Show Jumping Badminton Horse Trials


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Coverage of Badminton Horse Trials, one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar. 2016 proved a memorable occasion as Michael Jung became the first German to win the event.


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Well what a competition. My word, this has been brilliant. Such a

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partnership, these two. Exceptional. What a fabulous competition... Sheer

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class as a rider. Hello, welcome to Badminton, the

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historic and grand setting for the most important day of the east

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questryian calendar. When this first started the winner got a check for

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?150. Now they are presented with the Mitsubishi Motors trophy and get

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a cheque for ?100,000. If they can negotiate all three phases without a

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mistake, believe me they would have earned it. Particularly around the

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Lake, there'll be hundreds of thousands people here, across this

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vast estate and many of them will be hoping to see someone make a splash.

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Welcome. One of the great titles in the horse world and we have a field

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second to none... To us riders, it's totally sacred.

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Intense pressure. It's a very tough course. It's big, bold, difficult.

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Eventing is one of the only sports that genuinely gives men and women

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an equal chance of winning. If you look at the results you can see it,

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62 titles. 25 of them won by women. That is 40%. When you look back at

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the greats, there are three women who set the standard.

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Jenny Holdgate. Pippa Funnell... Sits up. Now pick it up... And she

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is a lovely clear round by Lucinda and wins the Whitbread trophy. The

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Badminton Horse Trials championship and ?1,000.

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The first year I won it was driving my tiny horsebox with my horse

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virtually over my shoulder at night. And turning on the news and in those

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days the news had who won Badminton. I couldn't believe it. That is what

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I remember first about Badminton. So the Queen congratulates Lucinda.

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I think I was ordinary. I wasn't super talented, but I really loved

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horses and loved the thrill that cross-country gave me. I was fairly

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chicken, so I very quickly adopted a seat that kept me as much out of

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trouble as possible. In other words, a defensive seat. In those days,

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very few people sat ready for trouble.

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I never quite imagined I would be able to win it. Incredibly lucky to

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have three very different horses, actually.

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Priceless, Master Craftsman and Welcome Houdini. All physically very

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different and, you know, what a joy to be able to have three horses win

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this amazing competition. The first time I won it on Supreme

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Rock, I really sensed that the horse just felt amazing. I just had this

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sense that I was convinced he had a chance of winning it.

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The feeling when I jumped the last show jump knowing I'd won it was

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disbelief. The stuff that dreams are made of.

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People really underestimate the such huge emotional ties that we have

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with our horses. It's about mind games and that's half the intrigue

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in the sport. It's about getting into the horse's minds.

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One thing about this particular sport is it's so rare with men and

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women competing absolutely level. Same dressage, same cross-country,

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same showjumping and I cannot think of another sport where that happens.

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Why hasn't there been a female winner of Badminton the last ten

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years? The dorss we have got in-- the courses we have got into

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latterly are possibly centred around strength because they are so trappy

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and tricky and technical. You've literally got to be able to have the

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strength to pull your horse from one line to another in a very quick time

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and it suddenly struck me this is the way cross-country should be

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going if men keep winning because there are plenty of very good girls.

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And one of the very best in the world is Ingrid Klimke, the

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49-year-old from Germany has come close to winning here on Bob. She

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empathises the emthe relationship between horse and rider. I got him

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when he was five. I bought him while he was such a new jumper and while

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so clever and while he's strong minded, he's a real fighter and

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knows exactly what he wants. He's very determined. So I really love

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his spirit. I know whenever I have a good line and whenever he sees the

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jump and knows his job, then I so much know that he will try and get

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over it. He's very clever and smart. And he has his own ideas. It's

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sometimes good because he takes over when he thinks it's time that he

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makes a decision. So he's not shy or spooky. He's very much bold and,

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what I love. I think it's really difficult and challenging because

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the fences are very high. Really big, big fences. It will not be an

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easy round. So it could be a woman for the first time in a decade. But

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when you look at the male contenders they are so strong and they include

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the best rider in the world, who is also the defending champion.

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I think the cross-country is very tough. You have to concentrate from

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the beginning to the end. There are many questions directly after the

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other. He's a strong powerful horse and the

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last months, the last weeks he's given me a very good feeling.

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I've come to Badminton to win it. I feel I have a chance. He's a very

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good chance. He's not getting any younger. I'm not getting any

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younger. I'm relying on him this year to win it for me. All to play

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for. He's been galloping very well at home and not feeling like he's

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17. Don't tell him he's 17. He doesn't know he is. Badminton is

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terrifying, isn't it, from start to finish. There's no let-up. I think

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Eric's done a fabulous job. You have to ride very well from start to

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finish and there's no let up and you cannot make a mistake. I'm actually

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looking forward to getting out there, but I cannot say I'm not

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inner vows. I was expecting something softer for the first year

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for Eric Winter. But it's been designed in a tough way in my

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opinion. I'm happy to see it. It a east not a dressage competition.

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It's an old combination now and we get along very well and I can rely

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on him and know everything about him. It's very good when you take a

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horse to such a tough competition. Well, here's an exact approximate of

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what the riders have to face. It is a big course, it requires a horse of

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great scope. And Eric Winter has designed it. What sort of test were

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you trying to set? I wanted to set a general test. I wanted to change the

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velocity of the course and go back a few years to big, bold questions.

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Slightly less combinations, but bigger jumping. So something like

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this is a real sort of rider frightener, a crowd pleaser. It

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looks enormous. When I came here as a child this was the sort of thing I

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thought, wow I would like to jump that. As a course designer I come

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here and look around and think I want to go back to that. There are

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only five difficult combinations on the field but they ask everything. I

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wanted to say actually the horse that jumped around here was an

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all-round athlete and the rider was an outstanding rider and not

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everybody in their first time should come here and think they would jump

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the straight ways all the way. It is about a relationship between you and

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your horse, the course and a recognition of what your horse is

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very good at and what you are very good at and what you are not. For

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you, personally of an honour is this? For me, amazing. The first

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event I ever came to. I walked aroind looked at fences like this. I

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rode a couple of times around here. I started to design. I spent a lot

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of time walking along. As many would have done, I would do this, not

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that. What an horn tore put out a course in a place like this.

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Beautiful! There are more than 807 horses

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competing here. They -- 80 horses competing here. There is the

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youngest horse in the competition. She a chestnut mare and is ten.

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She's ridden by the youngest competitor, at 20.

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He this horse is just over 15 feet high. He finished ninth last year.

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He's been here five times. This fella, Mouse, is coming to Badminton

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for the very first time at the age of 18. I reckon that makes him the

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oldest debutante ever. He's come over from Italy. He's big, too. 17

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hands high. He'll make the fences look small. The dressage test their

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suppleness, it is a sequence of steps and they have to follow it

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with complete accuracy. Last year Michael Jung set the pace on Sam.

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He's back to defend his title. Let's find out who was impressing the

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judges. There hasn't been an injure winner

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here at Badminton since 1965. Jonty Evans is trying to become the next.

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He produced a career-best dressage, for a score of 37.2, which puts him

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into third place. He loves the crowd. He was just brilliant. I am

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over the moon with him. I have said before that I know he'll turn up, so

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I have come and do my best. I think I did my best and he was there.

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If there is to be a first female winner for a decade, the hot

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favourite would be Ingrid Klimke, representing Germany on Horseware

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Hale Bob. She produced a beautiful dressage, in a high-quality

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competition. Her score was second best. He showed all his quality. I

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could ride the extensions and everything like I wanted. He walked

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so relaxed and quiet. It was really fun to ride him.

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Out in front, on his own, is the Australian Christopher Burton riding

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the 12-year-old Graf Liberty. He won last autumn and finished

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fifth at the Olympics and could be regarded as the rising star of the

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eventing world. This is why a dressage test of elegance, beauty

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and accuracy for an outstanding score of 32.9. I'm elated. I'm over

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the moon. He went in there and he got a little bit spriethly. Lifted

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his head and I thought we could be in trouble. He went back to work. He

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did everything so well. I was asked before, did I know he had that good

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a test in him? Of course, I did. I didn't expect it at Badminton in the

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main arena, that's for sure. The standard for dressage gets higher

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and higher. You can see looking at the leaderboard. Eight with scores

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in the 30s and not Michael Jung. He is ninth on Sam, with 40. The top

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seven come from seven Different nations. Not a single British rider

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because the leading Brits are in 18th.

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It is a truly global competition. For the last time on BBC television

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it will be described by Mike Tucker who is stepping down from the

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microphone. Our commentary team. I give you an idea of the massive

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crowds who are gathered to watch this cross-country course. All the

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riders agreeing this is a testing course. It needs plenty of respect.

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And we Seaman any number of stories unfold. Could Christopher Burton add

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Badminton? Could Ingrid Klimke become the first female winner for

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10 years or could Andrew Nicholson finally win the title which has

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alluded him so far at the age of 55? We will find out now, as we see how

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the early starters fare on the cross-country.

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THE COMMENTATOR: Mark Todd, first of two rides. This, the first real test

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on the course. He's away to the Lake.

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OK, here we are at the famous like. I started to come here in 1984 and

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been here since then and well before that. I'm going to jump the Flower

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Garden, land on my back side. A bit of leg pressure. Centre of the fence

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and then look up behind it and keep the leg on and ride up to the jump.

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As they jump I want to sit backwards. It is a 2 m jump. We

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don't want them pecking on landing and be shifted out the front or even

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take a few strides to get balance back again, you then miss almost B.

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Get to here, my eyes glued on the element behind us. Then we have one

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stride to here. So it is a very narrow, on a big angle, the jump is

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angled away from us. So we want to make sure we get the horse up close

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enough that it is very clear, he has to come up, jump through the gap,

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land, turn away we go and that's the Lake done for another year.

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COMMENTATOR: Well a lot has to happen here as Andrew Nicholson

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suggests. Oh, very hesitant. He has to sit tight,k by up the reaps. He's

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got the line? This isn't looking - a quick change of mind. You have to

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get the right track here, it is easy to pick up penalties. New rules,

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complicated but quite possible. I think he might have got away with

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that. He has got a bang in the face, I think. Well, now the Showgun

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Hollow comes up at 10. Two corners either side of the hollow. The blue

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route, red route, short route and very long route. This man, remember,

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rode in two show jumping Olympics as well as winning two medals eventing.

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A brilliant eye A superb exhibition of how that should be jumped. He

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heads to the bridge. This is one of the big famous Badminton fences. I

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don't think you will find anyone taking that red route. But there is

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a big scary ditch here. He needs the right shot. A little laboured. Had

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to reach for it, but safe. Look at the clockp counting down. Alexander

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Bragg at the Staircase. A good dressage test and a positive start

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for them. Here we are, fence 5. ABC, the Hildon Water Pond. For me starts

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at the top of the hill. The hill might help to close the horses up a

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bit but that's what we want to do, putted them in a more of a show

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jumping canter or collecting canter for the question to come then riders

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will be looking for the line. Choose a spot in the fence to jump. For me

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I want to look at the red flag to make sure I've go the my line early.

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The other important thing to remember is the who ares might not

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know it is a water jump until this late in the distance, so here we are

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keeping our leg on, sitting tall, trying to get a good strike at the

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fence then you see riders sitting up and looking. The most important

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thing is the line, you don't want the horse going left or right, you

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want them to follow the rider. Ideally you want them to land with

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you, take a stride. First stride, somewhere about here. Very important

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to hold my line. I really want my toe of my boot on that red flag. You

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can see how clever he has been the with course design because the

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horses will feel and the riders will naturally want to go left which

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wouldn't be a problem expect for the C element. So ideally, staying

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straight, keeping the right rein a little bit out here. Really good

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distances. You will see, in my opinion, riders doing it really

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nicely and making it look easy but plenty of things can go wrong at

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this tough fence, that's for sure, with these steep banks. COMMENTATOR:

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A very big log in. He has to land, balanced. His body position perfect.

