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What competition. My word! This horse has been absolutely brilliant.


Exceptional. What a fabulous combination. Pure class. He is way


over it! Welcome to Lincolnshire. This


glorious estate and Elizabethan house has been the setting of many a


film and drama series, but this weekend it's golden gate and gold


tipped turrets form the backdrop to one of the highlights of the


eventing season, the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. ?300,000 in


the pot in total, 90,000 going to the winner. We have horses here from


all around the globe. But the British riders have never felt more


confident, and that's because they come here on a high from having


taken team gold at the recent European Championships in Poland.


The horse doesn't quite lock on. This may be important for the


British team. Just got to hold together. We know


Great Britain are going to get a team medal today, that is


guaranteed, but it all hangs in the balance, all scores count. She has


done it. Britain takes the gold medal. Massive congratulations to


each and every one of them. They really are tremendous athletes, and


they will remember this day for a long, long time.


Tina Cook and Oliver Townend are with me. Many congratulations.


British eventing needed this, and to come back with the gold was


fantastic. We knew if we could put in our personal best, we would


challenge them, but to get ahead of the Germans was fantastic. And how


much does it help having Chris Bartle on the British side rather


than the Germans? I had my first job with him, he is a good man and


instilled a lot of confidence in the team, and he was brilliant through


the championships. And as you said, it is not just us having him, it is


the Germans not having him which plays a part. You both have two ride


here this weekend, so what are your hopes? You want to come here and be


competitive, I am the first out with Star Witness, he has finished in the


top ten twice before, but he struggles with the dressage. And


Calvino, he has been round Badminton in the spring and is doing well.


Very similar, Samuel Thomas, I followed Tina out, he was seventh


here last year, against rebels with the dressage but hopefully should


jump around, and they have an exciting new young horse, ten years


old, first time at this level, Balmore class, and I think he is


probably one of the best horses I have ever had. We will be keeping


tabs on both of you, and also Gemma Tattersall and Piggy French, they


are here along with a host of stars. New Zealand's five times Burghley


winner Sir Mark Todd, and Andrew Nicholson, who this spring won his


first badminton. A strong American contingent headed by Boyd Martin,


and amongst the British riders, Zara Tindall, 14 years after making her


debut which you finished second here to Pippa Funnell, she will fancy her


chances of winning the title on High Kingdom. We have had fabulous


weather for the first two days of dressage and big crowds, Ian start


here beside me, and leading the way, the oldest man in the field, Mark


Todd. Can you believe it? He will be thrilled, because leonine has always


been the favourite, but this was by far his best, and Mark Todd could


pass for a 20 odd if you don't get too close! He is right at the top of


his game, and is now talking about going to Tokyo, which would be his


eighth Olympic Games? And quite right, too. He is riding like a


young man, and he looks great. He really works on his fitness. So good


luck to him. Let's talk about Lauren Kieffer, over from the USA, she is


not far behind Toddy. Yes, and was second in Kentucky. Karen O'Connor


produced the horse, Veronica, initially. She had fought earlier


this summer, but if they are on form, they could be contenders. And


when Michael Jung is at an event, he did admit to making a slight


mistake, and was marked down for it in the flying changes. It was a


silly mistake, anyone can make it, but the good thing about Michael


Jung is he didn't react to it. He forgot about it and moved on and got


good marks again. But he is never really in the lead on Sam, he is


behind the leaders and comes through and finishes on that score, that is


what he is brilliant at. We have five riders with scores of less than


40, and the best place British rider Tina Cook will be thrilled with


that. She is in flying form. I watched her all year. Younger horses


coming through, she has never put a foot wrong, and the European


Championships just showed, she is such a consistent performer, and she


gets better and better in my opinion, and she will be delighted


with this young horse. Let's confirm the leaderboard for you: After the


dressage, Mark Todd in front, Michael Jung of Germany on 38.9, and


Andrew Nicholson going for the red double of Badminton and Burghley in


the same year. A very good test from Oliver Townend and Don l'amour


class. Gemma Tattersall, a personal best for her. But all of these


riders in contention, it is a very cramped leaderboard, any score in


the 40s is decent as well, so going right down to Tom McEwen who could


move right at the leaderboard with good cross-country.


So that is the leaderboard after one third of the competition, but now


the big test, and it is big. Captain Mark Phillips is once again the


course designer, and here he is making use of trees that came down


in storm Doris, this is a big jumping test that will take the


riders 11 and a half minutes to complete, but this is what it looks


like from the horse's point of view in just 90 seconds.


Well, if that took your breath away, let's have a look in a bit more


detail. 6400 metres, this course, 11 minutes and 14 seconds the optimum


time, and five jumping efforts inside the first minute and the


first major test at six, the lakeside corners. Lakeside corners


is a very serious question, it is about finding your line early in the


water and then go for it, keeping the horse straight and attacking the


corn is the key for me to jump it clear and fast. The more difficult


routes pass to the left of the step and John Podmore extreme corner, so


one jumping effort instead of three, but it is a difficult line. The


other way, you have to step up, over a log and a direct line to the


corner. Then it is left to the formidable but good jump into the


slate mine, and then the new part of the course. Storm Doris is a big


bowl, technical question. It is beautifully inviting, those huge


logs which makes it look a bit smaller until you get closer and you


realise how vast they are. The straight route is less effort in


that it is less jumping, but the actual size of the jumps, the


straight route corner is enormous. And on the left hand side you can go


corner to a log and then to another smaller log. It is just a slower


route. And then a little time up the famous winners Avenue where all past


Burghley heroes are honoured, and onto the leap at 13. A really tricky


brush combination with an alternative at 15, and then... For a


half minutes into the course, we come to fence 16, the Land Rover


dairy farm. Steep approach up this bank to a very upright gait,


although I think this year because we have jumped it already it doesn't


look so bad. We have an alternative over there, which is another upright


gait but on level ground, but it is going to take you quite a bit


longer. But it looks very imposing coming up the bank, let's hope for a


good shot. And we have got to be thinking, jumping a little bit left


to right, because over there we have 16 B and 17, all in one fence, so we


have to get that line right to go down the drop and over the corner.


It is a real test of the horses where they need to understand that


there is a job coming up, but they probably don't understand what that


is until we get to about here. Then they will look at, and they will


store over this fairly big corner no problems. If by chance your horse


runs out here, you then have an option of going around, jumping


another roll-top there, and then moving on around and jumping the


corner there. 17 fences effectively taken, and over 18 and 19. We are


now at the Rolex combination fence, which is numbered 18 and 19. These


are three seriously big fences, but from stood back, there is a line


through them, but it is just going to encourage some really positive,


bold, accurate riding. From the start you can see how wide this


fence is, you have to be really accurate here. Be positive, land


over this, hopefully we will be here, landing about here, and then


forced rides to the middle element, we are walking it here. Sticking


slightly to the right-hand side all the time with our eyes up looking at


19, the last element of this combination which is a corner,


requires accuracy. If you get in well, ride your four strides super


forward, get a big jump over this huge ditch, look up and then forward


on your four strides over there. You are here to be bold and give it a


real go. The alternative is quite fiddly, quite tricky, having a


bounce over this rail to a tight turn to a pretty massive corn on the


turn as well. If we run out of the final part, you do have a get out


just here on the right, but it is just going to waste a lot of time.


