great combination for Great Britain, Nicola Wilson and
Opposition Buzz. Now they're on their own trying to
win the title. They've gone well through Huntsman ap close and
Opposition Buzz looking in very good form.
Christopher Burton, favours the left side. Christopher never moves.
Regains the balance and makes the corners look like child's play.
What's great about this partnership it looks effortless. Now the new
star on the block for Ireland, Aoife Clarke in the Olympic team
for Ireland. This is a good start Burton. That time looks as though
it's going to elude him. He has had a brilliant ride around her. Very
impressive. Another one to be a few seconds over the time. He goes into
third position at the moment on leader board. We see Opposition
Buzz, now 16 years old. Good dressage, 48.2 you can see.
ever. He has been saufp great horse. -- such a great horse. Aoife Clarke,
he loses the back leg! He was clever and quick thinking with his
feet. Didn't get the perfect spot on there but recovered brilliantly.
A good sight for Great Britain, she's now turning to the last. I
don't think she's going to make it. We have had one or two who have
been a few seconds over, just misjudging. Is Nicola Wilson going
horses while he was in Kentucky. Let's see if the advice to inject
lady who has caught the eye of the world's eventing public. She's gone
very well here. First Badminton three years ago and got better and
better. Away goes Stefano Brecciaroli.
Never gone quick enough. Andrew really was getting him wound up and
he set off at tremendous pace and got the eye in Kentucky and then
didn't go fast enough. But this lady has. Ireland at the moment
very much on the up under their new trainer Nick Turner. This is good
news for him. She is inside the time or is haoe? She's done exactly
the same as Nicola Wilson. Two That's what happened to Nicola.
Ends up with one time fault. She's the leading British rider. The
leader board is dominated by Australia and New Zealand.
Sam Griffiths in front on Happy horse bought out of Belgium.
They've been a combination now for four years and they certainly have
strengthened the Australian sport - - the Italian sport the last few
years. I have to say he's gone out much faster. Andrew has definitely
had an effect on him. He looks fast and furious. The horse is jumping
so well. Incredibly sharp. Gets away from that truck fence so
quickly. Sandra Auffarth an Olympic
medallist from London. Won team gold, individual bronze and
certainly looks a combination that could feature here. They've set out
be up on the time. He looks faster than anyone we have seen so far.
Looks to have a good long stride covering the ground and Stefano
looking very confident. The approach quick and that's where
often you can lose time in the approach to each of these. 45
rail in. An incredible drop on the landing. So quick! That's a long
three strides and another long three strides and he almost point-
to-point speeds over that fence. Sandra Auffarth. Picks up pace and
rhythm. Well ridden. Did a lot of show jumping before she came into
the sport but slotted in well indeed. Germany now hraog to be
changing the -- look to be changing the powerbase of the sport. They're
flying away from the lake. Just gold medal-winning team in London.
Very experienced combination. She's not hanging around either as she
comes out of the quarry. They're waiting at the start, former World
and European champion, Zara fill independents -- Phillips on High
Kingdom. They'll be next on the course.
Getting Getting towards the end of the course, Sandra. Over the big
table. Comes to the marketplace. Looks as though she's heading for
the gate on the left. Just leaning a little bit on the bridle. Does
tend to get low in front at times, very sharp in front. Another one to
take the flag out but no doubt she family. This horse not great in the
show jumping - picks up one early! Ingrid sits there well. She is one
of the stars of equestrian sport in Germany.
Stefano across that combination at This is a different picture than we
have seen from this combination before. The Italian sport is
beginning to develop a world-class team.
This combination will be part of it. Each second that ticks by, 0.4 of a
penalty to add. Will he go in front?
Will he just drop back a place? Just gets home in time. He adds six
penalties to his overnight score. Away goes Zara and High Kingdom. A
lot of expectations on Zara and this horse. Brilliant performance
in London. The horse just looks as though he is getting stronger and
more developed every time I see him. She's certainly up for a good ride.
Gentle introduction over the first gallop. Picture of concentration as
Sandra Auffarth now at the big keeper's brush. Huge fence in front.
They make it look like a pony club Alzheimer's, the charity this year
at Badminton. Here are a combination that are going to be
stars of the sport in the years to come, I am sure. 17 seconds to get
home. This will be another inside the
top of the leader board. There's one phase still to come,
just to miss out. She's going to add to 1.2 time
penalties but does creep away of Stefano and now Germany back to the
to the outlander bank. He gallops along and can jump out at any speed.
attacking and the time should be easy for this combination. He is
very fast. He's got to be careful, as well, at this rail.
seconds over the time. Did it jump well? He jumped amazing. It was a
great feeling. It felt really easy with the horse, such a good horse.