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Has he got the line? Yes he has. He makes it look easy. Not sure all are

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going to do it that well. ! And the 13-year-old Zagreb at the Lake. A

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little bit of balancing there. A very nice jump a quick recovery from

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the rider there. That was a long stride there. He does it in two.

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Here we are at the Corral fence, it is a new fence for Badminton, it is

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really difficult. You have to climb up a hill to theist if,

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really difficult. You have to climb up a hill to theist if, very,

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upright railings, a hill, make another turn to climb up another

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hill and over for some railings. There are two options and it is up

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to us as riders to decide which is the best for our horse.

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COMMENTATOR: To Leonidas II coming to the Corral. He jumps that and is

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he going left or right? They are on an angle. Again, looking very well,

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very easy and looking good on the clock, too. Zagreb, a massive jump

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at the Bridge, looking impressive. So we are at fences 21 A, B and C,

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the Ewells Corners, the three jumps are big, wide, boxy fences, the

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first fairly straightforward to jump but finding a ride for in is

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important and it could be tricky. The riders are conscious of the fact

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they would like to get five canter strides, five strides between this

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part and the next part which will require riding forward. The riders

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will becomep around this corner and what becomes interesting, as they

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get to this point here, as you look down the line, you see accuracy

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starts to become apparent. Riders need to mentally build a wall on

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white flags on the left and the red flags on the right. As you look as

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you come by the width of the fences, their maximum height and top width.

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So the horses need to be scopy, accurate and bold. Ideally horses

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will land within this two-yard area of the back of the fence and then

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it's measured by four steps and we should find that take-off point is

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about here. As you can see, the apex of this corner moves away and the

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accuracy required is really important. We want horses and riders

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focussed on that line and then hopefully the accuracy carries you

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over the width of the fence. There should be some big pats as riders

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love away to the Lake at this point. COMMENTATOR: Two-thirds of the way

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around this course, Mark Todd and Leonidas II. 6,500 m. Got the line.

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And makes it look easy. Optimum time 11.35. Is he on target? And coming

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to the Hildon Pond for Alexander brag. He is going to be influential

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in this competition. That was very quietly popping his way through.

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Looking very impressive so far, this combination. The new course designer

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eased off the pressure of the course towards the end, Huntman's course

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looking easier. Mark Todd flying through there and off it the last

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quarter of the course. Coming to the two gates, very upright. Really

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breaks the rhythm. You can see Mark Todd just setting the horse up. 180

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degree turn, can go inside the tree and jump the next one on the angle

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and he does go inside the tree and jumps it beautifully.

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Looking for that time of 11.35 when he'll get no time penalties, 0.4 of

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a second after that. Well the Mirage Pond comes quickly after the Hildon

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Pond. Horses getting very used to water but it isn't a nice jump in. A

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good line. Interesting the. The horse had his eye on the little

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house on the ride. The rider knew where he was going but the horse

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wasn't so convincing. So, Mark Todd, remember the first of his two rides

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at the Quarry. Another accuracy test and this big castle wall. This horse

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looks full of running. And we turn to the very talented young French

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chap, Astier Nicolas Nicholas. He was so impressive in Rio last year

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with this horse and again, looking convincing.

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Within 400 m of home, Leonidas II, Mark Todd. Already over the time.

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That's significant, that red score up in the top is now counting up the

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seconds he is over. Four for every second. The penalties kicking up for

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Mark Todd. There were thoughts there would be quite a few inside the

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time. But I'm not so sure. He is he flies the last. And he's home. 78.1

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for the New Zealander. Has he made it look easier than it's going to

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turn out? CLARE BALDING: How did you feel the course looked? As it

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walked, he was big, he was tough, he is funny at waters sometimes, we had

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strides here and there but he was so gene wine he kept going but you have

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to ride all the way. And the time is tight. The time is tight. I think

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without my detour at the Lake, I could have' been closer but, I think

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the ground is fast and the horse finished full of running so I think

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it is possible to get within the time. COMMENTATOR: Well Astier

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Nicolas coming to the famous Lake. A massive drop in over this rail. This

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is for the stride and gets another one. Well, Astier recovering from a

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broken shoulder. I shouldn't think that did him much good. Support from

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the crowd. Again, we will just have a look at this. Pushes for that one

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stride. The horse almost looks as though it has stopped. It was

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incredibly honest to jump that. And hang on to his back teeth. Well, now

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the famous Quarry, still an accuracy test right in the middle before the

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big stone wall. The blue route, short one, the very long red route.

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Don't think too many will take that. Here comes the talented part-time

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Farrier. Alexander Bragg with Zagreb. He has ridden great maturity

:26:48.:26:53.

his first Badminton. Beautifully through the quarry.

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This is a very interesting horse. Huge strides as it gallops here. He

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has already seen a big stride right up the ramp. Made that look just

:27:12.:27:24.

like a little jump at home. Making his way up to the Hildon Povenlted a

:27:25.:27:30.

very big log in this. You really need the right spot for take-off.

:27:31.:27:36.

Oh, just leaves a leg there. And Astier, is shouting to the jump

:27:37.:27:39.

judge, telling him he is going the long way. A quick change of plan

:27:40.:27:44.

there but a good bit of riding. A massive jump in. Good reaction from

:27:45.:27:58.

the rider there. 38-year-old, Alexander brag has really impressed

:27:59.:28:03.

at first Badminton. He had that very good dressage of 34.6. He will add

:28:04.:28:07.

time faults but it is not going that many. The way it is working out,

:28:08.:28:11.

this is a brilliant round for the first timer. Alexander Bragg from

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Britain, completes. CLARE BALDING: Well I have an elated

:28:15.:28:28.

Alexander. Clear at your first Badminton, what was it like? I'm

:28:29.:28:33.

elated relieved. Emotional really. The horse tried really hard. Our

:28:34.:28:37.

first one. I thought he was getting hard, I tried to help him and almost

:28:38.:28:41.

add strides which made it harder but when I came in the to the finish,

:28:42.:28:46.

God did he gallop. I think learning from this, I think I could push him

:28:47.:28:52.

more knowing when he still has it there, he has t but super feeling.

:28:53.:28:56.

COMMENTATOR: Well, another first-time rider for Great Britain

:28:57.:29:02.

at the Pond. Oh, he shoots her out. Virtually straight into the water.

:29:03.:29:06.

She's been an outstanding young rider. Won medals, both individually

:29:07.:29:11.

and team for Great Britain, but sadly, that's the end of Badminton

:29:12.:29:16.

2017 from the young rider from the Midlands. Let's see it again. Leaves

:29:17.:29:27.

the rider badly. When the horse flips like, that you have no chance.

:29:28.:29:31.

Now this brill yanted young Frenchman making this course look

:29:32.:29:36.

relatively straightforward. A bit of a let-up fence there, and he comes

:29:37.:29:42.

to the Corral. Interestingly, he takes the right-hand route. The

:29:43.:29:47.

first one we have seen doing this. Oh, and just pops two there. He had

:29:48.:29:54.

to wriggle around the tree. CLARE BALDING: Well having her first ride

:29:55.:30:00.

is Li is, sa Green, the daughter of the six times champion, lieu

:30:01.:30:07.

Sindhia. -- -- Lucinda, who is looking more nervous than she ever

:30:08.:30:09.

did when riding. Good luck. THE COMMENTATOR: She's had several

:30:10.:30:18.

years in the build-up to her first Badminton. Getting to the latter

:30:19.:30:28.

part of the course now. Takes a little bit of an extra pull. There

:30:29.:30:32.

kicks on to the wall and the horgs is very clever. No room for a

:30:33.:30:34.

stride. Lissa Green at 10. Sits very tight,

:30:35.:30:48.

just like her mum. Chosen not to ride in the famous primrose colours

:30:49.:30:53.

that won six times here for Lucinada. The second to last fence,

:30:54.:30:59.

this horse has been interesting. Makes it look so easy and well

:31:00.:31:03.

within the time. He's just running out of petrol towards the end. The

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time tells. One of the fastest riders across the country that we

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have seen in recent times is coming to that last fence. He'll be a

:31:12.:31:15.

little disappointed, I think w this timing. It is a very tough course

:31:16.:31:20.

out there. We have not seen many near inside the time as yet.

:31:21.:31:31.

Well the Olympic silver medallist Astier Nicolas has got around. Many

:31:32.:31:38.

horses would have stopped in the lake. He will never stop. He's too

:31:39.:31:45.

good. He's a star. I felt a bit unhappy with some

:31:46.:31:51.

fences, especially at this lake because the horse has got a huge

:31:52.:31:55.

stride, is keen. He was in a perfect rhythm going forward. He should,

:31:56.:32:02.

every day this stride and having to add a second stride because it's so

:32:03.:32:10.

long was so punishing to him. To made the rest of the course very

:32:11.:32:15.

long. He got tired. The rest was difficult and like a gas tank has

:32:16.:32:20.

gone down like this and then after it was all down to his big heart.

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Lissa Green now at the Hildon Water Pond. Again, well ridden.

:32:34.:32:40.

This young lady is not daunted be think course. She's well through the

:32:41.:32:44.

water pond and now reaching the halfway point on the course.

:32:45.:32:51.

And the great German rider Bettina Hoy. The strongest point of the

:32:52.:32:57.

German team for many years coming to the Staircase. A little bit of

:32:58.:33:01.

fighting on the approach, just making sure she gets the right

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stride and gets three strides in there. That's quite surprising.

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Don't see many get that in. Over the big,er and now to the

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Caral. Certainly jumped better than we thought it might. The rails on

:33:19.:33:22.

the top of the hill, a big set of rails.

:33:23.:33:29.

And going to go around. Going round will lose them probably 15, maybe a

:33:30.:33:36.

few more seconds, but it's safer. Lissa trying to pump out a good

:33:37.:33:40.

rhythm and you see the twists and turns. That can rather daunt a

:33:41.:33:47.

horse, it can really tire him. Bettina coming to the Table. Has a

:33:48.:33:52.

very surprising run out. A pretty experienced horse this now. I have

:33:53.:33:56.

to say Bettina will be disappointed with that. She puts her hand up.

:33:57.:34:04.

Retires. That is a huge disappointment from Bettina and the

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German contingent. A bit surprising because I would have expected better

:34:09.:34:12.

from this horse. Clare Abbot for Ireland. Ireland with a big

:34:13.:34:20.

contingent here. Euro Prince. Represented in the worlds in

:34:21.:34:22.

Normandy. Positively through the water. That's as well as anyone at

:34:23.:34:24.

that point and she presses on. And Lissa at the Quarry. Sliding

:34:25.:34:42.

there on the landing. One or two horses have been slipping on bits of

:34:43.:34:48.

the turns here. Nearly home. . . She'll be very excited a at this

:34:49.:34:50.

stage. Looks back. She's safe. Had a 51.7

:34:51.:34:59.

drissage, as you can see. She's got ground to make up. Coming to the

:35:00.:35:05.

final fence in the arena, Lissa Green, I should think her mother,

:35:06.:35:10.

Lucinda, will be holding her breath at this point. She will be thrilled.

:35:11.:35:15.