It is a combination that Mark Phillips, the course designer,


thinks is the hardest on the course. The captains log 21, and then the


most famous water complex of all. The trout hatchery is one of the key


fences. Bravery is needed. You have to make sure that you have plenty of


energy, it is late on in the course, you have to make sure the horses


focused and in front of you, because there are lots of questions, you


have to keep to your line, keep your shoulders back and focus on where


you want to go and keep the horse in front of you. It is very much a


4-star question. It is very fair, but it will cause problems. They


will be hoping to stay dry and stay focused as they head on past friends


24, Herbert's hollow, to the discovery Valley. We have a big


brush oxer, and if you over jump it, you will run past the hedge, that


would be getting late on in the course. It will be a quick, long


route, and not too strenuous on them, which you have to think about


at that stage. It is a tough question because it is late in the


course, and it is like Burghley, it is tough all the way. The end of the


course really twist and turns and undulates, and it gets no less


testing. Belief pit requires bravery and balance as you go down the steep


slide and accuracy when you get to the bottom to jump the triple bar


arrowheads on two strides on really dodgy ground. It is going to take


stamina, a lot of grip, I don't think anyone is going to do that


just beautifully and calmly. Panizzon, Concentration required as


they double back on themselves for Discovery Valley again and then the


arena home coming, the picnic table and the final fence is in Land Rover


finale. We have perfect conditions here today, the sun is shining, the


crowds are here taking their positions. The first rider on the


course is Tina Cook on Star Witness. Let's join our commentators. No


better pair to start us than Tina Cook and Star Witness, fresh from


her performance in the gold medal winning team. This horse has scope


and experience. Yes and Tina's involvement with racing as well and


the whole family's steeped in racing and show jumping and eventing, the


horse is so fit. She has them at the best of their condition. She is in


flying form. Everything she rides just is going well. I hope that


doesn't put a jinx on her. Because she is in great form. Three decades


at the top, Tina, but really fired up for this composition. --


competition. Down to the Lion Bridge water that, bit at the top is


technically tough. Looking good. On to fence 5 and 6 the lakeside


corners. One jump over a massive corner. Three jumping efforts, much


slower. Tina looking very determined, very


positive. Grit and determination on her face. And she is going to take


the one jumping effort. I can't see why anyone would want to put three


efforts in here. It is a huge stamina question, this course at


Burghley and Tina pops that big brush corner. This uphill fence


looks massive, because it is uphill, the horses have their hind legs


under them and make it look simple. Tina jumped it to the right where it


is a tiny bit smaller. There is no jump there. But not the perfect spot


for that big brush, but nice and close. She wants to save a bit of


energy as she comes town the hill -- down the hill to this new part of


the course after Storm Doris. A right-hand route. Probably going to


be the favoured route. Two long strides for Tina. The riders were


walking that quite short. Tina had to sit down and ride. The The name


suggests trees brought down in that storm. Now here is Zam. A no


nonsense combination. I have had respect for Harry and this horse,


Xam. They have had some great rides. Just the odd hiccup. Kristina Cook


and the Cottesmore leap. She makes it look easy. You expect that from a


thoroughbred horse. It is the top of the hill and they have the choice of


left hand route over two brush oxers. But she gets a brilliant


ride. There is an alternative to the right. Harry Dzenis and Xam. Lovely


spot to that brush. Wasting no energy. Tina Cook approaching the


Land Rover dairy farm. The white line is the direct route. The yellow


line five seconds longer. She is ahead of the clock. Perfect footing


here. Tina's on a thoroughbred horse. Makes that look like child's


play. What's Mark Phillips thinking now, too easy? I think he will be


sick at this present time. Andrew Nicholson on Qwanza. Just pops that.


It is quite distracting going under the bridge to get to this trailer.


But lovely expression from the mare. Tina Cook approaching the Rolex. The


direct route here, big oxer. Over a chicaner and then a corner. Captain


Phillips thinks this the hardest combination she has set them, do you


agree? I think there is a way through it. For me five strides on


the bends, over the chicaner and move on to the four on that corner.


Perfectly executed. Mark will be sick, that just looked so easy.


Don't want to put the mockers on, but she is doing it ever so easily.


Andrew Nicholson. Oh! Qwanza almost too brave there. Just took one


stride and said, I can do this, dad. Happily Qwanza is up and so is


Andrew, but he looks sore. The mare takes up and just cannot make it.


That is a great pity. Almost too brave from the horse. She had that


lovely expression on her face. She is a little mare, but Andrew said


she has too much heart. Tina Cook at the maltings. There is a direct line


and a bit more distance to the final oxer. A huge base spread on these


jumps. She just pops over them. Harry Dzenis on the dairy farm. He


is four seconds under. It is a big gate at the top of this. The rise


puts the horse in a nice shape and they jump the gate well. Really


positive. Nice flowing round. Tina Cook coming to the trout hatchery.


The direct route that is white line. The yellow route's a long time to


take the alternative. Here she is on Star Witness. That is a big brush on


the approach and they have to run through a puddle here. A little


hesitant, but a drop and a trot in the water. But keeps focussed and


Tina is determined. Brilliantly ridden. Well done both of them and


she is punching the air and clapping the horse. Claire Abbot for Ireland


on Euro Prince. 23rd after the first phase. They're a gutsy pair. This


always has a great expression on its face. They're taking the direct one


option. It is an enduring partnership, they have been together


since the horse was a five-year-old, now 14. The discovery valley here


the quick route over the big brush and turn sharp left. Tricky.


Tina coming down the hill now. The important thing at this brush is at


the top of the rise they have got to get in close so they don't overjump


on the landing side and then make that tough turn with the sloping


away camber. Gets the perfect four strides. It is no wonder she is


patting this horse. Claire Abbot down to Storm Doris. They're quick,


it looked as quick as Andrew Nicholson, but the horse backs off.


Harry Dzenis and Xam. Harry has been giving a great performance out here.


Lovely jumping. Gets the four strides to that brush and then a


steady five. Spot on there. Making this look pretty easy. Beautifully


through the trout hatchery. As Tina Cook and Star Witness, the first on


the course, head down now towards the Rolex grandstand rail. They're


well within the time and it is the leaf pit next. This is tricky. This


is seriously tricky. She is coming the quick route. It is a steep bank


down and two very skinny fences on a bending two. Tina, wow! And this is


great for young riders to look at. She is encouraging the horse the


whole time. 31-year-old Claire Abbot and Euro Prince for Ireland. That


was a bit of a scary one. A big jump over the corner. She doesn't seem to


mind, she just keeps riding forward. That is the name of the game, always


attacking. The last stages for Tina Cook so, far, so brilliant. And so


quickly back into her rhythm after the jumps. She is moving and


motivate rd, wastes not a second. A good indication of how close the


crowd can get. What effect does the arena have on the horses? They have


been doing dressage and the next day they will show jump. They can be


distracted. She made it look easy. She may get inside the time. Here is


Harry Dzenis. It has been a good round so far. And a good tapped on


shoulder, he said, stay straight, mate. And the horse responded. Will


Tina make it inside the time. She has 15 seconds to make it. She has


just got the final fence to negotiate and through the finish and


she should do is and she should do this comfortably and if you want a


path finder, you won't find a better one than that. A punch of the air


and a check of the watch. Fantastic. That is a great performance. Mark


Philips, the course designer will be kind of disappointed, but we are


thrilled. Surely going to get harder than that. Tom McEwan a young rider.


On the Toledo De Kerser. A real potential team member for the


future. Done nothing wrong in the build up to Burghley and started off


in a very positive fashion. Tom's got a lot of ability a lot of


talent. He trained with Mark Todd. Quickly moved his whip through there


from his right hand to his left hand. That tells you he is going


this bounce step way, so he can encourage the horse to stay


straight. I like to see that, the rider swapping the whip, it shows


they're thinking ahead. And easy. Over that huge fence that comes


after the lakeside corners. Claire Abbot on Euro Prince. Look at his


ears, it is just the expression is fantastic. He is still a double


handful. He wants to get on with it. Claire getting organised. Actually


shouting, launch. Never going to make that direct route. He is just


jumping through her hand a bit. Getting a bit wild and woolly, but


they're still clear. They have to indicate to the fence judges they're


going to take the longer route. Here is Harry Dzenis and Xam, they're a


little down on the clock. 57.3 and into second position. A very assured


performance. A brilliant performance actually. We turn to Tom McEwan, one


young man to another. Not the perfect spot at the brush. But


thinking forward. That positive attitude will help. So far the


favoured route seems to be that left-hand side. A long do strides.