Really fun and and it the crowd and everything, perfect. You have done
well at the Olympics and World Championships, where does Badminton
rank in things you want to achieve? It was totally different goal for
me and it was really cool to ride here and I think it was a big thing
sport wants to come to Badminton once in their life and they've all
come this year to make it a dramatic competition. Here is a
lady who has never won here. Now with this nice horse, High kingdom.
A bit quick! And hits it on the angle. She had to sit tight there
but has got such a good temperament these days. Zara away to the lake.
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effortless, as received through the village. Now it is highly kingdom,
Zara Phillips at the lake. Was he focused on it? I don't think he was
looking at it, and she has retired. The crowd are giving her a very
appreciative applause. He looks quite keen, certainly growing into
himself with strength. Zara is focused, she has the contact, but he
never really looks at it, doesn't even look like he is intending to
jump it. She so wants to win a Badminton title. It is Ingrid Klimke
at the last, and she joins the party at the top of the leaderboard. It is
getting a bigger and bigger party, Germany looking so strong. Another
German, Dirk Schrade. Lovely, effortless. Such a neat little
horse, I wanted to do one stride into the water but he decided easy
in and out and he is very clever. He is nearly 15 so it is a big pleasure
to enjoy these rides. One day I come here and I want to win for sure but
this year I will be happy if I am top ten, it is true. She was second
in 2002. Now we are watching another talent, Dirk Schrade. He really has
got the cross-country world class. They have always been brilliant at
the dressage, now they look spectacular at the cross country as
well. Was that the commentators curse? I don't know. He looks like
he was going for a long stride and the horse didn't quite know what he
was asking for. He switches off his watch, and he is cantering into the
water to get his feet wet, to make sure the horse knows what he was
asking him to do and to make sure he has the confidence to do it in the
future. You can see he was pushing for the long stride, and was a
little bit too far off it. The horse didn't quite think he would take
it. By the time he took another one, crash, and they are out. Tiana
Coudray, and they have started off very well in their first attempt.
Zara Phillips with me now and it wasn't to be today. No, I didn't
want to ruin the grand slam. Really annoying because he was good on the
dressage, and he was jumping too well. Like he was coming back to the
combinations and in Huntsman's close he almost jumped it too well and
rubbed the knee on the left, then on the final jump he put his head up
and ran past. These days there is no point in carrying on because you can
always reroute. I decided to save him for another day and try to have
time in London but we have seen a lot of them in America, a very
special young horse. A bandage has come loose and that could be very
dangerous. It looks stretchy so hopefully he will just rip it off.
Mary King with Kings Temptress, a lovely mare, homebred. This is a
very big log in the middle, but it has jumped well, and Mary King looks
more positive on this second ride, compared to what she started out on
weight Imperial Cavalier. Tiana Coudray, looking more polished than
she did in London. I just have a feeling the Olympic Games came a
little early, just 24 years old, and a combination that looks like one
for the future for the Americans. They did well in Kentucky last week.
A very classy jumper. And a big jump, looking very impressive I have
to say. This could be one to come up the leaderboard. What can Mary King
do? She first competed here in 1985, and with the great Sheila Wilcox
before she started, and she has been competitive ever since. And she has
a daughter, Emily, who will keep the family line. This mare was a winner
in Kentucky in 2011. She is looking confident. Yes, much more positive
locking, and another one looking positive is Tiana Coudray. An
enormous ditch in front of that hedge, but the horses just pop over
it. There are seven jumping efforts in the last minute on this course so
there is a lot of jumping at the end and it is important the horses keep
some petrol in the tank. This horse is still full of running. I don't
think she will get there, but she will not be much over it. The new
manager is here and certainly inspiring the Americans to greater
things, and they need it, as they turn into the last. 45.3 and this
American is in with her best. Now it is the second ride for Sam
Griffiths, now with this young horse at the hollow. This is one for the
future, only ten years old. Look at that crowd. This is the best spot on
the cross-country course, right next to the lake.
I am standing next to Corel, how long have you been coming to
Badminton? Nine years, I enjoy the horses. It is really thrilling. What
do you like about coming here? Absolutely everything, watching a
mixture of cross-country and a bit of the dressage and everything.
long have you been coming? It is my first year but he has been coming
for the last nine years or so. you support particular riders?
Always on the British team. We are supportive for whoever wins it.