Quite a few time penalties. The fact is she's completed this course. It

:35:16.:35:20.

has to be a very positive step for this rider in the future. And the

:35:21.:35:25.

horse looking good and relaxed and quite happy. Mrs Green very happy,

:35:26.:35:28.

too. Your first experience of Badminton

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and you have got around, well done? It was a bit of a wing and a prayer.

:35:36.:35:40.

That would be the way with this gorgeous horse. To keep him in the

:35:41.:35:44.

right balance was tough. A lot of work would be used. To be honest, a

:35:45.:35:48.

lot of people think you are very brave as well? Stupid or brave! It

:35:49.:35:52.

is a close thing. You have not felt great in the build up to this. To do

:35:53.:35:57.

that when you are not feeling that strong Orwell is amazing. I know. If

:35:58.:36:05.

I am on death's door I would drag myself out of bed. I did honestly

:36:06.:36:09.

worry yesterday morning that I might not have made it today. To have

:36:10.:36:13.

actually have completed, I can not believe it!

:36:14.:36:20.

Now Thibaut Vallette from France. He's at the Staircase. He gets very

:36:21.:36:29.

spooky there and again. Not the confident start we expected

:36:30.:36:36.

from this combination. At the Quarry for Clare Abbot, they

:36:37.:36:41.

have flown around this track. She sees a massive stride. Skinny in the

:36:42.:36:45.

middle and another big one. This horse is full of running. He has not

:36:46.:36:55.

been hanging around. Now Thibaut Vallette, this lovely horse. Big,

:36:56.:37:00.

bold jumping. It's what we expect from this horse. Oh, pops up. Leaves

:37:01.:37:05.

a leg. Very quickly tries to correct that. He'll get 20 penalties for

:37:06.:37:10.

that, I am afraid. This was a combination that we expected to be

:37:11.:37:13.

right at the top of the leaderboard. We've got a world-class field for

:37:14.:37:17.

this competition and this was one that we thought would really make

:37:18.:37:21.

their mark at what is their first Badminton.

:37:22.:37:28.

See it again. John Majors in really we right speed.

:37:29.:37:37.

-- jumps in really good speed. Doesn't get the speed he wants.

:37:38.:37:45.

Steps on it, slips at the back and you lose all impulsion. Does quickly

:37:46.:37:49.

try to change his plans, but too late. 20 penalties.

:37:50.:37:55.

Well we talked to Lissa Green earlier, having completed her first

:37:56.:38:02.

Badminton cross-country course. Now with me is her mother. What was

:38:03.:38:06.

watching your daughter like? Amazing. I never thought I would see

:38:07.:38:11.

this day. When I saw this course, I never thought I would see her gallop

:38:12.:38:15.

up that hill back into the arena to finish. One of the biggest courses I

:38:16.:38:18.

have seen. It is fantastic. I am thrilled. I didn't think those two

:38:19.:38:23.

would have enough to do it. They have. You sprinted from the rider's

:38:24.:38:29.

tent to come in with her. I was just so amazed to see her come over that

:38:30.:38:34.

log. We said this is a big drop and it's the second last fence, don't

:38:35.:38:37.

turn too quickly because they will be quite jelly legged. She did such

:38:38.:38:43.

a good job and she's been so sick for about ten days. I thought she

:38:44.:38:46.

wouldn't have the strength. She did. We went up there with her.

:38:47.:38:52.

This is Clare Abbot, Euro Prince. They set off very quickly. One

:38:53.:38:57.

wonders whether she went off too fast. She's the quickest we have

:38:58.:39:01.

seen to this point so far. Only six seconds over. This is a brilliant

:39:02.:39:07.

round from the Irish combination. Turning for the very last fence.

:39:08.:39:14.

This fence, designed by a young lady, a brilliant last fence. That

:39:15.:39:19.

is the best Irish round so far and goes third with the 60.1 completion

:39:20.:39:27.

penalty score. Brilliant French combination come to

:39:28.:39:30.

the Bridge. So impressive this horse has been

:39:31.:39:37.

over the last couple of years. Makes that look so easy.

:39:38.:39:42.

And so quickly back into his stride. Doesn't waste a second.

:39:43.:39:47.

Well, here is the Badminton title winner of last year, double Olympic

:39:48.:39:52.

champion, double European champion, it is the great Jung with La

:39:53.:39:58.

Biosthetique Sam, setting off. Water at the top of the hill here.

:39:59.:40:06.

Very cleverly done. Oh, fascinating! He's decided to go the long route.

:40:07.:40:10.

He obviously had that planned. Wastes some time, but is much, much

:40:11.:40:16.

safer. He doesn't actually hang around on

:40:17.:40:20.

that circle. He keeps the rit emgoing. Keep -- rhythm going.

:40:21.:40:27.

Michael Jung, ninth after dressage on 40. Still quite close. Very

:40:28.:40:39.

positive into the Lake. Picks up reins. This is why this man is one

:40:40.:40:44.

of the best we have ever seen. Nowhere in time could this man be

:40:45.:40:50.

the first. Coming to these corner ins in the

:40:51.:40:56.

middle of the park, in front of the wonderful Badminton house. A big

:40:57.:40:59.

jump. Five strides. Some are getting six in there. Then they found the

:41:00.:41:03.

distance quite long. Takes the flag out. Such scope. Incredible horse

:41:04.:41:06.

this! Well, this man has got so much

:41:07.:41:17.

ability in every side of this sport. Three disciplines and the man leads

:41:18.:41:25.

the world in each one. So quick. These two corners have jumped well

:41:26.:41:30.

again. Nice line as he heads off to the big footbridge.

:41:31.:41:37.

He's returned from Lexington. He won in Lexington last week on his very

:41:38.:41:41.

good mare. Now, could he set up another Grand

:41:42.:41:45.

Slam? Remember he won that here last year.

:41:46.:41:50.

Beautifully positive stride over the bridge and makes it look easy.

:41:51.:41:55.

Thibaut Vallette coming to that final fence.

:41:56.:42:04.

Must be quite good on the clock. Didn't get a perfect stride to that

:42:05.:42:08.

final fence. A big, deep sigh from the rider there. Looks as impressive

:42:09.:42:13.

as ever. Michael Jung coming to what is so

:42:14.:42:17.

far the most influential fence. Great line. Never looked in trouble

:42:18.:42:27.

at all. Time, it's looking promising. Remember, 11. 35 the opt

:42:28.:42:34.

mum time. We are counting down on that clock. So he's got now five

:42:35.:42:41.

minutes 50 seconds to get home. One of the let up courses on this

:42:42.:42:45.

course. There are not too many of them. The way the big fences keep

:42:46.:42:51.

coming is the significant feature that Eric Winter has built into this

:42:52.:42:59.

course. Do the Mirage Pond. Again line, accuracy and the speed of

:43:00.:43:03.

approach important here. It is a big drop in. You need an accurate line

:43:04.:43:09.

to the next hedge. Well done!

:43:10.:43:17.

En and Allstar B, coming to these big, big corners. Takes the flag

:43:18.:43:29.

out. Safely over the fence. Oh, very accurately ridden. Didn't

:43:30.:43:38.

waste any time either and gets a huge stride this horse. Holder of

:43:39.:43:45.

the under-25 champion, it is Tom McEwen.

:43:46.:43:50.

Tom good dressage at the Staircase. That's a confident start from this

:43:51.:43:52.

combination. Michael Jung coming to the Corral.

:43:53.:44:05.

Quite an influential fence on this course. Takes the left-hand route.

:44:06.:44:10.

He sees the stride from a long way out. That was incredibly quick. That

:44:11.:44:14.

is probably the best we have seen through there all day.

:44:15.:44:18.

Tom McEwen on this lovely horse, Toledo De Kerser at the Lake. Tom

:44:19.:44:28.

sits well. Good line.

:44:29.:44:35.

No problems there. Some young British riders have made

:44:36.:44:39.

their mark. Alexander Bragg, one of them. Is this young man going to do

:44:40.:44:43.

the same? Rosalind Canter having a good ride.

:44:44.:44:50.

These fences look quite small with this horse. He's got a big scopy

:44:51.:44:53.

jump. The horse that went very well in the

:44:54.:45:01.

World Championships and then bought for Tom to ride. Well over the

:45:02.:45:07.

Bridge. This horse got a really big jump.

:45:08.:45:13.

And Michael Jung coming to the end of this course on brilliant Sam. In

:45:14.:45:21.

case you wonder what's on his back, it's the wonder pony, making

:45:22.:45:26.

awareness of the bone Cancer Research for young people and look

:45:27.:45:29.

at this horse quicken towards the end of the course.

:45:30.:45:34.

Full of running. Sees a brilliant stride at the second last. And

:45:35.:45:38.

Michael is saying, come on. He's kicking on. The horse has his ears

:45:39.:45:44.

flat back. He's responding, he's full of running. He comes to the

:45:45.:45:49.

arena and a huge cheer from the crowds. No wonder. Look at that

:45:50.:45:52.

time. Eight seconds to go. Quick check at the last. Kicks on. Looks

:45:53.:45:57.

at the clock and that is an incredible performance. No wonder he

:45:58.:46:00.

looks so smug. CLARE BALDING: We know now the man

:46:01.:46:11.

to beat. And it is this man. Having said that time and in time penalties

:46:12.:46:19.

and Sam, the greatest horse, just brilliant at cross country and

:46:20.:46:24.

brilliant at everything. A brilliant horse. Great discipline. I think my

:46:25.:46:30.

dressage was really good. It is an amazing feeling when you see the

:46:31.:46:36.

horse has so much trust in you, he understands quick, an amazing

:46:37.:46:38.

feeling. The only horse inside the time and he made it so easy.

:46:39.:46:44.

What a rise up the ranks from Clare Abbott. Shows how influential this

:46:45.:46:50.

cross country cores is going to be. COMMENTATOR:. Tom Mc-Ewan now. Well

:46:51.:47:00.

over the corners. Still pressing on. Looks a promising ride And Rosalind

:47:01.:47:09.

Canter kicking on. A great performance the Burghley last year.

:47:10.:47:13.

A silly run out. But he is accelerating, enormous stride this

:47:14.:47:17.

horse and shows his scope around this horse. Look at the tierges

:47:18.:47:21.

pretty good. One of the fastest rounds we've seen. Very promising

:47:22.:47:33.

for the future. Two riders from Belgium here, Karin Donckers the

:47:34.:47:36.

most experience of them. A 37.3 dressage. She was fourth after

:47:37.:47:40.

dressage. She certainly has the experience to get around this

:47:41.:47:50.

course. Good lines. Now at the Countryside Birch but doesn't make

:47:51.:47:54.

it inside the tree. A couple of seconds Goth gone. You have to take

:47:55.:47:58.

every short route, surely, to get this time. And Tom McEuan has done a

:47:59.:48:06.

pretty good job out there and another horse, finishing full of

:48:07.:48:09.

running. The ground here at bad inton it is on the good-to-fast

:48:10.:48:14.

side. -- at Badminton. They have worked very hard on the course. They

:48:15.:48:19.

have been spiking it and working and Tom and Toledo De Kerser flying

:48:20.:48:24.

through the finish line. 54 seconds over the time. Karin Donckers at The

:48:25.:48:33.