-- a long two strides. It is great if they get it right like that. My


worry is the ones that miss. This just a check on the the time for


Tom. He is going well. Just a ten-year-old. A promising horse and


a promising young rider as well. Through the dairy farm. Lovely. You


couldn't is for a better path find tore show how it is done. That was


magnificent. I'm actually welling up. He has been here before and he


was amazing, he is a thoroughbred horse, but he rides like a pony. He


has the engine and scope and he can go from any stride. It makes me look


good when yourself sat on a horse that can do that for you. It could


be a great day for her. Here is Tom McEwan.


Quite brave, and stay positive throughout. They are flying, this


horses really responding. And here is Clare Abbott coming down to the


finish, this has been an exhilarating round to watch. It has


had me on the edge of my seat, but brilliant performance, into third


position, a bit over the time. She is giving him a pat, I thought she


looked a bit serious there, but she has had a fantastic outing. The


world number one, he needs little introduction, Michael Jung, riding


Sam, as he is known. He would have been higher in the dressage had it


not been for a small error. He is the FBI number one in the world. He


is pretty special, they are a great partnership, and they know each


other so well. Michael having a little look down to the right, and


not quite sure what he was worried about there, but you will remember a


couple of years ago he came into this water bit quick, tipped over


and broke his ankle, but a is sitting up, pops over that and very


quickly back into the rhythm. This is Tom McEwen, it has been a really


good round so far, as Tom comes round to take the Trout Hatchery.


That was a bit of a flyer in, quite brave. Luckily he saw that, to be


ideal that is five strides, but he took one out, that is flying. Sam is


at Storm Doris. Easy! What is there to say? Perfection. In the start box


and off riding Arctic Soul, 32-year-old Gemma Tattersall.


Dressage score of 43, put her in eighth place, she could be a


contender. I would think a serious contender, one of the fastest


courses there is -- one of the fastest horses there is


cross-country. He has come up with probably his best ever dressage test


this weekend. And Gemma has set up the most brilliant partnership with


him. They were fifth in this competition in 2014. Gemma won the


national championship Sergas all this year. She has not been feeling


too well, a bit of a cold, but that won't stop her. Here is Michael Jung


on Sam. And right on the time. We he should be for the minute marker.


And accuracy and perfection yet again. Just so fluid. Sam is 17


years old, but showing no signs of it. He looks like a young horse as


he gallops across, ears pricked. Wanting to get on with the job,


brilliant jumping there. Actually, that is quite interesting, that is a


nice four in there, and actually, they got five. Tom McEwen and Toledo


De Kerser, into the Leaf Pit. He is in a bit of a hurry. Well held, that


was a brilliant bit of riding, but he seems in a hurry. I think he is


trying to get inside that time. Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul.


Into Storm Doris. How do you think that is riding so


far? Apart from Mr Nicholson, it has been great. Michael Jung coming to


the Maltings. Very tight, economic line, wasting not a second. Keeping


the flow, great jumping. And coming down toward the finish now, Tom


McEwen and Toledo De Kerser, you can just see the clock ticking down, and


he will be pretty close. He might get a penalty or a two, but nothing


too significant. That is an outstanding round, and he goes into


the leaders well, Tom McEwen, it just 16 years old, and he has all


the talent. Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul


other Cottesmore Leap. Easy! That is bread and butter for this horse,


that kind of offence. And then already swinging left, socially is


going to the big brush oxers. And you couldn't see quite a long two


strides there, they have got to keep riding them. You don't like them, do


you? I don't, I prefer the right, but I haven't seen anyone jumps yet.


Here is Michael at the try Khacheridi. -- trout hatchery. Oh,


nobody saw that coming. They certainly didn't. Good jump in, just


looked to me a little bit like Michael was holding for an extra


stride, didn't give the horse much of a chance to see the fence, and he


said, what's that about? And Michael has decided to call it a day on Sam.


You'd think such, such a combination wouldn't make mistakes, but anything


can happen. Gemma Tattersall is ten seconds inside the time as she comes


through Rolex. And looking great. This horse as I said is very fast,


he is a thoroughbred horse and just keeps galloping as he comes to the


Maltings gate. A little rattle, but nothing to worry about. He didn't


cut much ice on the racecourse in four appearances, this horse, but he


has certainly made the grade as an event. That is what is so fantastic,


we have so many great horses coming forward to eventing. And here is


Zara Tindall on High Kingdom. A bit of a renaissance from Zara this


year, she burst onto the eventing seen in 2013 on Toytown, and she is


fired up and ready to get her career rolling again. She really got after


him as she came out of the water and said, focus and keep your mind on


the job, boy. Such a brilliant ride across the country, Zara, and this


great little horse bred in Ireland. Third in the 4-star at Lexington


this year. Tenth at Burghley in 2011. Quite a long that corner, but


the horses so reliable and stayed so straight on his line.


And away they go, High Kingdom and Zara Tindall, as we pick up Gemma


Tattersall and Arctic Soul at the Trout Hatchery. Showing that he is a


thoroughbred, and he is not going to run out of speed and stamina, he is


still flying. And quite boldly into the water, just got tipped forward,


decided to go the long route, and still flying. Do you think that was


premeditated, or do you think she had to improvise? I kind of feel she


had to improvise. I think she would have been intending going direct,


but just watch again as she comes round. Focused, it was quite forward


and a bit of a big stride in, and he just fires his back end up in the


air, tips in forward, and she has no choice but to go long.


CLARE BALDING: We have managed to get hold of Michael Jung. Tell us


what happened in the Trout Hatchery with Sam. I was too slow in my


reactions, and I lost the reins, and it was really my fault. So the horse


cannot see the jump really, and the question was what he had to do. You


made a decision very quickly to retire him. He is getting on in age.


Do you still plan to compete him again this year somewhere? , Think


so. Now we have a really long drive home, so we can think about


everything, and then I will ride him at home but he gave me a very good


feeling around the course, so this was just a stupid mistake from me,


not the horse, and I think he galloped seven minutes, so I think


he can do another round this season. It can even happen to the best.


Philosophical Michael Jung. Here is Zara Tindall at Cottesmore Leap.


Along one there, but High Kingdom responding. Now, does she go right


or left here, right of the skinny brushes, left over the oxers? She


has gone right! It makes me feel good, her dad must have told to go


right! Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul. Coming to Discovery Valley.