Everyone is very friendly because you end up sitting next to people
you have never met before. They are enjoying themselves and we are going
to take you back out onto the course now. It is all part of the Olympic
legacy, more and more interest in the equestrian sport. Here is Mary
King, she so desperately wanted the gold at the Olympics but it didn't
happen. Here she is with Kings Temptress. Yes, I homebred mare,
which makes it so much more special when you breed them right from the
word go. That is debatable. To the side of that flag. My first instinct
is possibly to the wrong side. That will be reviewed by the grand jury.
I would have to say the horse was the wrong side of that flight and it
is an interesting one. Mary has no choice but to keep going unless
somebody calls her back. She will have to put that out of her mind as
she continues. Which way will they go? Here is some Griffiths's second
ride, and a good performance for a quite inexperienced horse at this
level. Sam Griffiths has had a good day. A very popular competitor based
here in Britain. Now, Mary King is being stopped. The jury have
adjudicated that Mary went the wrong side of the flag with Kings
Temptress, and here we can see it again. Yes, the horse's head, neck
and shoulders definitely the wrong side of the flag. There was no real
doubt. This is Jock Paget, the outstanding young jockey from New
Zealand. He has risen to the top of the world rankings. Now Tina Cook
and Miners Frolic, has to be the most glamorous horse I was going to
say! Leaves his back legs on it, but it hasn't affected the flow. You can
see a little sliding over the fence. You can see her driving the horse to
the fence and he jumps the first part beautifully and then just picks
up. This is the combination that everybody has to beat - Michael
Jung, the leader after the dressage. Could they win Badminton
at their very first attempt? We are with Jock Paget, a man now based
with Mark Todd and has a team of horses but only came to the sport
when he was 18 and has very quickly risen to the top. He was an
apprentice bricklayer in Australia for some time, but now he is at the
top of the world rankings. Incidentally, we are getting rumours
of a crowd of 150,000, and that is a record. They have come to watch this
man. Olympic, world, European champion, never been done before on
the horse that he has won all of those titles on, and this is the one
man who could spoil the party for that Rolex grand slam for either
William Fox-Pitt and Andrew Nicholson. Michael Jung on course.
Just watch him. You will see the reason why.
Classic start for the Germans. hassle to him.
Michael Jung at the huntsman close, it's caused a little bit of trouble.
That angled log has had two or three that's tumbled.
Very good judge of pace. This man is technically absolutely brilliant.
Tina flying into the arena. She's got to keep going. You can't just
spend too much time sitting up for Absolutely spot on. How accurate
can you get? Badminton hasn't always been Tina's lucky venue but
She's not going to feature in the top ten quite, maybe just. But this
man certainly could. New Zealand's Jock Paget. And
Clifton Promise. We saw him on the approach, an enormous jump through
that. Just on the approach having a check of his watch. Making sure he
is up on time. That was a brilliant jump there. Almost the bigger the
jump, the more impressive the jump the more the horses are punished
because they land at the bottom of that steep bank. It hasn't upset
the lake. Michael Jung and Sam. He's struggling! How did he get
that line back? Amazing! He can just do no wrong at the
moment, this guy. This was very, very quick reaction from the horse
and the rider. You can see the left leg is left behind. The hind legs
go newspaper the air. Phaoeugle is leaning back, trying to get control
and grabs the reins. Sam isn't even looking and oh, there it is, you
want me to jump that? How pwhreul kwrapbt -- brilliant. That's a
classic piece of saving riding, correcting riding, whatever you
want to call it. Riding by the seat of the pants! Good old-fashioned
stuff. Now The Staircase for Clifton Promise. Another sequence
of fences that's caused disappointments for some. What a
quick reaction over that second step.
Absolutely cat-like. This combination are working as a great
team. That's Clifton Promise. This first element. Quick thinking and
Michael's position never changes. It keeps the horse in balance.
I say, it's a little chancy. This man is so cool. And indeed so is
this man, jock Paget. -- Jock. It's another young Mark Todd in the
making, surely. He could go into the lead. Jung is out on the course,
he's being as quick as he can and as soon as it's over - over the
Rolex fence and he accelerates away. It's going to be close.
This is another one inside the time, who's misjudged it? One second
inside. And he is the new leader. There is a real battle between
Germany and New Zealand at the moment. Remember, I would think
Jock will be off quickly to be watching Michael Jung.
hiccup at the lake. Not the best at the pond. But still looks very
impressive. He is so correct in his technique, this horse. It's no
wonder he is good at all three of problems today, the odd hiccup.