Lake, goods the right-handed route and runs out. That's another of the

:48:34.:48:37.

world stars dropping down the leaderboard. This course is really

:48:38.:48:41.

having a very big affect on the overnight scores. Izzy Taylor coming

:48:42.:48:50.

to the bridge. Oh. And Izzy is pretty cross with that one. That was

:48:51.:48:55.

a bit of a nasty one. They were both lucky to walk away from that. That

:48:56.:48:59.

was good. The horse just stamping its reins but good to see them both

:49:00.:49:07.

standing. You can just see he comes around the corner, Izzy has seen the

:49:08.:49:12.

stride, pushing, the horse hasn't quite focussed. Goes to take off,

:49:13.:49:17.

sadly missed the fence and sadly the horse ends up in the ditch and Izzy

:49:18.:49:29.

stamps her fist in frustration. CLARE BALDING well for the last 16

:49:30.:49:36.

years Chris has been in charge of the Berlin team and seen them win

:49:37.:49:40.

countless medals. Now you have the British team. A great thin on the

:49:41.:49:46.

ground. Great cross country runners but what do you make of of them?

:49:47.:49:55.

Well, great highlights. Alexander Bragg, it is great he has had a

:49:56.:50:00.

great round today. So there are some foifs, I guess we are thin on the

:50:01.:50:06.

ground but at the same time it is a starting point you know that I see

:50:07.:50:11.

as a good base that we have to build on. One of the real highlights of

:50:12.:50:14.

the spring has been Zara Tindel and her performance out in Kentucky

:50:15.:50:17.

finishing third. I sadly couldn't go out to Kentucky, I had to watch it

:50:18.:50:21.

on the screen but it was fantastic to see her back in a great vain of

:50:22.:50:26.

form. She was riding cross country and then show jumping, just, yes,

:50:27.:50:35.

you know, as she did in 2012. COMMENTATOR: And Paul Tapner from

:50:36.:50:40.

Australia, at the Staircase. A nice jump in. Very fluid and positive. A

:50:41.:50:47.

A good start for them. Well Elisa Wallace coming home now. This horse

:50:48.:50:54.

looking weary. In the last mile, it has definitely looked like the

:50:55.:51:01.

petrol is getting low. Oh, leaves a leg and she gets Jupp unshipped,

:51:02.:51:05.

almost in crawling distance to the line. Oh, heartbreaking. Non-the

:51:06.:51:11.

worse I don't think but to get so near the finish, she will be just

:51:12.:51:14.

wondering, though, if she perhaps could have pulled up a little

:51:15.:51:20.

earlier and saved perhaps the horse that fall right at the end. Now Paul

:51:21.:51:26.

Tapner in the famous red colours, a good stride N swinging left but

:51:27.:51:31.

coming the quick way out. A good jump out and, oh, that was a nasty

:51:32.:51:36.

one. The horse, pole axed with the one stride. The horse chipped in.

:51:37.:51:44.

Ah, the look of frustration. That was a nasty one, though. We see it

:51:45.:51:48.

again, he gets a good stride up. Lands well. A little bit short.

:51:49.:51:52.

Takes the one stride and the horse, you could see, he didn't know

:51:53.:51:57.

whether to take one or two strides or go up to the fence. Got it all

:51:58.:52:03.

wrong and hit it with his forearms, and the two crashed to the ground.

:52:04.:52:09.

Great to see them all up and walking abut sadly an elimination for Paul

:52:10.:52:15.

Tapner. Now first time ride for Arianna Schivo. Oh, my word. That's

:52:16.:52:19.

the second. A lovely profile and hits it at the roots and down they G

:52:20.:52:24.

one has to wonder whether the qualifications for this level of

:52:25.:52:27.

competition are good enough when you see falls like that. Well, it is

:52:28.:52:34.

great to see Japan represented here at Badminton and Yoshiaki Oiwa and

:52:35.:52:38.

the Duke of Cavan. He is a good one coming out. He really rides for it.

:52:39.:52:41.

He was effective. This is James Sommerville, riding

:52:42.:53:04.

258ent. They are based in Yorkshire. The combination here for the first

:53:05.:53:10.

time at the Corral. And he is in and oh, missed it totally and flicks

:53:11.:53:14.

him. Now that fence on the angle, that's exactly what can happen.

:53:15.:53:19.

Experience there, perhaps, or lack of experience I should say. Well,

:53:20.:53:27.

young James will learn by it and luckily horse and rider

:53:28.:53:30.

non-the-worse for the problem. Hits it hard and when you hit it at an

:53:31.:53:35.

angle, that's exactly what happens, that the rider has nowhere to go

:53:36.:53:40.

than out the door and on to the ground. Well, non-the-worse. That's

:53:41.:53:45.

the cost of experience I think for James Sommerville there.

:53:46.:53:53.

And Yoshiaki Oiwa, at the Outlander bank, a big step up this and bounces

:53:54.:54:00.

over neatly. A good pat for the horse. A well-deserved pat at this

:54:01.:54:11.

stage. He doesn't get a good strike there on the top of that mound but

:54:12.:54:16.

the horse helps him out. It is so nice it see Japanp represented here,

:54:17.:54:19.

especially with the next Olympics coming up. There is no doubt this

:54:20.:54:26.

chap will be leading the squad there. The hill done Without Pond. A

:54:27.:54:37.

nice jump in -- the hitch ildon. He makes -- the Hildon Water Pond. This

:54:38.:54:44.

is Gemma Tattersall. They were third last year. They rode for Britain in

:54:45.:54:49.

the Rio Olympics. Away from the Staircase, the odd problem there but

:54:50.:54:53.

on the whole jumped pretty well. They head off to The Lake. Jerks

:54:54.:55:00.

jumping that big fence, the big Oxer. It is difficult to say it is a

:55:01.:55:06.

lettout fence, it is massive. Heading to the Corral. A good jump.

:55:07.:55:10.

In a little quick through the bottom. But the horse is very neat

:55:11.:55:15.

in front and Yoshiaki Oiwa kept his position very well. Didn't drop the

:55:16.:55:22.

horse or lean forward. Arctic Soul, at the Bridge. Won a prize last

:55:23.:55:35.

year. And over the big table there, coming to these rather influential

:55:36.:55:38.

corners right in front of the house. Look at the crowd. Loving this day

:55:39.:55:47.

of cross country. Gets a good five strides. Holds his line and pushes

:55:48.:55:51.

for that, two strides and actually very impressive. That's good and the

:55:52.:55:59.

horse very relaxed. Arctic Soul, Gemma Tattersall at the Pond.

:56:00.:56:03.

Disappointing dressage. 55.8. Got to get it back at cross country. Goes

:56:04.:56:11.

for a long stride in the middle and shouts long, another one just to

:56:12.:56:14.

remind the judges which way she's going to go. Can be good thinking

:56:15.:56:20.

sometimes. So loses a bit of time there. Remember, still only one

:56:21.:56:30.

inside that optimum time at the moment, Michael Jung and Sam. Psalm

:56:31.:56:36.

Griffiths at the Staircase. A previous winner of Badminton, this

:56:37.:56:48.

combination. Look so easy and so calm and relaxed. Let's hope the

:56:49.:56:50.

rest of the round looks like that. So, this is a very good sight for

:56:51.:57:03.

Japan. They really are putting in a big effort for those Olympic Games

:57:04.:57:08.

in Tokyo in 2020 and this could be the man who leaves them there. This

:57:09.:57:14.

was the horse that was bought out. It was found to be big and strong

:57:15.:57:20.

but Yoshiaki Oiwa has given this horse a peach of a ride. It is

:57:21.:57:25.

30-plus seconds over but this man has shown that Japan really now on

:57:26.:57:36.

the international stage. Well done. Sam Griffiths. He was here in 2014

:57:37.:57:43.

with this horse. He had an unlucky time last year. First corner, oh, he

:57:44.:57:47.

could have' gone the other side of the fence there. And crucially he

:57:48.:57:51.

has gone on. That could bring in a new rule which could end in 50

:57:52.:57:58.

penalties. And Gemma Tattersall going to the Corral. Always keen and

:57:59.:58:04.

enthusiastic this horse. Can get a little bit strong. Oh a rattle

:58:05.:58:08.

there. A slightly flat jump. She has to hold him and gets very close to

:58:09.:58:13.

that second element. But they get away with it These are on frangable

:58:14.:58:19.

pins these fences so easily dislodged but no problems there. And

:58:20.:58:23.

Sam Griffiths was in the bronze medal team for Australia in Rio.

:58:24.:58:29.

Finished fourth himself. He looks really in the groove as he heads up

:58:30.:58:41.

now to the big jump. And Gemma coming to the Quarry. Not the most

:58:42.:58:45.

difficult we have seen the Quarry but right at the end of a tough

:58:46.:58:51.

track. It is all about having the stamina. This is one of the fastest

:58:52.:58:54.

courses cross country. It'll be interesting to see what we are time

:58:55.:58:59.

is like, she is kicking away. Sam Griffiths, the 2014 winner here, at

:59:00.:59:03.

the Pond. Had an unlucky 20 penalties in the competition last

:59:04.:59:07.

year but so far clear and looking good. It is a very exciting prospect

:59:08.:59:13.

for Ireland here,p Jonty Evans on Cooley Rorkes Drift. A brilliant

:59:14.:59:19.

performance in Rio last year. Gets three strides in, takes the flag

:59:20.:59:22.

out. They'll need to settle into this course. A big test. Gemma

:59:23.:59:27.

Tattersall over the fence, still inside that optimum time. Not sure

:59:28.:59:31.

whether she can make it, no. She's not. But it is a good ride. This is

:59:32.:59:39.

good news again for Chris Bartle. This is a an important combination

:59:40.:59:43.

with the Europeans in Poland this year. Needs to improve the dressage

:59:44.:59:50.

but an excellent cross country again for Gemma Tattersall. They go 7th.

:59:51.:00:02.

He was a serious handful for mee, I'm 5'5", he is 17-1. He is an out

:00:03.:00:13.

and out galloping machine. Quite a handful. We had to go one long

:00:14.:00:17.

route. He jump sod well, almost too well that I didn't have enough time

:00:18.:00:21.

to get to the straight route and I didn't want to have a silly 20, so

:00:22.:00:25.

went wrong, so that's why we were a few seconds older. But gosh, that

:00:26.:00:33.

horse sore a machine. Well, Ireland will be having everything crossed as

:00:34.:00:38.

Jonty comes to the the Lake. Light on his feet this horse, he really is

:00:39.:00:42.

so good. You see it there, a brilliant piece of riding and away

:00:43.:00:46.

they g away from the Lake, clear and fast.

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Taking the favourite left-hand route.

:00:57.:01:03.

Careful jumping. Sees a good one. Nice jump. Doesn't waste any time

:01:04.:01:09.

there. Already 30 seconds over on the clock.

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On that good score of 38 could Jonty Evans catch Michael Jung t only one

:01:19.:01:24.

inside the time. This horse has got quite a round action. Still he

:01:25.:01:25.

covers the ground. A brilliant dressage test for Ingrid

:01:26.:01:38.

Klimke and Horseware Hale Bob, as they come to the Staircase. One of

:01:39.:01:44.

the best jumpers in the sport of eventing. When he came out as a

:01:45.:01:49.

young horse some of the top showjumpers were trying to buy him.

:01:50.:01:53.

He looks hesitant over these steps. Needs to step up a gear. It is many

:01:54.:01:57.

years since Ireland have won the title here. But this is certainly

:01:58.:02:02.

their best chance for a long time. Jonty Evans clear. Gets a good line

:02:03.:02:07.

through there. Still on target and far from slow.

:02:08.:02:16.

Sam Griffiths, nice gallop and turns into these fairly massive gates. You

:02:17.:02:21.

can see there from the penalties, the jump judge and the ground jury,

:02:22.:02:30.

they have given him 50 error for the error at the corner.

:02:31.:02:34.

I am sure there'll be discussions later on in the evening. Still

:02:35.:02:37.

looking full of running.

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Looking determined. Good jump in.