Nice, quiet jump, a good bit of accuracy, great riding, good


reactions from Gemma there. Zara is right on the time where she should


be she is to make the optimum. She takes a stride out, still gets the


right one to the corner. She knows her horse well and she did the right


thing. Gemma Tattersall at the Leaf Pit. Most of them going the direct


route here. It is quite risky for that drift right at the second


skinny, but no problem for Gemma, and she is still kicking an. And the


Trout Hatchery furs are. Nicely balanced, good jump in, and... Oh,


no! He looked perfect, and he just slightly drifted right. Zara is not


terribly happy about that. She is livid. A little temper tantrum


there. He leaves his right leg down, catches on the brush, and Zara had


no choice but to be a jetted out to the left. Disappointment. And then


you have the ignominy of walking soaking wet pass the crowd, and she


is being very good and letting people take pictures. She has


obviously said something funny to them, she is cheerful. Now, Gemma


Tattersall and Arctic Soul have a minute to get home from here if they


are going to make the time and incur no time penalties, and this horse's


round has been exquisite so far. Brilliant, and a minute from the


main arena, should make the time, all being well. Certainly as we have


said, this thoroughbred can keep galloping right the way to the line,


and she is riding for the finish here. 18, 17 seconds, one job to go,


and she is turning to that already. I would say she is pretty OK on the


time. Brilliant performance from Arctic Soul, and relax before she


even crosses the finish line. Even with a cold, she has done a


brilliant performance, gone into the lead. That propels her to the top of


the leaderboard with 43 penalties, she finishes on her dressage score


ahead of Tom McEwen, Tina Cook, it is one, two, three, four for Great


Britain so far. Boyd Martin, he is Australian-born


but is now based in America, an Steady Eddie. 21st equal after the


dressage, he was 48th on his Burghley debut in 2011. There was an


overreach brute lying in the water before that turn under the bridge. I


don't think we need to worry about that at this particular moment. We


have seen one thoroughbred, Arctic Soul, just finish, this horse also


came off the track. Ran 36 times in Australia. Modest success, he is New


Zealand bred. 36 runs, so he must be quite tough. Extremely tough, and


that was before he was four. CLARE BALDING: This is our new


leader, Gemma Tattersall with a blue Ligtlee around on Arctic Soul. You


had to think quickly a couple of times. I had to think quickly a


couple of times, and I have a horrendous cold and a bit of a chest


infection, so it was quite a challenge, and I started feeling out


of breath, and I kept putting my hands on the reins and saying, boy,


you have to do this for me, because I felt like I couldn't help him, but


he has got such an engine, and we have got such a good relationship, I


just pointed him and he said, there are the flags, here we go. Brilliant


round from Gemma Tattersall, here is Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie as they


come towards the Cottesmore Leap. This is my first year as co-coach


for the cross-country riding of the American team, and I've told him to


go to the right here. Let's hope it works. Brilliant jump in, and I


still believe that's the softest, kindest route for the horses. It's


good to see they are still respecting your authority after a


couple of days in the job! They will soon get rid of me, don't worry.


This is Izzy Taylor and Trevidden. 12th after the dressage, this,


nation. And this is a combination informed, won three big events this


season. They won that CIC three star this year, and certainly they are


informed. Boyd Martin is going well timewise an Steady Eddie. We want


him to go for a stride here, but I told him he must get five, and he


swings back and gets the four there, perfect. He must still like me at


the moment! There is still time. Ymansky, This is a thoroughbred


horse. He thinks the horse will keep galloping right to the line. He is


going to make sure he keeps up on the minute markers. A good turn


there. Nice jump. Continues with that brilliant stride. That


combination at the maltings has posed very few problems so far.


Great to see her with a lovely horse. She has always been a top


rider for me. Hasn't always had the easiest of the horses. But she adds


a stride in there. She doesn't get a great jump over the brushes. But the


horse is quick and sharp. Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie at the trout


hatchery. It maybe steady Boyd in a minute. Quite quick in. But locks on


to that brush. A bit of finger top control from Boyd. But the horse


responded and reacted brilliantly. Boyd's countryman, Lauren Kiefer


also riding for the United States. An excellent dressage stage on


Veronica, a Dutch-bred mare. This pair have twice been second in


Kentucky at the big competition. Has had the odd mishap. Lauren's come


off her a couple of times. Had a bit of a fall earlier this summer. I


would expect to see her kicking on and going for the time. Especially


with such a brilliant dressage test. Coming to the lion's bridge. Nice


jump in. Good, quick reaction from Lauren there. Picked up the reins


quickly. Back in balance. Accelerates away. Here is Izzy


Taylor. Still gets a five in there. You can hear her clicking, saying,


come on. A bit of adjustment. He has a huge stride. It is not surprising


he is well under the clock. Lauren Kieffer at Storm Doris. Looking


good. Back with Izzy Taylor now. One of the busiest riders on the


circuit. A big, scopy horse this. Fighting a bit with the contact at


times. You can hear her saying she is going long. Good call. Watching


I'm wondering whether a martingale wouldn't help with this horse.


Having said that, stumbled on landing. I think it would help the


balance a bit. But she has probably tried it and it might not be the


right answer. Does he look a challenging horse to organise? That


is the thing, when she goes to set him up, he puts his head up and


bites the contact. But Izzy know what is she is doing. Lauren Kieffer


is going quite slowly here. That will be a problem. She needs to pick


up some time or she will incur time penalties. You hear her saying, good


girl, but she was a minute and 20 seconds under the time at badminton.


Boyd Martin close to the time as they come through the jumps in the


arena. He is kicking on. He hasn't got the gallop he had earlier on.


Izzy Taylor and Trevidden to discovery valley. A great bit of


control riding from Izzy. Got a little chipped in extra stride. But


there was no doubt he was going to jump that fence. Another American,


Lynne Symansky, riding Donner. It is her second trip to Burghley. She was


11th after the dressage with a score of.5. Not always found the time


easy. The horse is quite short-striding. He is quite busy in


the way she goes. Lynn has to keep the pressure on and not give him the


chance to add any extra strides. She always favoured going to the bright.


He has a thing about right-hand corners. Here is Boyd Martin and


Steady Eddie. He is certainly riding a finish coming to the last. But he


is going to be over the time. But only just. Into third position. Five


seconds over. He will be happy with that. That is a great round. From


the Australian-born American. In that makes any sense. With a


Scottish coach. The American-born American, also with a Scottish


coach. No where near going to make that turn. So the clock time


ticking. She was already down on the clock. This won't help. Jumping


well, but just lacking that extra bit of speed.


Izzy Taylor, well over a minute to go. If the jumping's OK, I would say


this is another one going to be inside the time. Great to see her


with a top horse. I'm so excited for her.


Lynn Symansky and Donner. She comes down to Storm Doris. She is not


happy with the right-hand corners, but she is going the quick route. So


we will hope for the best that she stays on the line. A bit of a drift


right, but she held on to that left rein and got away with it. Izzy


Taylor coming to the last. She still has 10 seconds in hand. Goes into


second place. Just behind Jemma Tattersall, who is less than a show


jump ahead of Izzy. Here is Lynn Symansky, going well so


far. On the time at the moment. She was always going to go the left-hand


route. She wanted to avoid that big corner at the bottom of the bank. So


wasting a few seconds, but actually does it very quickly and is quickly


back into a rhythm. Another rider changing her whip for the corner.


Good to see. Lauren Kieffer and the mare Veronica. She will be


disappointed, it was an excellent dressage round, but this has been


too slow. Yes, it was great jumping, she did a good job, but wasted too


much time. I'm disappointed for her. Here is Piggy French. Piggy's


another one, great to see her back at the top. Had a good ride in the


European Championships as an individual in Poland. This mare went


so well at Braham earlier this year. She has to be excited about it.


Ninth after the dressage. She is one knocking on the door. A good fast


round would be brilliant. She said this mare can be quite challenging.


She tends to have a low head carriage and can get worked up. But


she looks on best behaviour. It is a big year for Piggy. A come back


year. It is and there is no one better, on the right horse she could


be in front of anyone. Looking fantastic at the moment. Great


stride. Only three horses clear inside the time, one is Trevidden.


You're in second place. Thank you, he was super. He loves to gallop and


finished full of running. He is a horse relative think new to you. Yes


this time last year we kind of met for the fist time. We did click


straightaway. But it takes time to get to know each other and all our


little quirks. But I love him. You can see why. Here is Vanir Kamira


and Piggy French at Storm Doris. Doesn't get much better than that,


does it? Line Symansky and Donner. He is a thoroughbred horse. He can


add strides. He has not got a huge length of stride. But Lynn focussed.