He could be in the arena at home, the way he is jumping those. I have
been with the horse a long time now and know him quite well and he
knows me. Always starts off a little bit nervous and then settles
in and gets quite brave and almost too brave to the end but gives you
a fantastic feeling. Show jumps his way around, he is beautiful.
Terrifically strong New Zealand challenge here. How much does it
mean to you to be not just part of it but at the head of it? Well, I
would really like to win this event, that's why I came and I have been
preparing all year. It's great to have all the kiwis around us, as
well. If I don't win I would like a kiwi to come first. They're
certainly trying. Here is a man who would like to stop them. The
prolific William Fox-Pitt on the ride that matters, can he put
himself in with a chance of winning the �65,000 first prize? And put
himself in for the pot of gold for the Rolex Grand Slam? But we are
back with Jung. He can spoil the party for Fox-Pitt and Nicholson.
What was so good about that table because he never altered the rhythm.
The stride pattern stayed the same and the horse gave a brilliant jump.
He looks as though he is going to the right gate. But he is not
taking the long route. He's cut across that 90 degree corner and
got the four strides. We have only seen about two horses do that the
whole day. I have to say for me it would be the favoured route. Fox-
away stylishly and well. Michael Jung and Sam. He's decided to take
the alternative. How sensible is that? Is he quick enough? Is he
going to do the time and get away with that long route? It's got rid
of the risk. He's actually kept a good pace up and probably got ahead
of the clock. Now the tricky sequence of fences
wonderful athleticism there of the thoroughbreds.
Look at the stride on this horse. That's the end of the course, at
by going the long route at the staircase.
It is worth saying that the man is always in that balance, that the
worse is comfortable and able to use its wonderful athletic skills
to the full advantage, both by galloping along and by jumping and
they take no more out of themselves, either horse or rider, wherever
they're going. It is the sure way to save energy, keep them in a good
rhythm. He never alters rhythm. He is galloping easily and jumping
brilliantly. He has had hiccups on the course, but it's looked so
smooth and easy. The majority of it. Look at the time, one of the
We are privileged to be watching one of the best combinations we
have seen in this sport for years and years. And could be ever. He's
cruised around. He's maintained his position on 36. He was the
overnight leader and he will stay there. Of course, there's one phase
left, the show jumping. Can this man close within a fence and still
keep that challenge up, both for his second title and also for that
Grand Slam? William, who won in 2004, but this could be a much more
valuable win for William, if he can do it. We were talking about rhythm
and there's no one better at keeping a rhythm and what's
incredible about William and his horse is he never looks as though
he is in a hurry and he's always there or thereabouts on the time.
He made that look like child's play. Looks as though he has all the time
pressure on you, you were the leader. Hairy moment at the lake,
and all that steering! Yeah, I think that's cross-country, not
everything is perfect. But my horse do a really well job. After the
mistake he was directly concentrating and listen to me,
what we do now and perfect. He was so fresh in the end I do a little
bit and he go forward, amazing horse.
Is the balance of power in the sport changing? Michael Jung
certainly did make his attempt to do so as William comes to the pond.
Not perhaps the neatest, but safe and that's what matters. Looks to
has two reins on this horse. How is it affecting him? So far it's not
been an issue. The problem must be when he jumps that down, he has to
slip the reins through and gather them up again. If that finger the
the isn't working properly it will have an effect. Like all great
competitors, he can put the pain out of the head and get on with the
William held him off that fence. He got a little close. The finger is
working. Certainly it. The clock is looking reasonable. Mark Todd and
his second ride, Ravenstar. New for him.
He's got a great catch ride record here. Didn't feature too well in
the dressage. How lucky New Zealand are to have
two supreme horsemen as Todd and Nicholson, still at their very best
and helping the younger generation, as well. The table towards the end
of the track for William. A huge jump there. You can see the quality
of this horse when he is galloping. He opens up. Looking at the clock
there, I would say he is in pretty he is taking the long route. He is
obviously concerned having had that whoopsy earlier on. He is up on the
clock. He has to keep galloping to make sure he makes it. That's
probably a sensible move for William.
Coming down through the dip to the steps.
The great thing here is to be able to control what power you have, if
you are tired you have to hold it together and push. If you have got
too much holding, because the distance between the two steps and
he jumps a long way out is tight, but beautifully - again looks to be
Four-times winner and the reigning champion, won that in 2011. We go
back to William and Parklane Hawk at the village. Getting a little
strong there and William is having to keep hold of him. He needs those
two reins. And the fingers, too! Waiting in the wings, the other man
who wants that Rolex grand slam and the 350,000 American dollars. When
Philip won it, it was 250,000 American dollars. This New Zealand
Thoroughbred ex-racehorse looks superb and he is wasting no time at
all. He will not be waving at the public and not getting the time.