:02:58.:03:02.

Oh, and a big stride out. Still manages to chip in the second stride

:03:03.:03:06.

and quickly away. Quick pat for the horse. Thanks,

:03:07.:03:08.

mate! Jonty Evans coming up to the Corral.

:03:09.:03:15.

Based up at Cheltenham. I love the way this horse is so

:03:16.:03:30.

light, such a good jumper. Careful, but quick.

:03:31.:03:39.

Very neatly through there. There is a longer route. There it's three

:03:40.:03:50.

jumping efforts rather than two. Most of the riders are tackling it

:03:51.:03:52.

straight on. Not wasting any time. Ingrid has

:03:53.:04:02.

always been known as a very fast rider across the country.

:04:03.:04:06.

And a great stride over the bridge. You can see the horse's shape. The

:04:07.:04:11.

neck neek of his front legs and his head and neck in the balance. Just

:04:12.:04:17.

quite brilliant over that fence. Jonty Evans coming to the corner.

:04:18.:04:24.

This the fence he talked through. Jumps well enough.

:04:25.:04:28.

Oh, and the horse just looks right and glances right. Ah! I think Jonty

:04:29.:04:34.

will perhaps appreciate he didn't ride it quite as he should it should

:04:35.:04:39.

have been ridden and that's so unfortunate.

:04:40.:04:43.

Let's see it again. Just watch the horse look right.

:04:44.:04:47.

Impact left and then right. He tried to change it but could not get the

:04:48.:04:51.

horse to concentrate on the all-important line.

:04:52.:04:56.

That is such bad luck. And Sam Griffiths coming towards the

:04:57.:05:00.

end. This rather big log. A bit of a drop

:05:01.:05:05.

on the landing. It's quite an angle. Rileders have to be aware of that

:05:06.:05:10.

landing and keep the balance. He's kicking on T clock's looking good.

:05:11.:05:15.

He will, as yet, be unaware of the 50 penalties. I don't think he'll be

:05:16.:05:21.

a terribly happy bun any when he finds out -- bunny when he finds

:05:22.:05:26.

out. Kicking on to the last. Quite a good time.

:05:27.:05:34.

Comparing to everybody else what's ahead of him.

:05:35.:05:37.

How did you feel out there as you were going around your course? My

:05:38.:05:44.

horse went beautifully. She's a superb horse. It rode tough out

:05:45.:05:49.

there. It is showing in the results that it's a tough course to ride

:05:50.:05:51.

around. THE COMMENTATOR: Ingrid and

:05:52.:05:56.

Horseware Hale Bob. They jump the bank. A little

:05:57.:06:02.

hesitantly, but perfectly safely. She wastes nothing in the approach

:06:03.:06:07.

to the fence or getting away. The time is looking pretty comfortable

:06:08.:06:11.

at the moment. Still here country colleague, the

:06:12.:06:14.

only one inside the time, Michael Jung and Sam. Top of the leaderboard

:06:15.:06:22.

on the overnight score of 40. This is probably Michael Jung's biggest

:06:23.:06:26.

danger. They have been such competitive colleagues for many

:06:27.:06:30.

years. This water... Nicely over the log in

:06:31.:06:36.

the mid-. She's got the line. And there's no problem there. Two-thirds

:06:37.:06:40.

of the way around and Michael Jung will be biting his finger nails.

:06:41.:06:47.

And Jonty, disappointing 20 for them on the board, but he's kicking on

:06:48.:06:51.

till the end. Fantastic potential in this horse. I think it is a

:06:52.:06:56.

combination we'll see a lot of in the future. Certainly will be the

:06:57.:07:00.

mainstayer of the Irish team later this year for the European

:07:01.:07:03.

Championships. Has to put that disappointment behind him. It's a

:07:04.:07:08.

bit of a learning curve, but he has to be thrilled with this young horse

:07:09.:07:13.

and you can see he's delight. A great performance.

:07:14.:07:23.

So frustrating to have a run out? He was brilliant around the course. He

:07:24.:07:30.

was dubious about the Staircase. After that he seemed to grow in

:07:31.:07:33.

confidence and he was super. I cannot fault him. I have to hold my

:07:34.:07:38.

hands up. It was my mistake. So, we'll go away and we'll learn frit.

:07:39.:07:42.

When you look at the leaderboard, the guys at the top of the

:07:43.:07:45.

leaderboard do this week in, week out. I've only got this one at this

:07:46.:07:50.

level. I've got some lovely young ones. It was a great experience and

:07:51.:07:54.

he was fabulous. He didn't put a foot wrong. There was a lot of

:07:55.:07:58.

support for you, I was at the Staircase and the cheering must have

:07:59.:08:02.

lifted you? It does. I don't live very far away. I live near

:08:03.:08:07.

Cheltenham, so it's almost local and half of Gloucestershire comes to

:08:08.:08:11.

Badminton. It is great. They cheer you home and it does help. The crowd

:08:12.:08:16.

support is fabulous! A very frank analysis from Jonty. This girl could

:08:17.:08:19.

go top of the leaderboard. She's going that well. Coming up now

:08:20.:08:28.

to the Mirage Pond. The crowd has been absolutely enormous. They are

:08:29.:08:32.

still here now as we get to the exciting closing stages of this

:08:33.:08:34.

cross-country competition and the world's best and they are here for

:08:35.:08:40.

this year's Badminton title in a big way, beginning to get an exciting

:08:41.:08:44.

finish on the horizon. She east going to go -- she's going

:08:45.:08:48.

to go long. A few seconds wasted, but not many. Oh, a slip, we've seen

:08:49.:08:54.

one or two of those. The green grass on the fairly firm,

:08:55.:08:59.

fairly hard-going, really making it slippery in places.

:09:00.:09:05.

Up now to the Corral. Ears pricked. This is a horse with so much

:09:06.:09:12.

quality. A loot of the german breeding is involved. This, horse

:09:13.:09:16.

which has got it there too. It gives this emthe speed, has made them

:09:17.:09:21.

world leaders for so long. Being challenged by France now. But this

:09:22.:09:27.

lady is not going to be beaten easily at the.

:09:28.:09:32.

You have heard that rattling with those pins a lot, but there's no

:09:33.:09:40.

problem, they stay in tact. And the great Mark Todd. We heard

:09:41.:09:45.

him saying after his first ride that the horse finished full of running.

:09:46.:09:52.

I reckon we'll see him close tore the optimum time on this one. Such a

:09:53.:09:57.

brilliant rider over the years. 61 years young now. And he's still as

:09:58.:10:02.

determined as ever. A bit of a twist over that second

:10:03.:10:11.

fence. It is a big fence. Ingrid Klimke, now to those dual course.

:10:12.:10:19.

-- to the Joules Corners. And the horse jumps it easily. She's on tar

:10:20.:10:24.

et. This will be nip and tuck over the last third of the course here.

:10:25.:10:38.

Down into the Lake. The Bullfinch. At the Hunt 'sman close now. A

:10:39.:10:46.

stumble, but quickly picks up. All importantly for ingrid, the horse

:10:47.:10:51.

still looks pretty fresh. Remember her father won Olympic golds for

:10:52.:10:55.

Germany in the world of dressage. This lady is so talented.

:10:56.:11:04.

Actually this a horse that was part of some very big part of the horse

:11:05.:11:09.

jumping world. That could be important here at these gates. Oh,

:11:10.:11:16.

pops through. Everything's in tact. The Lake for Toddy. Didn't have the

:11:17.:11:24.

best jump in the first ride, but much better. Pure class in this one.

:11:25.:11:28.

Oh, kicks for the one and another horse, yet another horse to chip in

:11:29.:11:36.

that stride. He was quickly, he's waving to the

:11:37.:11:42.

crowds. He's a cool crowd. At the Quarry. The horse still

:11:43.:11:48.

looking full of running. The moment it looks as if she got that very

:11:49.:11:53.

close to the time. 11. 35, remember. As you look at that clock counting

:11:54.:12:01.

down, she's got 42 seconds left. She can afford nine seconds over and

:12:02.:12:10.

still be in contention. She would then be level with Michael Jung on

:12:11.:12:16.

Sam. So, nine seconds over. That's all she can afford to still retain a

:12:17.:12:20.

part leadership. Quicker than that, and she will take the lead and it's

:12:21.:12:24.

going to be that close. All uphill now. The horse full of running.

:12:25.:12:34.

Under the Grandstand roof. The crowd building here as we get towards the

:12:35.:12:38.

final climax of this cross-country. What a day it's been. She's going to

:12:39.:12:43.

go over. We're looking for something under nine seconds to get the lead.

:12:44.:12:46.

She's going to do that. She's going to do it. One second. Can you

:12:47.:12:56.

believe it! 0.4 of a penalty between Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung.

:12:57.:13:00.

Germany, one and two. A great finish in prospect.

:13:01.:13:07.

Well, Mark Todd didn't get the most perfect stride on his first horse at

:13:08.:13:14.

this bridge. The horse showing all its scope possible as he just pops

:13:15.:13:15.

over it. CLARE BALDING: Record crowds here.

:13:16.:13:29.

There are fence judges. At fence 24, they had a look at whether Ingrid

:13:30.:13:34.

Klimke dislodged the frangible pin. Did she break it? Did the fence drop

:13:35.:13:39.

down? If so, it would incur 11 penalty points. That's where she hit

:13:40.:13:43.

it. You will see her look around when she jumps the second gate. The

:13:44.:13:48.

judges said, yes, you have hit it, you have broken the pin. That is 11

:13:49.:13:53.

penalties. She appealed and the grand jury finally took those

:13:54.:13:58.

penalty points away. Which means she does lead narrowly from her

:13:59.:14:01.

countryman Michael Jung. The best of the British at the moment is

:14:02.:14:05.

Rosalind Canter ahead of Alexander Bragg. Then we have Mark Todd and

:14:06.:14:13.

Yoshiaki Oiwa. Well Ingrid Klimke has had a torrid

:14:14.:14:17.

five minutes. You thought you were leading, then you thought you

:14:18.:14:21.

weren't and now you are. And now they took it away. He did a

:14:22.:14:27.

fantastic round and he deserved it. He's a good jumper. They gave you 11

:14:28.:14:34.

penalties and you appeal it? Yes. He was jumping it very careful for

:14:35.:14:38.

So they went and checked it again and realised everything was clear.

:14:39.:14:45.

So now, on reflection, what do you think you've done so far at this

:14:46.:14:51.

competition? I think I'm so proud of Bobby because he was bold. It was

:14:52.:14:56.

tough. It was not an easy round. I could not wave to the crowd, enjoy

:14:57.:15:00.

myself too much. I knew everything was quick. He wanted to go fast. He

:15:01.:15:05.

was a bit strong. He wanted to go faster than I wanted to prepare.

:15:06.:15:10.

Every time I had him, he saw the line, jumped and was fluent and pure

:15:11.:15:14.

fun, really. I don't know whether you realise this, you could afford

:15:15.:15:17.

to be nine seconds over and be level with Michael Jung. You were eight

:15:18.:15:22.

seconds over, that is why you are in front. So, one second. So we both

:15:23.:15:27.

will have to ride clear tomorrow.ly give everything to do it. Bobby is a

:15:28.:15:34.

very good showjumper, isn't he? He is a very good showjumper. I have no

:15:35.:15:39.

worries he does it well. I did the alternative route at the third

:15:40.:15:42.

quarter. I think that was a few seconds. But I am very, very happy.

:15:43.:15:44.

Well done, ingrid. Thank you. Mark Todd at the Hildon Pond. Now a

:15:45.:16:06.

little tap on the shoulder and just pops out. These are enormous logs.