Good turn and brilliant jump over that final element and she is


kicking on. She is going to try for this time. I love the expression.


Look at the crowd's expression, never mind the rider. They're all


focussed as well. Grim determination. She sees her spot. A


bit far off. But Donner responds. That is Andrew Nicholson passed fit


to ride after his fall earlier. Here his on the legendary horse. He has


won here three consecutive types here -- times here. A brilliant


career. He has had a brilliant owner. It was


great that the horse won at badminton. You feel relaxed watching


them. Lynn Symansky and Donner. Quick, tight turn and held the line


beautifully there. Look at her, straightaway she is in that forward


position, back galloping. A lot of the riders saying that final element


is coming out at this from nowhere. Let's check Piggy French's time as


she heads to the dairy farm. She is very good. A bit of a wobble in


front of that corner. But a lot of height over it. Andrew Nicholson,


this is where he had his fall earlier. Piggy French at the


maltings. A good turn. Can those uprights be sometimes more


difficult? Yes, because you're galloping and the riders find it


easy to kick on to an oxer. An upright gate you can get


dephenomenontive. -- Defensive. They entered the arena with 55 seconds to


go. They should be close to the time. It has been a good round so


far. There is no question about the most experienced ride here, its Sir


Mark Todd. He has won the title five times, but not since 1999. But his


dressage test has put him in pole position. He is our leader after


dress Ang and that means if all goes well he still will be tonight. There


he is. Living legend, Sir Mark Todd. 61 years young! Off he goes. On


Leonidas II. How brilliant to be leading after the dressage. Puts the


pressure on though. Lynn Symansky and Donner. They will incur some


time Pennell tips, but not many -- penalties, but not many. She goes


into third place and the American coach, cross country coach is


absolutely elated. But we will keep him in the commentary box! I can't


do this on my own. Here is Piggy French. Kicking on boldly into the


trout hatchery. Really determined. Holds the horse left. It was


drifting right. You could see it hanging to the right. She opened her


left rein to stay straight. Took the flag out, but was OK. A good jump


in. Some of the expressions on the riders it would frighten you off.


They're so focussed. The horse drifts right, she says stay


straight, the horse says, OK, I will try. Sir Mark Todd and Leonida.


That was a fence that I thought was flat and wide going in there, and


Leonidas didn't go up much in the air, went very flat, but a good job


over the corner, and nobody has a better Ivan Toney. Here is Andrew


Nicholson. Just a little over the time at the moment. He is still


jumping well. Just maybe not galloping as freely and easily as he


has the past, but he is getting on in years, all of us. Piggy French


coming to Discovery Valley. I thought she was rather brave, the


horse fortunately didn't get too high, and she made a brilliant job


of the turn. There were gasps from the crowd, but she lucks to have


matters under control. And that is what counts, you have to know your


horse. Andrew and Nari know each other very well. Effortless jumping.


Mark Todd on Leonidas. I think that was a


miss, but he got away with it! The horses catch the brush with their


hindlegs, and it tips them onto the forehand. Into the Trout Hatchery,


Nereo and Andrew Richardson. And he took a stride out, I don't think you


meant to, but Nereo said, I've got it! Piggy French and veneer Kammerer


down into the Leaf Pit. She did a brilliant job of steering, but horse


said, I can see the flags, relax! Mark Todd and Leonidas coming to the


Rolex. Pretty brave for an old man! And here is Piggy French now. Coming


up to the finish. And they will get a time fault or two, but she is


pretty near the time, and she will be thrilled with that, this mayor


has produced a brilliant round. She goes into third. Gemma Tattersall is


still in the lead with 43 penalties, Izzy Taylor just behind, and now


Mark Todd and Leonidas coming to the Trout Hatchery. He didn't get very


high there, he went right through the top of the brush. Good jump in.


Looked as though he planned to do that, but didn't really line-up that


skinny brush at all. He is not getting very high now, I have to


say, looking a little weary on his legs, he kind of slithers over that


fence. I suppose there is a fine line between economy and effort and


not making enough effort. Hope you get over the top of the fence is at


least. Andrew Nicholson and Nereo, on their way home, perhaps just a


little slower than we had anticipated. I think so. He hasn't


been galloping in the way we are used to this horse galloping, but he


is still pretty close to the time. He has only got 45 seconds from now,


I don't think he will quite make it. CLARE BALDING: Piggy French is back,


and back in style! She is fabulous. I feel a bit emotional, actually,


because I just, she never feels like that scope E, and she got out there


and was incredible, it is great to be here and great to have a horse of


that calibre to make it feel quite easy, she is one of those little


mares that you feel will dive you to get through the flags, and she says,


it is all right, mum, I've got you! You don't get many like that, she is


a real trier. Back now with Andrew Nicholson, and he is going to pick


up a few time penalties here on Nereo, but still a good round with a


good dressage score means that he shouldn't be too far off the


leaders. He will be a little frustrated he hasn't made the time,


but they worked so hard, and then we have had a few nights of rain. It is


probably more tiring and softer than we think it is after the rain. It


looks perfect but perhaps the horses are going in a little bit further


than we think. One of the riders saying that the track rides a lot


softer than it walks. I think that is probably very true. Into


Discovery Valley for Mark Todd, and oh! What a day full of surprises,


first Michael Jung and now some Mark Todd. The horse has removed his


bridle. He gets a little inverted, get his head up in the air, doesn't


look at the landing side, so he guesses, crumbles and a spectacular


role from Mark Todd. Who would have thought it? And their ends Burghley


2017 for Mark Todd. He is Tim Price, another Kiwi, and a prolifically


successful one as well. This is a particularly good cross-country


course, Ringwood Sky Boy, a quality horse with a good gallop. He will be


trying to get inside the time if possible. There is a long way to go


yet. Tim was enjoying a lovely round earlier until an annoying error late


on the course. Kind of tired horse error as much as anything on his


first horse. But he is locking onto these fences, and not wasting any


time, keeping a really good with at the start of this course.


CLARE BALDING: We saw at Badminton that you can move up in the


showjumping phase, you did it there. You have a few to overtake again


here. I would like to have gone on, but Nereo is like me, getting older,


he doesn't have the Facey used to have -- the pace he used to have. He


jumped the last two fences in Matt Oakley, which gives you a good


feeling for tomorrow, and all I have to do is what I can do, and


hopefully we jumped a clear round, and it is up to the others to do the


same. Well, the day ending on a significantly happier note than it


started for Andrew Nicholson after the fall earlier, Nereo putting the


respectable round in the cross-country. Here is Tim Price


again. Coming to those two brush fences. And another one to favour my


route. It is much more pleasant to watch, the right-hand route. It has


a ramp on the landing of the take-off platform for the second


element, so the horses are jumping a better. Al Pathfinder is back after


that brilliant round on Star Witness, Tina Cook is riding the


horse that gave her a better dressage score but is less


experienced at this level, Calvino. They are both 12-year-olds, but he


is the less experienced horse, and as we have said, Tina is in flying


form. And the horse maybe a little green in places, but he couldn't


have a better rider on top to help him build his confidence, and look


at that. A great job there lovely attitude. Tim Price, Ringwood Sky


Boy. They are right where they should be on the clock as they come


to Rolex. Nice five strides and moves forward quietly for the four,


a little twist over the corner, but good jumping.