What we have seen in Badminton 2013, dare I suggest, it is more
thoroughbreds taking part at the top level of the sport. I am all in
favour of that. You cannot beat a good Thoroughbred. When the sport
changed and we got rid of the steeplechase, there was talk about
different types of horses. Look at the time, absolutely brilliant, into
third place, knocking on the door and putting pressure on Michael
Jung. He is closer to the optimum time, so is Michael Jung takes
offence down and William jumps clear, Michael will be ahead. This
is a man more focused than ever, always wanting to improve, and
riding better than ever. He was unlucky in the Olympic Games to
finish in fourth place just out of the medals individually, one team
bronze and they were thrilled with that, but this man is now riding
that. That really lifted spirits and my finger didn't get in the way too
much because he is very strong. I was very aware Michael Jung would
canter around with his eyes closed as he always does, so I thought I
need to cut this is fine as I can do. You have got to be inside
because I know that Andrew Nicholson is 0.2 behind me so there is no
leeway. What a fantastic climax for everyone watching, not so great for
us! The man is absolutely right. After the dressage, 0.2 of the
penalty behind, and that is just nothing. Nereo, the horse that he
won with in the world are -- equestrian event. Here is Mark
toured -- Mark Todd with Ravenstar. He is as enthusiastic as ever, based
near Swindon. Andrew Nicholson comes through Huntsman's close. A big
jump, and he captures that knee. We have seen a couple on the floor by
capturing that left-hand knee, but Andrew never moves. This is the
best-known three-day event in the world, and it is providing a classic
as Mark Todd finishes. A huge crowd here for the final stages and it
creates such a good atmosphere. This is the famous Badminton house, the
backdrop for all of those years to do that, and how spectacular was
it? And saving time. Such a strong position in the saddle, gives the
horse so much confidence and that is what it is all about. Here is the
lady who has won the Rolex grand slam, that was back in 2003. Pippa
Funnell, with Redesigned, and comes here with a lack of match practice.
He does, but you couldn't have a more experienced rider on top to
help him. Laura Collett, going on the right, about to take the longer
route. She has had a good ride round with him, and playing it safe.
Funnell, without doubt one of the ladies of the sport, European
champion twice, first in 1999. On this very big, capable chestnut
horse. If she can go clear inside the time, and that is what she means
to do if she can, she will be taking on these folk. Andrew Nicholson on
Nereo. Andrew Nicholson with his now famous goggles, very distinctive and
totally focused. A little tap on the shoulder just to open up for the
fence. If they jump right-handed there is a risk of landing in the
ditch and it is very smelly, isn't it? I do remember! Michael Young's
home, 36, cannot be beaten. William Fox-Pitt home on the fence with a
better optimum time than Michael Jung. Andrew goes clear, he will be
in fourth place, and he is flying easily. He takes the tightest line,
turning into that beam he was almost underneath the tree. He shaves every
second of the course he can. And the dog, if you remember. He would take
that home with him and not even notice! This is certainly one of the
future stars, Laura Collett. Pippa Funnell with Redesigned, and he is
in great form. He did a brilliant dressage test, looking great at the
lake. Owned by Roger and Denise Lincoln, who owned one of her other
great rides. The owners are so important, as Nereo comes to the
marketplace. He got the line no problem at all, and there is no one
who knows how important the owners are to them in this sport than the
owner of this Spanish bred horse. This is certainly one of the best.
Now, the steps. Just a slight little peck, but perfect really. Pippa
Funnell, as good as anyone through since 1980, came here to groom for
Mark Todd and then became a big star in his own right. Now only 500
metres from home and looking good on the clock. Looking very impressive
on the clock, and no one has better judgement on time and speed across
country than Andrew, but we have been witnessing some incredible
riding today at Badminton. The absolute top of the game, and the
riders have not disappointed us in any way. One has to say, as Andrew
comes towards home, the course designer has done a very good job.
Lots of little mistakes all around this course, it is for a world-class
field, not easy to do. Many thought it was perhaps not the biggest
Badminton they have ever seen but it still provided the competition and
that is what matters. Beautifully home, seven seconds. Stays on his
dressage to go in fourth place, four of them with 40.2 covering the top
four. There could be drama tomorrow with the showjumping. Pippa
Funnell... Oh, no! He wasn't looking. Is that a result of the
lack of match practice? Needing the outing? He jumped the steps as well
as anyone, his head is a little high and he is not really focused on it.