:16:07.:16:13.

Well, this is Lauren Kieffer, one of the leading American riders. On a

:16:14.:16:18.

very good horse, Veronica and by Rebecca Farm. Her second ride.

:16:19.:16:27.

Safely through the Staircase. The Mirage #1k57 pond has caused some

:16:28.:16:31.

problems throughout the day. -- Mirage Pond. Perfect line in and

:16:32.:16:36.

equally perfect out. Brilliant style. Didn't have a good ride on

:16:37.:16:44.

her first. Didn't get round but now the Lake. A lovely mare. # oh, oh, I

:16:45.:16:53.

thought she might duck out but this is a mare, that with Lauren has been

:16:54.:16:59.

twice second at Kentucky. Well the dressage leader starts, CHistopher

:17:00.:17:01.

Burton and Graf Liberty. Over the first. An incredible test. Todd on

:17:02.:17:07.

his second ride. Back at the corners. He had that good dressage

:17:08.:17:13.

of 43.6. He won't go into the lead but he could get up into the top

:17:14.:17:17.

five. This a man who has won here four times. CHistopher Burton, a big

:17:18.:17:23.

threat to Ingrid Klimke and Michael Jung. A

:17:24.:17:45.

really good jump here. The mare, that Karen O'Connor rode and

:17:46.:17:48.

finished her career but taken over by Lauren Kieffer and has been very

:17:49.:17:52.

successful. Surprised she's gone the long way round. This is a mare

:17:53.:17:56.

that's normally quick across the country. Did have a nasty fall going

:17:57.:18:02.

across the gate in Rio. The Lake for Graf Liberty. A little test on the

:18:03.:18:11.

landing. Gets the one stride. Not many have done that. That just shows

:18:12.:18:16.

the scope of this horse's jumping ability and the length of his

:18:17.:18:28.

stride. So, Mark Todd, NZB Campino. NZB the New Zealand firm that

:18:29.:18:31.

sponsored him to bring him out of retirement. He retired in 2000. Came

:18:32.:18:37.

out for Hong Kong Beijing in 2008 and he is back in the top of the

:18:38.:18:43.

world. Could he have two in the top ten? A great performance that would

:18:44.:18:47.

be for Mark. Time ticking away. He is quick but not inside the time.

:18:48.:18:52.

Stops the clocks 17 seconds over. 50.4, goes third. CLARE BALDING.

:18:53.:19:01.

Mark Todd is another who had a smooth ride. How did Campino feel?

:19:02.:19:09.

Not the fastest thing on four legs but tried hard. Around a curse like

:19:10.:19:13.

this sometimes it feels messy but the good horses want to jump the

:19:14.:19:17.

fences and want to go between the flags and they try their heart out

:19:18.:19:23.

for you. COMMENTATOR: The great Veronica and Lauren Kieffer through

:19:24.:19:28.

the Quarry. They haven't looked the fastest around this course but thief

:19:29.:19:33.

jumped immaculately. Never putting a foot wrong. Christopher Burton, he

:19:34.:19:41.

won Burghley last year. He could challenge the two Germans. Oh, ran

:19:42.:19:46.

out of energy there. The horse just dried up on him and this is a

:19:47.:19:50.

surprise. This is probably the fastest rider of cross country

:19:51.:19:54.

throughout the world. Not normally a case of the horse losing momentum

:19:55.:19:59.

but he did there and so that's 20 penalties and puts Chris Burton out

:20:00.:20:03.

of the reckoning. And Tim Price had, well that's interesting. He has The

:20:04.:20:07.

Lake and going the long route. Unexpected. Not quite sure what is

:20:08.:20:11.

going on here but he's obviously had this planned. Oh and just a little

:20:12.:20:16.

cautious in. Maybe that's why he didn't tackle that big log but takes

:20:17.:20:21.

the quick route out. Gets the two strides and turns away and really

:20:22.:20:26.

wastes very little time. A little slap with the stick to make sure he

:20:27.:20:31.

stays going forward. Lauren Kieffer finishes. Lauren Kieffer, the

:20:32.:20:35.

leading American rider at the moment. David O'Connor the team

:20:36.:20:40.

manager, here trying to support the Americans but they've not had a good

:20:41.:20:45.

day and the surprise is - she's clear but the surprise is she is

:20:46.:20:49.

over time. Normally the mare is very quick indead but it is going to be a

:20:50.:20:55.

67.2 score for Lauren Kieffer and Veronica. That will put them 13th

:20:56.:20:57.

place. And here Christopher Burton, a

:20:58.:21:07.

little bit dejected after that silly stop at the water but makes nothing

:21:08.:21:14.

of these trick Y corners. And Christopher Burton coming to the

:21:15.:21:30.

end. Well that's fascinating. After the stop he slowed up. Was visibly

:21:31.:21:34.

going slower and look at the time, faster than most competitors out

:21:35.:21:38.

there. So he must have been right up on the clock before he had that

:21:39.:21:41.

problem. Disappointing but this horse was off last year, so he will

:21:42.:21:45.

be happy that he is back and showing the form.

:21:46.:22:00.

Tim Price and Xavie Faer a may scombroort of the team these days.

:22:01.:22:06.

His wife who rides expecting a baby in August so it is up to him right

:22:07.:22:14.

now. Up to the Corral. Positive and jumps it well. Looking good on the

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clock. Oliver Townend on his second ride. ODT Ghareb. Oh, tips Oliver

:22:20.:22:25.

forward into the Lake. Quick recovery. That shows Oliver's

:22:26.:22:29.

brilliance, strength and balance. He reorganised himself and the horse

:22:30.:22:34.

and jumps out beautifully. Still a big crowd here. Dogs, children, you

:22:35.:22:40.

name it, they all come here to watch this cross country, it is a big

:22:41.:22:48.

crowd. Tim Price comes to the Joules Corner. He has gone quickly, but he

:22:49.:22:53.

could come a long way up the leaderboard with a good, quick

:22:54.:23:03.

round. The Hollow for Oliver Townend. A good picture of the horse

:23:04.:23:09.

kicking out there, hiteding the flag. Perfectly legal. Under way.

:23:10.:23:19.

Back with Tim Price. He had a disappointing ride at Lexington, so

:23:20.:23:22.

he will be looking to make it up here. He is through the Quarry.

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Nearly in sight of home. And Oliver, at the hill done Pond. Almost lifted

:23:35.:23:40.

the horse over there. Keeps it going, keeps the momentum. Doesn't

:23:41.:23:47.

waste a lot of time. Andrew Nicholson on the great Nereo. This

:23:48.:23:54.

man has won all the majors except the title here at Badminton. Nereo

:23:55.:24:00.

now a senior but Andrew thinks he's in good nick. It Tim Price and Xavie

:24:01.:24:06.

Faer coming into the arena. Look at the time. This is very impressive.

:24:07.:24:10.

Probably the fastest we have seen all day. Faster than Michael Jung.

:24:11.:24:18.

We knew he was fast across the country but look at that, cruising

:24:19.:24:21.

over the finish line, one second within the time, brilliant. Nice to

:24:22.:24:26.

get close to the time and inside the time on a day like today. I'm really

:24:27.:24:33.

pleased. And on a day like today, it makes a real difference to the

:24:34.:24:35.

leaderboard. Definitely. I want to do a bit of dressage on this horse,

:24:36.:24:40.

which will come in future. It is not all about a climb. But it is great

:24:41.:24:45.

to come out and have a climb like that and testament to a great day's

:24:46.:24:53.

sport of cross country. Tait ate Andrew Nicholson and Nereo. This

:24:54.:25:00.

horse has won Burghley and several of the big ones. Could this horse

:25:01.:25:05.

now be in contention for this win? Dressage is good enough. The Joules

:25:06.:25:10.

corner for Oliver. Look at his expression. Eyes on the fence. Oh,

:25:11.:25:15.

doesn't get the perfect stride. Recovers quickly and stretches for

:25:16.:25:19.

that two stride. Not the fastest horse of Oliver's but he's doing a

:25:20.:25:23.

brilliant job out there. Andrew Nicholson. 15, 16 months ago he was

:25:24.:25:30.

covering from a virtual broken neck. A brilliant recovery. Now very much

:25:31.:25:35.

back on son. Gives himself sometime. Riding brilliantly. Good build-up.

:25:36.:25:41.

It is showing. Away from the Hildon Water Pond and he is on a good

:25:42.:25:48.

target. And Oliver setting up for the gates. We have seen them being

:25:49.:25:51.

rattled and broken pins. He almost lifts the horse again. And

:25:52.:25:55.

interestingly, he swings around the tree it is. To get straight for that

:25:56.:26:02.

final gate. Taps in 234 in front but leaves it standing. Andrew Nicholson

:26:03.:26:07.

coming to the Corral. We have seen him exercising his neck a little

:26:08.:26:11.

when he has been riding. Just stitches up. He wants the free do.

:26:12.:26:16.

Needs all the freedom to get ride lines and angles but he dozen that,

:26:17.:26:20.

no problems. They are looking good at the rail. Well, kicking and

:26:21.:26:27.

giving it all he is worth and Gharee Berks gallops to the final test.

:26:28.:26:32.

Tail squishing, ears back and the crowd cheers. A brilliant ride. The

:26:33.:26:38.

horse has enjoyed that cheer from the crowd. Gives a great jump over

:26:39.:26:42.

the last. Look at the time, as I said not the fastest horse of

:26:43.:26:47.

Oliver's but brilliant performance. 13 seconds, 6th position. Andrew

:26:48.:26:54.

Nicholson back at the Quarry with Nereo. 17 years' old but looking

:26:55.:26:58.

good. Full of running. Quell get a look now. Andrew trying it make

:26:59.:27:07.

every use of this great old horse. Filing down to the two big rushes.

:27:08.:27:12.

It is going to be nip and tuck. Very close. Remember, on that score of 38

:27:13.:27:28.

he is on, after dressage. Ingrid Klimke is there and Michael Jung,

:27:29.:27:33.

40. That means he canner hardly afford any time at all. Across the

:27:34.:27:37.

second last. Now for home. The horse is giving 200%. The crowd will love

:27:38.:27:44.

this. He's such a competitor and the crowd so knowledgeable. They'll be

:27:45.:27:48.

urging him home. He's not going to get there. It's.4 for every second.

:27:49.:27:55.

One slip, two slips, over the last. Oh, it is going to be close. He is

:27:56.:28:02.

not going to make T there we are, six seconds over, he goes third.

:28:03.:28:06.

What a round from the Kiwi. Clare Balding. He was so close to

:28:07.:28:11.

making the time. He looked close to slipping out there? He slipped it a

:28:12.:28:16.

few times but he is a big, rangy horse. He is older N his youth he

:28:17.:28:22.

probably would've pedalled the back legs quicker or less stride or maybe

:28:23.:28:27.

I was pressing a bit hard, who knows but when the ground is dry with

:28:28.:28:33.

green grass, you notice on a big horse, my first never slipped but

:28:34.:28:39.

she's like a pony. Early margins, barely a sense in it between the top

:28:40.:28:44.

three. Clear round. That's what we have to do, so the pressure is still

:28:45.:28:48.

on. Andrew Nicholson never holds back but look at the leaderboard,

:28:49.:28:51.

dominated by Germany, New Zealand and Great Britain moving up the

:28:52.:28:53.

order: 31 horses jumped clear and just two

:28:54.:29:05.

with inside the time. Not a fence between them, not even a time gap

:29:06.:29:11.

between the two top and then a gap to Tim Price. Now this is the final

:29:12.:29:19.

day where the Mitsubishi trophy will be decided. Now after vets

:29:20.:29:25.

inspections, three horses didn't make it through, one is Lissa

:29:26.:29:30.