Moving on now to the Maltings. This is really a slow me down fence, it


is Mark Phillips idea of not breaking the rhythm but making the


riders ride slower and do some turns so that they don't just keep


galloping everywhere. It has ridden incredibly well all day, I don't


know that we have seen a problem. Now Tina Cook to the new Storm Doris


fence. It may not be that experienced, but


that was pretty near-perfect at Doris. Tim Price at the Trout


Hatchery. Another one who gets very high over that brush, it is huge and


it sits in a bit of a hole, and it is a big fence.


And again, didn't get very high over that, but a brilliant bit of riding,


and the horse went to argue and Tim said, no, turn, and then he left him


alone to get on with the job. Beautifully rhythmic flow to this


round. It is good. It is always fascinating watching the horses,


because look at that. He met that perfectly, and you can see a little


bit of arguing with the horses head, and then he turns and says right,


there you go, help yourself. And he kind of dives over it, but he jumps


it well enough. Now, our final competitor is Oliver Townend on the


10-year old grey Ballaghmor Class, hugely promising young horse. And a


rider who made a real splash here at Burghley, no pun intended. Made his


first Burghley and Badminton to boot. A little green, possibly, this


horse, but he has all the gallop at all the jumpy needs to get around


here, it is whether the accumulative effect of the course of this


standard is going to tell on the horse or not, but Oliver certainly


set-off meaning to try to get the time, look at that determination.


Always quickly back into his rhythm. Locks on the line, sees a good one,


and lovely jumping. And after the dressage, Oliver and Ted Mack one


were placed in sixth with a score of 40.2, one place ahead of them,


Kristina Cook and Calvino on 39.6, so good rounds from either and they


should be players. And what a great strike from Tina at Cottesmore Leap.


That was beautifully done as she turns again, favours the left-hand


side that gets a bit close, and oh! You can't say that was a third


strike, it was a bit of nothing, but Tina kept her balance, kept her


patience, and the horse did his job. Tim Price, Ringwood Sky Boy. All


very smooth so far. Smooth is good as long as it's fast enough. He is


certainly galloping on well. Here he is now coming to the Leaf Pit. Add a


little bit of trouble earlier today, so oh gosh makes that turn. That was


a good bit of riding, but a brilliant horse to help him out. And


as the day has gone on, the Leaf Pit looks totally different depending on


how many sun is coming through the trees, the shadows are totally


different. That is something you have to think about, and the riders


should walk the course at the time of day they plan to ride to give an


idea of where the sun is going to be. Tina Cook Rolex. That didn't


look like a young, green horse to me, that was a bit of class riding


and great jumping. Now, Tim Price is just starting to pick up a few time


penalties as he comes to the final obstacle, but this is a good round,


and we will see where it puts him. He has just had a check on the


watch, he has a few time penalties, but it puts him in third, excellent


round. Brilliant round, he will be very happy with that. Oliver Townend


and Ballaghmor Class. Another one with a brilliant strikes. It is so


good if you get a good striker that big brush, because it is a massive


ditch and fence, and it just saves energy, every time a horse touches


offence, it saps that energy out of them. He has spoken so highly of


this horse and the ability he believes the horse has. Tina Cook


and Calvino, just a little bit of a fight to get his head up, down that


hill running to the Trout Hatchery, got a little low. She has done a


good job to set him up. Low to that final element, but need jumping for


this stage in the course. The determination. Positivity. The


balance. And get the job done. Oliver Townend, Ballaghmor Class,


how is he doing for time, this horse? Very well. We wondered if he


might be green, but it doesn't look like it so far, does he? Fantastic.


Tim can have price, a few time faults and you must have known that


would happen. Yes it is about managing him at the fences. He


throws his heart over first you have to manage you can stand up on the


other side. But I loov him. When it comes to the clock it makes it


difficult. I started to press and I was happy that he was able to answer


and keep trying for me. Still a huge crowd here. And there has been a


hold on the course, because, well, our American competitors, Lillian


Heard, had a fall. But luckily Lillian was up. And her mount,


Barnaby, up as well. But after a fairly long hold, a lengthy hold.


Tina Cook has been restarted on Calvino. A horrible place to be


held. Coming down to discovery valley and the horse will be


thinking he is finished and has to start again. A good jump. Nice turn


and just a stride wasn't there. And that is so criminal. Because if she


hadn't been held that would not have been an issue. It is like cold


starting an engine after a hold that long? Yes, very much so. Your horse


has switched off. 15, 20 minutes she was held. The horse is switched off


and he was in such cracking form. How frustrating that is for Tina?


She can't let it get to her. But very annoying. You can see her head


go down, another good dressage score for this man, Oliver Townend, this


horse it living up to it name Ballaghmor Class. It is still


galloping and wanting to get on with the job. Here is Tina. She is going


the brave route. Locks on. Oh, and gets a perfect two strides. Even


more frustrating. I think she believes this horse has a big event


in him somewhere down the line somewhere in the future. Who knows


what will happen with Ballaghmor Class, the last competitor on the


course. A big jump. Just changes his mind and goes through the gap. That


is going to eat away at his time. He wants to make it inside the time he


will have to keep the pressure on this horse. Looking ahead. Big jump


in. And it doesn't look as if he intended going direct. Very


disappointing, finally we got a good dressage score and it was there for


the taking. But not today. He started to get a bit low with you.


Is that something he does? He can sometimes take chances at brush


fences like that. Sometimes when you have soft brush and you have a stiff


brush, it is hard for them to judge which is which. He gave the one


before a got whack. Are you all right? I had a soft fall. I rolled


off. Disappointing for all the connections and disappointing for


me. I probably won't have too many more chances. But that's the way it


goes. That's the way it went for Mark Todd and the way it went for


Tina Cook with that unfortunate run out. But she has regrouped and it


has been a good round other than that and through the arena she goes.


Oliver Townend down to discovery valley. One of the final main


questions on this course for this young horse. A big jump. Turns,


Oliver makes it happen. He had a slap, slap on the right shoulder.


Kept hold of the left rein and the horse responding brilliantly. Now,


Tina, Calvino coming to the final fence. She is disappointed. The


horse has a huge future. After the run out, she took the foot off the


accelerator. So she got time faults. So she is thrilled. She still has


two horses in the top 20. Here is Oliver Townend. The final major


question for this young horse. Got it done brilliant. Now, can the


horse keep galloping to the finishing line? He is normally


honest and I got to that angle and he drifted left on a nothing stride.


Just so frustrating. I just got him back so he didn't over-jump. Just...


It looked silly, but I felt I was a long way off it and he switched off.


It is unfortunate, because I was having a lovely man. Now this man


has the stage all to himself, Oliver Townend. He has a minute to get


home. If he goes clear, it will put him into the lead. The horse is


still adjustable. It is three short strides to each element and he


managed to shorten it and stay sharp and accelerate away. The horse


looked less fatigued than those who went over. He is 10 years old, so he


has an advantage youth-wise. Some young horses give you that much more


as they get older they get crafty, like old guys like us. But look at


that time. Is he going to be one second over? He is still in the


lead. Fantastic performance from Oliver and this brilliant young


horse. He has had so much faith in this horse, he told everyone how


good he was. A punch in the air, a man high in confidence. And he has


laughed last and he may yet be laughing longest. Oliver Townend


into the lead after the cross country. It took until the very last


rider to find out who will be our leaderer going into show jumping.


That was sensation Hall. Particularly given how long you had


the wait. Y. He is class. He does baby things, but he is very good.


You said you thought this could be the most talented horse you have


ever ridden. Did he feel like it out there? Yes he was babyish, he looked


at the crowd and there is a lot of things to improve on.


Confirmation that Oliver Townend lead the field as they head into the


show jumping phase on Sunday afternoon. Gemma Tattersall in


second. A strong British representation throughout.


Before the final phase the riders are trying to get the best out of


their partnership with their horse and some are turning to technology.