A little bit like Zara at the lake. He is superb to ride, he pulled very
hard in the first few minutes which he doesn't do normally but I think
he got quite wound up with the crowd, quite rightly, and making a
racket didn't help. It just made me hold and pulse a bit more. What
realistically do you think now? day left, what was I after the
dressage? In fifth place? Confidence, I have to be, don't I? I
moved up last season, and some of the riders who were in front of me
are behind me today. We will see what happens. Many people in the
crowd would have loved to have seen this lady in the mix but it is not
to be. Will this combination be part of the European Championships? At
the moment only one British competitor in the top ten and you
have to wonder how the balance is changing, as Pippa comes to the
last. I don't think she will quite get home but that is not surprising
after that problem with the steps. Disappointment for her, but we have
a very international leaderboard. Michael Jung, head -- in the lead.
Pippa Funnell, here alongside me, and just not your competition this
year. No, but it was quite a task getting the horse here. He has not
had many runs in the last two years and when it is not going your way,
it is not going your way. competition is very tight at the
top. It was always going to be Clash of the Titans, and what better way.
We all came here expecting it to be between Michael Jung, William
Fox-Pitt and Andrew Nicholson, but we mustn't forget Jock Paget.
think William Fox-Pitt and Andrew Nicholson are too far off the pace?
I think they could still do it. Either of them, if they could do it,
they are two of the top horse men in the world and I think it does come
down to Michael Jung. They will be going in with a little less pressure
because they have got to put the pressure on Michael. If he does win,
he will be the first German to win here at Badminton and he may be
looking back at this moment at the lake as the time when it went
horribly wrong or what won him the gives him freedom. He never
pwupblgs. -- budges. It's when things go wrong how quick you react
and he reacted really quickly. Andrew Nicholson putting pressure
on, you heard his interview and he says even though he has three
riders between him and the lead position he says I am feeling
confident. He has two horses in the top ten and Aveb rurbgs Aveburies
had already jumped. Both bits of that parallel went and slow on time.
The time you have to keep plugging on, you have to keep quite tight
around the corners and you have to remember that so much - we have
seen a few get silly little time faults. You have to keep moving,
which is which is easier said than done when you have so much pressure
heaped on you. They're saying this is one of the toughest courses ever
built at Badminton and makes it hard for horses that have been
cross-country yesterday and those that have gone quick on fast ground.
part of a second over the time of 86 seconds and you pick up another
penalty point. That could end up being absolutely crucial. It always,
and you found it this morning, it's difficult, and we are seeing Ingrid
now, one of three Germans in the top ten, it's difficult to jump
clear in the third phase of a three-day event. I think, depends
what you are sat on, but also the ground yesterday encouraged horses
to run quick so some are feeling tired. Then there are always - the
last day depends how they come out and we have seen horses jump super
rounds. My horse definitely is lacking match practice and he was
body weary. I think the top guys will still be doing pretty good job.
Ingrid was so bubbly yesterday after her cross-country round.
Already one down here. Let's join Ian and Mike.
Yes, one down. This is not her strong phase.
On 49, already dropped down two Show jumping is so important these
days, Ian. It certainly is. It's a question of which fence - that's
the first fence Ingrid has jumped that the horse hasn't rattled. Only
one down. Three jumps to go. It has been expensive in the past
Didn't jump in the final individual in London because she had
disappointment in the past. Again she's been second here before but
it's two down, eight to hand and eight - eight to add and finished
on 53. Rattled a bit the double and coming to the last, should have
jumped it, but drifted left and kicked it out. Actually, for him
two down is not a bad round. Capacity audience. Absolutely
gripped by this final session. That wonderful trophy and now the turn
of Sam Griffiths for Australia. One Australian in the top ten. Been
third and fourth in the past with down at all with Happy Times. This
now is crucial. It is crucial. He has had his moments in the show
jumping, Happy Times. Brilliant cross-country yesterday. A nice
introduction. A vertical the first fence, quite upright and then big
wide oxer and then slightly downhill slope, six strides to the
double. That's a temptation, running down the hill they get a
little bit free. Vittoria Panizzon you are up there with the leaders.