Green's horse and Becky's who jumped clear cross country and most

:29:31.:29:35.

significantly, aleggs Ander Bragg 's horse, did a grab, they were lying

:29:36.:29:43.

in eighth but had to pull out. Emily Galruth had a heavy fall. She was

:29:44.:29:47.

taken to Southmead hospital and remains in intensive care. Our

:29:48.:29:52.

thoughts are with her and hope she makes a speedy recovery.

:29:53.:29:52.

thoughts are with her and hope she makes a speedy recovery. As well as

:29:53.:29:57.

today's action and seeing who will be this year's champion, we'll bid a

:29:58.:30:00.

farewell to a crucial member of our BBC team. Zblts appropriate that

:30:01.:30:06.

Mike Tucker is bowing out at Badminton. Born and raised nearby,

:30:07.:30:10.

he started competing here in the 196 #0s. He put on a great show for the

:30:11.:30:18.

BBC cameras. Tait tanchts Mike unfortunately is catapulted out of

:30:19.:30:21.

the saddle. Even before he retired he was getting straight off the

:30:22.:30:28.

horse to join the commentators. Oh, Lucinda takes no time. And again

:30:29.:30:33.

perfection through there. Combining commentary and riding must have been

:30:34.:30:38.

a challenge in 18 138 when he came oh so close to winning Badminton on

:30:39.:30:42.

a horse he bred himself. General Bugl he can. A natural over the

:30:43.:30:46.

cross country fences, dressage hampered his chances of victory that

:30:47.:30:51.

year but even so, only the great Lucinda Green could beat him it take

:30:52.:30:55.

her fifth title. Go on, go on, go on. For 40 years, Mike has been

:30:56.:31:03.

entertaining us with his crucial contribution to equestrian sport on

:31:04.:31:08.

the BBC and since 1992 he has been our lead comem Taitor all around the

:31:09.:31:12.

world. He has seen Zara Phillips grow from a little girl who looked

:31:13.:31:17.

up to him, to a ruder who became world champion.

:31:18.:31:26.

She's done it, Zara Phillips, the world champion. He's been the choice

:31:27.:31:36.

to guide us through the Olympics, first in London... What a

:31:37.:31:42.

performance! And last year in Rio, with more gold for Charlotte

:31:43.:31:47.

Dujardin and Skelton skel. Mike, it has been an amazing career.

:31:48.:31:52.

Important for you to finish here at Badminton? There's been a huge

:31:53.:31:59.

family association with this estate. My father farmed here, my mother was

:32:00.:32:05.

born here. This was always going to be the local gym karn that from the

:32:06.:32:10.

word go. Some years you rode and commentators, not at the same time,

:32:11.:32:15.

nearly! It was a challenge. One that one enjoyed because there's a lot of

:32:16.:32:19.

similarities between riding and commentating. It's all adrenaline,

:32:20.:32:24.

as you are well aware. Having done it, you could actually put more into

:32:25.:32:28.

the commentary. I really enjoyed that. You always had a particular

:32:29.:32:31.

strength of feeling for the Olympics. When did that start? Well,

:32:32.:32:37.

it started in 1968. We were all given the opportunity to go as

:32:38.:32:44.

grooms to hex co-and I was -- Mexico and I was very privilege to groom

:32:45.:32:50.

Cornishman. They won gold, an amazing Olympics. The one memory I

:32:51.:32:58.

have it is when I was holding the horse, the National Anthem was

:32:59.:33:01.

played. It was magic. I remember saying to myself, gosh, I want a

:33:02.:33:06.

piece of this. That is where it all stemmed from. You set yourself an

:33:07.:33:11.

ambition to call a British gold medal. That is dependant on other

:33:12.:33:17.

people. It took a long time to come. My word, it did. Started 1996, and

:33:18.:33:26.

it was London when everyone came right in a big way. This could be

:33:27.:33:33.

the first gold... Since 1952 and Britain have got gold! Three gold

:33:34.:33:38.

medals. It was wul worth waiting for. What a game to bow out on in

:33:39.:33:45.

terms of success in Rio. It is the fairy teal of all. Charlotte --

:33:46.:33:50.

fairy tale of all. Charlotte winning back-to-back was special. The one

:33:51.:33:55.

for me which was the best moment of my commentary life, that was Nick

:33:56.:34:00.

winning that individual gold. For a man's career who'd gone from highs

:34:01.:34:05.

and lows and remembering he broke his neck in 2000, came back to the

:34:06.:34:09.

best form on the world stage and that last day he did get better and

:34:10.:34:14.

better. It was magnificent. I had tears in my eyes. I'll be the first

:34:15.:34:18.

to admit. It's been a pleasure to listen to you for all of those

:34:19.:34:23.

years, work alongside you for some and good luck for today. Thank you

:34:24.:34:27.

very much. Very kind. And before Mike does his final piece

:34:28.:34:31.

of commentary for the BBC, he was out there in the middle of the arena

:34:32.:34:36.

to receive a very special trophy from the Duchess of Cornwall. That

:34:37.:34:41.

is what he uses to comment tat with and a picture of the British horse

:34:42.:34:48.

federation. Very apt she should make that press sensation. Our leader in

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the clubhouse is Mark Todd, at 61. He's going strong. He has two horses

:34:54.:35:00.

in the top ten. He went clear and on 58.1 penalty points, he is our

:35:01.:35:05.

leader. It is four penalties. It is one penalty for any second or part

:35:06.:35:12.

of a second over the optimum time, 87 seconds and the first horse we

:35:13.:35:20.

will see live is Oliver Townend. We are joining our commentary team.

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THE COMMENTATOR: Winning in 2009 on Flint Curtis. To finish on 56.2, in

:35:32.:35:46.

seventh place. But he's got No leeway whatsoever.

:35:47.:35:52.

Toddy finishing on the first of his two rides. He went out of word with

:35:53.:36:03.

Leonidas on 68. A combination which have not always

:36:04.:36:10.

had their best results, but Olly is very competitive. The time has been

:36:11.:36:15.

very influential throughout the day. That is unfortunately one down there

:36:16.:36:18.

for Oliver and another one. It is going to be expensive. It's a very

:36:19.:36:24.

good track. It is big, it's square, it's vert kasmt

:36:25.:36:31.

-- vertical. Although it looks a very flat arena in here, there's a

:36:32.:36:35.

gentle slope up and down and it does make a difference to the horses'

:36:36.:36:40.

strides. The downhills, just sit there and hold tight. A long way off

:36:41.:36:43.

that. That's a short distance in there.

:36:44.:36:51.

Oliver made it look quite easy. He's, I think deliberately keeping

:36:52.:36:55.

off the rails, acting for a little bit of standoff. Not getting him in

:36:56.:37:04.

too close. Another one goes. Already gone down more than three places. He

:37:05.:37:07.

was seventh. And the last. It's expensive. It's 16 to add.

:37:08.:37:21.

The time is all right. So 72 .2 for Oliver and Ghareeb.

:37:22.:37:26.

So, he goes down seven places. Expensive.

:37:27.:37:32.

Yes, it was expensive. Just kicked it out in front there. He got one of

:37:33.:37:40.

them earlier behind. And Oliver looks despondent as he

:37:41.:37:42.

walks out. Now the turn of Rosalind Canter.

:37:43.:37:53.

She's been one of our top young riders for quite a while. Here last

:37:54.:37:59.

year she had to withdraw in the end of the day before she'd even done

:38:00.:38:04.

cross-country simply because the horse's heart was not in the rhythm

:38:05.:38:12.

required. She went to burg burly last year. Really cross-country this

:38:13.:38:19.

combination went well. Rosalind Canter with Allstar B.

:38:20.:38:24.

54.5. Currently in sixth place. She's going to stay ahead of

:38:25.:38:30.

Yoshiaki Oiwa of Japan and indeed Mark Todd, she's got to jump clear.

:38:31.:38:38.

Full house. Absolutely packed. And we're in for a nail-biting

:38:39.:38:43.

finish. Britain want young stars for the future and this very much could

:38:44.:38:49.

be one. Certainly could be. She did a brilliant round yesterday. Again

:38:50.:38:51.

she did a great round at burglary. -- at burley.

:38:52.:39:12.

He wants to jump the fences. And Ross has done a brilliant job of

:39:13.:39:17.

jumping with him and on the flat. A real hopeful for the British team, I

:39:18.:39:21.

should think. Later this year for the European Championships that are

:39:22.:39:30.

going to be held in Poland. It is great to see some of the

:39:31.:39:35.

youngers coming through for the British selectors, so they have

:39:36.:39:39.

choice. Clare said one of her disappointing bits of news this

:39:40.:39:44.

morning was the withdrawal of Alexander Bragg and Zagreb, they

:39:45.:39:55.

were potentially another pair. We'll see that combination around for a

:39:56.:39:59.

long time, hopefully. The reason he was out this morning will not

:40:00.:40:03.

detract from his future career. Clear! And inside the time.

:40:04.:40:21.

Stays on that 54.5. Remain in sixth place. Recognition

:40:22.:40:30.

as a future star. He gets lots of height over these

:40:31.:40:34.

fences. He never touched the pole in there.

:40:35.:40:39.

Ears always forward, looking to what he's doing. Look at the height

:40:40.:40:45.

behind. So Rosalind Canter will be our

:40:46.:40:49.

leading British rider here at Badminton. A great chance to be

:40:50.:40:53.

selected for the British Championships. This is our leader,

:40:54.:40:57.

Ingrid Klimke, in that bright jacket, I love to come back here and

:40:58.:41:04.

watch the riders go for their final preparations. She knows the title is

:41:05.:41:10.

within her grasp. The people that can beat her, well Michael Jung, he

:41:11.:41:16.

can. He's over on the right. The top five are three New Zealanders, two

:41:17.:41:19.

German riders and Andrew Nicholson. What a story. The record of 35

:41:20.:41:24.

completions, but never won Badminton before.

:41:25.:41:28.

THE COMMENTATOR: Well, this is where every fence down gets to cost the

:41:29.:41:37.

winner of this year's trophy could get ?100,000. A record top prize.

:41:38.:41:45.

The second ?54,000. Then down to ?41,000. Then to ?21,000. So a pole

:41:46.:41:52.

will be very expensive. Mark Todd jumped a brilliant round earlier on

:41:53.:41:56.

his first horse and he is particularly good in this phase. A

:41:57.:42:03.

rider that's jumped right at the top level, at Grand Prix, representing

:42:04.:42:05.

New Zealand and showjumping as well as eventing. He could have done it

:42:06.:42:10.

in dressage as well, had he wanted to turn his hand to that.

:42:11.:42:15.

Such a good eye. And incredible balance. This horse goes with his

:42:16.:42:22.

head quite low. Mark doesn't interfere with him. He uses his head

:42:23.:42:29.

and neck to balance himself. The Kiwis hoo-ha r had what such a great

:42:30.:42:35.

record -- who have had such a great record. He probably jumped one of

:42:36.:42:42.

the worst showjumping rounds he's ever jumped. Dropped New Zealand out

:42:43.:42:47.

of a team medal and him out of a medal. I think that is one he'll

:42:48.:42:51.

want to forget. He will not be thinking about that at the moment.

:42:52.:43:01.