Russell is a sports scientist and he specialises in biomechanics and the


movement of the horse. What do you have on this horse? We have 2D


motion captures and we have a inert ya measuring unit. They along the


horse's back. They will look at how the horse's back is moving and how


globally is the horse moving and is there anything we can do to help him


and from a research point of view is there any equipment that could help


us. Let's see this in action. This camera is capturing 400 frames her


second and the human eye catches around 50 frames a second. So we are


seeing thousand joints are moving and is the left side different to


the right. We need to find out what is the horse's norm. And then we can


make changes. We are looking at Imogen's position and we have got a


visualised training jacket that has lines positioned that highlight


straightness. There has been many studies looking at rider position


and how riders are not aware of their position. So you can see you


have the vertical line, the horizontal line and on the saddle we


have a marker in the middle at the back and on the horse. We are trying


to work out how the rider is in relation to the saddle and the


horse's back. Your trying to achieve a better position from the rider and


better freer movement from the horse? Yes, the simplest way to


think about it, if you were on my shoulders and was sitting crooked,


how would I move in a straight line. If I was on your shoulders you


wouldn't be able to move! If you walked in a straight line, you would


be wobbly and the horses are the same. The idea is to really fine


tune what the, how the rider is sitting and working with others to


optimise the rider. Having captured the shots, you feed it into the


computer and it comes out with data you understand. What we are looking


for is how does the rider and the horse line up. You can see that the


rider is a little to the left. As a result we have a side bend of the


rider's trunk to the right. This is something we would work with the


rider. With a physio intervention, strength and conditioning


intervention, we could look to improve the rider to optimise the


whole system. This was capturing the high speed footage and you see the


horse has the markers on and this is what is called digitisation and this


will track the markers and this is capturing the horse's right side and


we will compare the left-side data. What we are trying to determine is


what are the asymmetries and can be done to improve them. It is the


first time I thought equestrian sport is getting closer to Formula


One and these are valuable horses competing for valuable prizes and


gold at the Olympics and you need this level of technology. Look at


the gold medal in Poland for the European team. Those are riders you


have worked with? Yes my role is doing the performance analysis and


at the start of the season we looked at riders working with the physios,


the strength and conditioning, the saddler and it is amazing for the


small part I played to see the athletes do so well. Now to the


final phase, the showjumping. And I'm walking the course with Oliver


Townend and Piggy French. We are going to walk what we have agreed is


the most challenging part of the track is that right? Yes I think so.


Remember we are trying to showjump poles after we raced them around a


race track yesterday. It is trying to ride a horse after you have


ridden the Grand National. You will have a lot of pace and this is where


the problem starts. It is on a five-stride distance here. And you


don't want to be too flat to the vertical. As soon as you have


landed, you have to sit up sharp, because it is a short six strides to


a square oxer. This is where you will see problems. Relative to most


four stars you have ridden in, how difficult is this course? I think


this is as tricky as you can get after you have gone around Burghley.


The terrain takes it out of them and they might be tired. I think it is


plenty tough enough. Is your mare a good showjumping on the final day.


Well I wouldn't like to say, she is a trier and I will have to see how


she is. Your horse produced a very exciting round for a young horse.


How does he feel this morning? He feels if fresh, he is naive that


will hopefully play into his part. He peoples as good as you could


expect. How do you wear the pressure of an overnight leader? Well? I


wouldn't go that far. I have been there before and it's gone my way


and not gone my way. We will see. Best of luck. I hope they both come


back safely and you're rights up there in the money. This is how


tight it is at the top. Our top ten will go in reverse


order. So we will start with Tina Cook on Star Witness. It is a chill


area day than yesterday and a threat of rain and a feeling of tension in


the showjumping, because the horses have been really extended over the


cross country. You suspect clear round will be few and far between.


Here is our commentary team. Into the top ten and the familiar face of


Tina Cook on Star Witness. This horse produced a superb


cross-country round, she has had to do it the hard way that he has had


two top ten finishes at Burghley before. Going at number one is never


easy, but what a pathfinder Tina and this lovely horse, Star Witness,


where yesterday on the cross-country. As we talked about,


she has got a lot of racing connections at the family, but her


mother was also a top international showjumper, socially is bred for


this game in her own right. And all four of the owners of Star Witness


used to own racehorses. That is a really good point. The


support from the owners is what we all rely on, and it is great that


they have spread it from racing into eventing. Having a little look


there, Tina put the leg on and he responded well, really jumped out


over that oxer. A quick turn, giving him time to see the fence. Nice job.


He is quite a look horse, he quietly looks at the fences, and she just


has to keep her leg on and say, come on, keep going forward. Brilliant.


That is a wonderful way to finish off the competition the Tina Cook of


Star Witness, she had wretched luck on car vino yesterday -- Calvino


yesterday, but this has laid down the gauntlet for some of those to


come, that is a lovely way to begin the top ten. It is absolutely


brilliant, and the pressure she is putting on the next handful of


riders is phenomenal. Look at that smile. And look at her mum and other


supporters! Christopher Bartle, the new coach for the British team,


already stamping his authority on the British team.


In ninth place after the cross-country, Boyd Martin for the


United States on Steady Eddie. Australian-born Boyd now riding for


America, very popular figure, and Steady Eddie thoroughbred who raced


in Australia no fewer than 36 times before changing his discipline to


eventing, and he has been very successful, too.


Well, Boyd did a great job yesterday in the cross-country run, rode some


really good lines. A tiny bit over the time, but he had to be happy


with that. But as they say, show is another day. Certainly got some


height over that oxer fence, too, good to see.


And the good thing is, Star Witness, Steady Eddie... Oh, a rattle, and


another, very quick to that double. The first two horses we have seen,


both thoroughbreds, he just got a little flat going down the hill into


that double, and just didn't get back onto his hocks. That put him


behind Tina Cook. That is the trouble with thoroughbreds, they can


get a bit fast and flat in their cantor stride, got to keep them


back. A huge Amat scope, but you have got to leave these fences up.


He did such a big jump going into that combination, he had to push him


out, always dangerous. One to go. Two down, finishes on 58, so Tina


Cook is in the lead, with eight competitors to come.


So here is Lynn Symansky, also from the United States, an Donner, known


affectionately as the deer. Another thoroughbred, comes here with a


score of 49.1. And this pair did probably their


best ever performance at 4-star cross-country ever yesterday. A few


time faults, but really positive, attacking bit of riding from Lynn.


She is quietly coming to the first fence, I kind of hope she gets a bit


quicker than that or she is going to get some time faults, but she hasn't


started yet. It was a good, slick cross-country round yesterday. Those


first two fences just a bit smaller than the others on the course. Yes,


but what I like, she is not rushing him, but what I liked was he gave


them plenty of height. Made good shapes over them. And look at the


height over that oxer coming out of that double. The vertical, maybe not


quite so good, and that was sadly just not a very good stride. I think


Lynn was almost sitting too quiet, and he added astride that wasn't


there. It is a good skill in that he has just rattled his legs and he


won't want to touch another poll, and he is going way up in the air,


but I was a bit concerned the way she started, almost two quietly, and


then that paid the penalty, because the horse wasn't quite switched on,


wasn't quite in front of the leg, and buying in front of the leg, I


mean he wasn't really taking the rider's aids properly.


He looks a little bit more awake now. And actually watching him jump,


he shouldn't have had that gate down. That was just a mistake.


Time is going to be tight, as well. APPLAUSE


So, a final score for Lynn Symansky and Donner of 53.1.