And challenging for a good placing. The time is tight. 86 seconds
allowed, you have to keep going and travelling. With a horse that's not
always the most careful, you want to take your time and get the
striding absolutely spot on and help the horse. If do you that, -
oh, rattle! You You suffer the time penalties, if you do that. Jumps
the last. It's eight to add. He drops down. 15 places. It's that
give. -- it's that expensive. So, down in the ring with all the
exciting action is Claire. It's interesting back stage and
watching the top riders warming up. Andrew Nicholson there. William
Fox-Pitt in the distance, you see the long tall back. And Pippa, what
did you say to William? He is a great friend of yours and team-mate.
I said to him earlier what I thought when I did it, what will be
will be, what's meant to be. He has to get out there and I feel it's
down to fate. He is either meant to win it or not and that's what I
said. He is very calm, he is very - seems laidback. Andrew Nicholson
likes to wind everybody up and make them feel the tension, he thrives
on it. It's known in the eventing world that they're great rivals,
the two of them. It will be interesting to see what will unfold.
Stefano Brecciaroli. 42.8. He did lie in second place
behind Michael Jung after the dressage. Incidentally, I was
mentioning with Vittoria how she's been climbing. She represents Italy,
of course. Not only her, because Aoife Clarke, for Ireland, had one
time fault and she has come up 14 places, as well. At the moment
first and second with these six to jump. Italy now.
An enormous amount of pressure on Stefano. He was so impressive
yesterday. Has the horse kept enough spring left in those legs?
It Looked it over that big wide More One Show fence but one -- - he
can't afford to have a fence down. One against will certainly put him
down at least one place. Actually he stays where he is, but
another one will drop him down four places.
The horse is jumping really well. I was surprised he dropped on the
back bar. But it's over a water ditch so he may have had a little
look and hopefully that's kept the horse sharp. Getting a little wild.
Wonder if Andrew has been at him to keep up the speed. He is not
hanging around in there. No doubt Andrew has been warming him up,
6th place with one down. Here is a combination we are going to see a
lot more of in the world of eventing. The Duchess of Cornwall
one of those enjoying the final dramatic stages of this show
jumping phase for Badminton 2013. Stefano is trying everything here.
He is jumping himself up into the air. Watch him here, gets quite
high with the legs. The horse is trying. Disappointing one down but
I should think he will be happy with this result. No doubt at all
Italy looking a much stronger nation in the world of eventing
after Badminton this year, than they were before.
Here's now one for Germany that again is going to see them very
high up the leader boards in the future, it's the young German
Sandra Auffarth on this lovely horse, powerful horse Opgun Louvo.
She took up eventing to hit the high spots. Just 6.5 behind team
colleague Michael Jung. One fence down would put her just ahead of
you can see him getting a little low in the outline with his head
dropping down. But he is very, very neat in the front legs. Always
stride quite short. You can see the horse drifted a little bit left to
give him more room so he didn't lot of trust. She knows him well.
Knows he is careful. She's allowing Just the last. 46.8 current leader.
This could change that, and does! A very, very convincing clear round
from the young German, 24 years old, Sandra Auffarth. So, 42.5 and down
in the arena, she takes the applause. Claire is with Stefano.
You are going to finish 6th or better, how tkaod tkaod -- good
does that feel? Exciting. Pressure is high. I come here with a good
horse. I want to do the best job before, because we work hard here.
You will be at the European Championships for Italy this
summer? I hope, why not. Now we finish here. And we see what we
finish. I hope for him now we can finish with a good result. Great
friend of Andrew Nicholson. He will safety belts. The first of the two
going for the Rolex Grand Slam. Andrew will have to jump clear and
the rest have to make mistakes if Andrew is going to win that
this competition and won the four star in America in Kentucky just
last weekend on a young horse. Could he win two in a week?
I have to say, Mike, I am feeling sick just watching these guys. The
pressure they're under... Someone's going to be happy at the end of the
day and then three slightly disappointed. But it's certainly
great viewing. It's a combination that's got better and better in
this phase. Dare I say it, he jumped very well to win the
individual bronze in Kentucky at the World Equestrian Games, 2010
that was and so nearly won at that individual medal in London. Andrew
is doing everything he can to help this horse. He has a big range
stride for show jumping and you can see him fighting Andrew, wanting to
get going and lengthen. Andrew has to keep pace up but keep strides
short enough that the horse stays athletic and gets newspaper the air.
Turns for home. We are going for a Badminton victory for the first
time. Going for the Grand Slam. Coe still be in it -- he could still be
in it and he does! It's game on! He this afternoon. He is imperious.
This is tactics! He is a great favourite. Yes, and the next one in
is William Fox-Pitt. Oh, my word, there is a little competition going
on here. Is that friendly rivalry or what? But that does put enormous
pressure on the rest. What a competition. Andrew was confident
when he was interviewed. He has put his money where his mouth is really.