Brilliant! His showjumping experience of two Olympics have

:43:02.:43:12.

really helped him in that phase. He gets at least fifth place. Could it

:43:13.:43:15.

be more? Well, before we see the top four,

:43:16.:43:22.

let's grab a word with Ross. How did you do it? Well, it is just trying

:43:23.:43:28.

to hold, and I have never been in an atmosphere like this. But I am on a

:43:29.:43:32.

super jumper. He's consistent. As soon as he goes to the start, he

:43:33.:43:42.

clocks into work mood. Mode. This is a terrific result. A very different

:43:43.:43:47.

experience to last year? Last year we did the dressage test. He had a

:43:48.:43:55.

heart defibration. He had to go to the vet. We have been learning all

:43:56.:43:59.

the time. We have been gearing up for a good result. It is a case of

:44:00.:44:04.

getting all three together at the right time. We pulled it off. It

:44:05.:44:09.

could be the start of a very good year for you. Well done. Thank you

:44:10.:44:12.

very much. Now it is Tim Price. New Zealand,

:44:13.:44:26.

and this a mare who went beautifully across-country yesterday. 48.2.

:44:27.:44:31.

Along with Michael Jung. One of only two to go inside the time. But this

:44:32.:44:38.

a horse that hasn't jumped too many clear rounds in a final phase.

:44:39.:44:45.

He's jumped clear twice since he started in 2015 in eight runs.

:44:46.:44:51.

Very important he jumps one here. He's on 48.2. He has got one, but

:44:52.:45:02.

not two fences. A clear round would put the pressure on the top three.

:45:03.:45:06.

It certainly looked impressive so far in this round. As the round goes

:45:07.:45:12.

on, sometimes... Oh, certainly something there. He pushed and got

:45:13.:45:16.

the result he wanted. But it is often as the round goes on and these

:45:17.:45:20.

horses get a little bit flatter if they are not known to be careful. So

:45:21.:45:23.

far, looks good. The New Zealanders are trained by

:45:24.:45:37.

one of the top Spanish show jumpers, ever. He is a very good man on the

:45:38.:45:40.

ground. one of the top Spanish show jumpers,

:45:41.:45:41.

ever. He is a very good man on the ground. Has he got this combination

:45:42.:45:45.

wound up to jump a clear round at a crucial time? Got to jump clear to

:45:46.:45:52.

stay ahead of Mark Todd. . One like to go.

:45:53.:45:57.

Oh, a little tap there. One to G a brilliant round. Oh, he really has

:45:58.:46:05.

held his nerve. He's got a time fault, though. He's got a time

:46:06.:46:09.

fault. But that, I think is going to keep him in fourth place. 49.2.

:46:10.:46:23.

And he stays ahead of Rosalind Canter. Well, Mark Todd is with me

:46:24.:46:29.

so. Two horses finishing so high. Well done? I'm chuffed. A great

:46:30.:46:33.

week. Both have come out today and jumped well. They felt really good

:46:34.:46:38.

after yesterday. So I'm declieted. You know and I know -- I'm

:46:39.:46:43.

delighted. You talked about Rio, the worse Dave your life and the horses

:46:44.:46:47.

come out here and jump clear, in fact both did. I don't know what it

:46:48.:46:52.

was in Rio that upset him. I think he is much happier on grass for some

:46:53.:46:59.

reason, although he is a bit nooky out there, he tries harder What is

:47:00.:47:03.

your prediction? Who will win from the top three? Well, I have to say,

:47:04.:47:08.

you know, Ingrid and Michael are so consistent. You know everybody would

:47:09.:47:11.

love Andrew to jump a clear round and do well. This horse hasn't been

:47:12.:47:15.

the most consistent but having said, that everything seems to be jumping

:47:16.:47:18.

very well this afternoon, you never know. Thank you, Mark and well done

:47:19.:47:24.

again. Thank you. COMMENTATOR: Well, this a man who has had 35

:47:25.:47:28.

completions around Badminton, never won it. Within in the top 3 on

:47:29.:47:34.

numerous occasions. This horse has been good to him. Helped him win

:47:35.:47:40.

individual bronze in the worlds in 2010 in Kentucky but this phase has

:47:41.:47:45.

tended to be his weakest. Only jumped clear in the final phase on

:47:46.:47:49.

five occasions out of 11 completions. But could this be the

:47:50.:47:55.

one that really matters? And then gives him a chance of making that

:47:56.:48:03.

dream come true and getting him that Badminton win which he really,

:48:04.:48:15.

really wants? I must just remind you he is 0.8, not 8, but 0.8 behind the

:48:16.:48:22.

leader. Oh, he is living dangerously.

:48:23.:48:40.

It's almost too frightening to say anything watching this.

:48:41.:49:00.

Come on. Ah, the clock, he is going to get a time fault. He is going to

:49:01.:49:19.

get one but that's a all. That is masterful piece of riding in the

:49:20.:49:25.

final phase. He has done his job and so has Andrew. 41.4 his final score.

:49:26.:49:32.

It could be time faults deciding this. Well, we have never seen this

:49:33.:49:37.

horse jump for many, many years a clear round and Andrew did a

:49:38.:49:43.

masterful job out there. Absolutely fantastic. None of us wanted to

:49:44.:49:50.

speak, none of us wanted to breathe whilst he was out there and Nereo,

:49:51.:49:55.

lived up to his brilliant reputation of being a fantastic horse and a

:49:56.:49:59.

brilliant cross country horse. Now great in the show jumping as well.

:50:00.:50:08.

So, to the last two of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse

:50:09.:50:19.

Trials. It's Germany 1 and 2 but Andrew Nicholson for New Zealand

:50:20.:50:22.

right up there. Neither can afford to have a fence down to keep ahead

:50:23.:50:30.

and, in fact, two time faults - and we've had plenty with more - could

:50:31.:50:36.

also decide this. Michael Jung, double Olympic champion, double

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European champion and of course holder of the Badminton title when

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he jumped clear last year. He's jumped some seven clear rounds of

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his nine starts in four star final day jumping. But he did two years

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ago lose the Badminton title at the very last fence.

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He gave that first fence a little rub, which probably would help.

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Michael such a good show jumper and Sam is a very good jumper but he has

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had the odd fence down. We know it Oh, and there it goes. Well, that

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has moved up, putting pressure on Ingrid right now. Pressure is the

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dangest danger for both Ingrid and mike A last year he won in Kentucky.

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If he had won here he could have' set up another Grand Slam at

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Burghley but it is not going to be. He has been such a prolific horse.

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An incredible winner throughout his career and at 17 years of age, still

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looks like a youngster and gave a masterful performance cross country

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yesterday. Time to going to be all right. It's

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the one fence down. It drops him below Andrew Nicholson and Nereo. A

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final score of 44 for Sam and Michael junction. CLARE BALDING: He

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can't defend his title but this man could win it for the first time. It

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is rare to get a clear on Nereo but gosh you did well there? Yes, he

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needs to be a very good jumper and probably has not got such a good

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reputation because he has been fast at big events and the ground has

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been very heavy and they are not machines but he showed today he can

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do it and 17 years old, all I need now is Ingrid to help me out and,

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here we go, we'll wait and see. The dream will yet come true. We may

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keep you here and find out. COMMENTATOR: Down to the last. The

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overnight leader, after that challenging cross country yesterday,

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it is Ingrid Klimke on Horseware Hale Bob Old for Germany. 39.6, so

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she can't afford to have a fence down. Nereo now on 41.4, so, she

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couldn't afford to have two time faults. She could have one and still

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win but she couldn't have two. She would be the first female rider to

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win Badminton since Lucinda Freddics back in 2007 and of course in 2015

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she finished second to Chilly Morning and William Fox Pitt.

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Well, we know this is a brilliant show jumper and Ingrid said at the

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end of her cross country round that she's pretty confident about him in

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the jumping ring. A little rub there at the back. But then there is the

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pressure and the expectations but Ingrid is a pretty cool girl - oh.

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Andrew Nicholson has won his first Badminton title. Well, well, well,

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the crowd will go mad with that result. Oh. Well, we've had two of

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the best horses and riders in the world just have poles down and given

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Andrew Nicholson his first Badminton win. I can't tell you how thrilled I

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am for him. No, me, too. I couldn't agree more. Let's just remind you,

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particularly those who don't watch the sport on a regular basis. Andrew

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Nicholson to nearly broke his neck at Gatcombe horse trials in the

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final fence in 2015. He made a major recover rain sadly, it is all

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falling apart P oh, dear, Ingrid Klimke is one of the best riders in

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the world and she doesn't deserve this because she is dropping down

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now, dropping down the order and as we said earlier, it is going to be

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expensive It is going to be expensive. Poor Ingrid, it has gone

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wrong. But as well as Andrew, I would like to say a huge thank you

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and recognise Libby, the owner of Nereo, an incredible owner, so loyal

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over the years. You are absolutely right To the last. She is going to

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get time faults as well. It is 12 jumping and five, actually one time.

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It is 13 and she goes on to 58.6 and it is going to drop her down to

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fifth place. Well, well, well, one thinks back to the days of the horse

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she rode at Championship level for many years, she had some horrible

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finishes then but one didn't expect it today and... No, we didn't expect

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that at all. CLARE BALDING: I am with the man who has won Badminton

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for the first time in his career. Andrew Nicholson. Oh, hugs all

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around. That is aextraordinary. Your grandson there and son here.

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Desperate for Ingrid it went wrong but for you a very long time coming?

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It has been wrong for me quite a few times as well. I know what it is

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like and it is worth the wait. I can assure you, the feeling is much

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better when you've waited. You missed this competition last year

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because you were still recovering from a broken neck. Doctors told you

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you should never ride again? No my so you are on, a clever man, Jeremy

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Reynolds he is watching today. He told me straight after surgery that

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he had done a very good job. I had good, strong bones and he was very

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sure I'd be all right, it would be whether my mind would let me. So,

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yes, clever men these surgeons. I don't think there has ever been any

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doubting your mind. Oliver Townend was one who rushed forward to

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congratulate you when we knew you were going to win. We will have a

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look at those celebrations, you will see the strength of feeling around

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event riders and owners, how much they put into the sport. How much

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they know he has been through and Oliver Townend joked - it is the

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only way he gets on TV these days, which is not true. But that shows

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how much people appreciate... And the likes of Jonty Evans andestaway.

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These people who have worked for me when they were young, and they are

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beating me regularly at big events and I feel very proud being

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associated with them and that's why they are so excited for what I've

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done. Yeah, it's a good feeling. This is the won you really wanted,

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wasn't it? Yeah, it is the first event I came to when I came from New

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Zealand when I was 18. I came to groom for Toddy. I thought it was

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easy, no problem at all. You just turn up with a horse and take the

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prize home. That was 1984. I have learned it is not quite so easy.

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Well, you couldn't deserve it more. Lilly is in tears, and your daughter

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and grandson and Mark Todd wants to congratulate you. Let's confirm the

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place, Andrew Nicholson is the Badminton champiour fore2017. Toddy

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is congratulating you, over to Mike to confirm.

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COMMENTATOR: Well, in what has been a tough competition where experience

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has counted, it has been won by Andrew Nicholson, that will be

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without doubt the most popular result that could have' been

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expected at this this stage. Michael Jung was second and Tim Price for

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New Zealand in third. Mark Todd then Rosalind Canter, Marked to and

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Ingrid Klimke there too. Many congratulations to the man who broke

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his neck and who has come back here to the champion. -- to be champion.

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Clare Balding presents coverage of Badminton Horse Trials, one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar.

2016 proved a memorable occasion as Michael Jung became the first German to win the event. Jung had already won at Burghley and Kentucky and this third consecutive top-level win meant he was only the second rider ever to achieve the Grand Slam.


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