The crowd have settled down, and this man, normally as cool as a
cucumber, but I bet the butterflies are flying around in there.
wouldn't be normal, wouldn't be human otherwise. Now the second
challenge for the grand slam, and he is exactly four penalties behind the
leader with Parklane Hawk. The first two had penalties, Michael Jung had
a fence down, and William would go ahead of Michael Jung simply for
being ahead of the optimum time. Fingers crossed, he is on his way.
It is interesting he came in on the left rein. He was second behind
Andrew Nicholson at Kentucky last weekend, can he get in front of him
here. It has gone. That is all over for William, but it is still on for
Andrew. Now, on that score of 44, going down two places at the moment.
It is interesting, the horse gives so many of the fences so much room,
then has the odd clonk. Jumps that, inside the time, 44, so at the
moment he is behind both Nereo and Sandra Auffarth. This is his
reaction. It could still happen, he needs Jock
Paget and Michael Jung to make mistakes, but you could still win
the grand slam. It might not sound very sporting, but I hope Jock gets
one down, simple as that. How did you feel going into that? The same
sort of pressure I would normally feel coming into this. With a horse
like Nereo, I have an awful lot of faith in him. He has pulled some
down quite a lot of times before when I have needed it. So, the man
in second place, fellow colleague, Jock Paget. One fence down will put
him behind Andrew, but it has got to be two for Michael Jung. Or a couple
of time faults. Exactly, yes.This man, still young in years, but a
great talent and they really have got a great partnership. Yes, just
to be in the same breath as some as these experienced top riders, Jock
Paget must be very happy to be there. New Zealand have taken on a
world-class Spanish international showjumping rider is a great coach
and he has done wonders for the Kiwis, and he will be watching. He
is a really good man, and New Zealand has now got a management
second to none. He hasn't got many to go. The horse is giving him a
lot, dare I say. This man or the next man can spoil the grand slam
party. One left, he will be putting the pressure on Michael Jung. He has
never won here. 39.7, Jock Paget go on to 39.7, their dressage score and
they become the challengers to Michael Jung. I bet it is warming up
down there. It is silent down here, so quiet and far away from the noise
of the arena. Michael Jung has been putting Sam through his final
practice fences and he knows he could complete an unprecedented set
of prizes. He is the European, world, and Olympic champion, and he
could now win Badminton if he runs clear.
His father is the trainer, very focused, although very much a German
team man they train on their own. They know what has got to be done
and they have certainly done it in their short career in the sport.
Remember, he is the only man or lady to win the Olympic, the world and
the European, to hold them all at the same time. There is the target,
39.7, which means Michael Jung has got to jump clear, and he is a man
who can certainly soak up the pressure. Every blade of grass that
he and Sam covers now they will have planned, that is the detail they go
down too. A clear round, and he will become the first German to win the
Mitsubishi motors Badminton title. think the claim is that Sam has
never had a pole down, but anything is possible. As you say, nothing
left to chance in the preparation for this. Michael has done so much
grand prix showjumping, the size of the fences are nothing to him, but
it is a question of how much the cross-country took out of Sam
yesterday. We are watching a man who is changing the sport, raising the
bar, just in a super way. Such class. He has won all of these
championships, and he is only 30 years of age. If he wins here, where
does he go next? He could do dressage or showjumping, but he
loves this sport. Down the final line. Just the last, hardly touched
offence. No, it has gone! The very last fence, and Chris Bartle is just
alongside talking to Michael 's mother and she can hardly believe
it. It is Jock Paget that is the Badminton winner for 2013 and the
Olympic champion has been beaten on the very last fence that he jumps.
Quite a surprise! And there is the winner. The young man from New
Zealand, Jock Paget. The New Zealanders celebrate, a
delayed reaction here because the last fence took so long to fall.
Everybody crowded around him and said well done, you have won
Badminton. I need a little time to come to grips with it, it was
something else. When you came into the competition, what were you
expecting? I didn't think I would win, but I thought I could win.
Michael Jung comes to offer his congratulations. Michael, such a
shame for you because you were jumping to perfection and the pole
took so long to fall. It was a very good round and I am happy about my
horse. I was to much forward, I needed more control and I am very
happy here. It was a good debut for Michael Jung, but an even better one
for Jock Paget. He was barely able to say anything, he says it will
take a while to sink in. As we confirm the results, Jock Paget is
the winner of the trophy. Michael Jung in second place, and in third
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'.