So by a ten double point she ages into the lead here, Lynn Symansky,


with seven combinations to come. You could just see her coming to this


gate, and absolutely buried on no stride. I think you put that down to


experience, that was a total disagreement between horse and


rider. She is still smiling, though. I don't want to put the mockers on


him, but this horse, Toledo De Kerser, is considered one of the


best showjumpers in this field. Currently lying in seventh place on


a score of 49.1, ridden by the hugely promising Tom McEwen, and the


horse has only ever had one Paul Downton in all international


competitions. -- only ever one pole down in all international


competitions. I will blame you write down the line if he has a pole down!


That you are quite right, great young horse and rider.


If he jumps like that, you are going to be absolutely right, Nick. Tom


obviously has a lot of faith, confidence and trust in the horse's


ability showjumping. Because he is just sitting so beautifully quietly.


The horse is just getting on with his job. He is not rushing him,


giving him time to play with his scope and get up the air. Tom based


at Gatcombe with Zara Phillips. It is what we all want, a showjumper


that can gallop and do dressage. Even a silly old man like me would


quite enjoy jumping this one! Don't ask me. One day, one day.


That is an quite a sharp decline, that combination, as well, which you


can't see on the picture. It is surprisingly how Darren Hill it is.


One to go. There you are. Poetry. Phenomenal round. To have the final


day of a three-day event on a horse like that, it is what dreams are


made of. He can relax as he has applied a little pressure to those


in behind. They finish on 49.1, just exquisite.


Here is a man who experienced mixed fortunes yesterday, the huge hero


here at Burghley. Andrew Nicholson on Nereo. Andrew had a fall on


Qwanza earlier in the cross-country, but he is too tough to give up, he


went back in with Nereo and had a couple of time faults but went


clear, so he lies in second. We are all still raving about the round


they did at Badminton. I have a feeling he might be feeling a


little... That was a rattle, but it stayed up. He might be feeling a


little tender after his fall on Qwanza, but he certainly wouldn't


let that stop him. He thought the horse wasn't quite as zestful as he


can be in the cross-country yesterday. Andrew said himself, in


his interview, that the horse was getting a little bit older, didn't


have the gallop that he did. But I think Andrew did a brilliant job,


because he didn't over Rush the horse, he kept a good gear up, and


it is when this horse -- not a good one, yikes! I kind of think Andrew


just added another one, almost too many. So he goes behind Tom McEwen.


A couple down so far, but Andrew has to be happy with that, because the


horse really, really tried his socks off. Finishes on 57.1, moving behind


Tom McEwen, Tina Cook and Lynn Symansky.


Now, you heard from her earlier, here she is, Piggy French on Vanir


Kamira, who gave everything yesterday. And this combination 50%


clear rounds this season, and this the highest placed me in the field,


Vanir Kamira, it has been a great, comeback season for her so far. It


certainly has, a fantastic news for the British team that she has


another top horse, in fact two top horses in the string already. But it


is the biggest challenge the horses face so far, and with a 50% average


going clear, it's a big ask to expect it to go clear, but it is


certainly a very, very talented mare. Brought forward a score of


46.9 to the showjumping, leaving her in fifth place. And she just looks,


jumping well but just looks a little green in between the fences,


distracted a little by the atmosphere and the crowds. It's a


huge ask for young horses when they are not used to this. Sometimes it


works to your benefit, and sometimes you really suffer. But what I'm


liking is although she was a little bit wobbly on the turns, she is


actually putting lots of effort into her jumps.


And piggy did say in her interview, a few rattles, that the horse is


never given her a huge feel, but she just thrives, the bigger the fences,


so perhaps the same as the cross-country, the showjumping, the


height is going to help. APPLAUSE


Brilliant. Good Piggy French, clear round, 46.9, puts her into the lead.


And she will be fifth at worst, with four competitors to come. Superb


performance on this mare, who will be the highest placed mare at


Burghley this year. And the mare really tries down the hill, and


Piggy just keeps her position, keeps her balance, stay straight. And a


good punch of the air. So into the top four now. On 46.5,


Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy have nothing in hand over Piggy French.


So he can't afford to have one down. He had three down last year at


Burghley and two down at Lexington. I think he would concede that


showjumping is not his strongest suite. If you're true to form, he


helped Tom McEwen jump a clear round, you're not too confident


here. Stop it, I hope he is defying history. So will he be!


A very good eye in the showjumping. It is interesting when they come


into the ring, you watch them jump the first two fences, it gives you a


fair indication of what they're capable of.


This horse has jumped very well over the first third of the course. As


they get tired and a little more strung out after the cross country,


it all counts. I like that Timis incredibly soft


with his hands in front of every fence. Helps it and just, he picked


it up a bit there. He got a bit panicked. A lovely soft rein


contact. If you can keep... Goes behind Piggy


French. So 50.5 Tim Price finished on. He


will be pleased with that given Ringwood Sky Boy's record in the


show jumping. Tom McEwen is with Claire. Guaranteed a British winner


and it could be you, Piggy French. What a good clear round? She was


fabulous, I don't think I will be winning, but you know I came here


hoping for a top ten, because I haven't managed it. Often eat the


Burghley dirt when I try it here. So a top tennis fantastic. So to finish


at worst fourth is great. Where were you last time and what were you


thinking? I had my little boy Max and had a full season off. It is


great to get back and to get back to this level. I'm so grateful for the


support. Well done. The last British woman to win Burghley was Pippa


Funnel in 2003. But they're all snapping at the heels of Oliver


Townend. Izzy Taylor on Trevidden. They have had a wonderful season,


winning events at the three star level. But here at four star level


yesterday they were brilliant at cross country. Oh. Not a great


start. Piggy French is now guaranteed


third. This lovely horse of Izzy's Trevidden. The vet's inspection this


morning... He was just held... The vet had another look at him and then


they decided he was OK to jump. But watching him cross country he has a


high head carriage and a bit rangy. We talked about his big stride.


Occasionally he flicks his front legs at the jumps.


Just again not... Not convincing. He doesn't look that confident at


times. Prior to this, this horse had only had one rail down in seven


showjumping events. Maybe yesterday is making him more legged.


Yes that can be it. Especially the first time they have jumped this


sort of track. This is a learning curve. An


expensive round, but what a star for the future. A brilliant cross


country round yesterday. Caught people's eye. 57.6 and Izzy Taylor


moves down a few places. To 9th. Gemma Tattersall in second with a


score of 43. Arctic Soul is her ride. This ex-race horse that


developed a real following. Gemma said she was feeling unwell and had


been suffering with a chest infection. Said Arctic Soul had


helped her yesterday. In fairness to her she has got the best out of this


horse since she has had him. Yes, it is a great partnership now.


Provided he doesn't get too revved up, he can be very consistent in


this phase 2. A big jump coming out of the double.


Gemma was unseated and pitched up his neck.


Ooh, a good rattle there. Got close to that oxer. Rattled it in front.


Getting a little keen there. He was a little over the top of his legs


there. Gemma is saying, listen to me boy,


wait for me. Is he deep again? Living dangerously.


How the first element of that combination staid up, I don't know.


Oh! I was about to say she trusts him. Well, he just had a moment of


distraction. What a shame for Gemma Tattersall. That moves her behind


Piggy French. She will be third at worst, Gemma. Terrific Burghley and


she is still thrilled. She has had a real purple patch. Watch how high


the horse gets. Gemma's leg, lower leg shot back and she was way up in


the air. He just had a look down at that. Didn't quite go high enough.


Here he is then, Oliver Townend. He has one fence in hand. He can afford


to have one fence down. But not two. If he has more than one fence down,


victory will go not to him but ironically to his former partner of


seven years, Piggy French. They're still great friends. Oliver, who won


Burghley in 2009. This his golden chance to shine on the biggest


stage, which you sense that he and everybody else feels he belongs on.


Oliver and this lovely young horse did a brilliant job yesterday and he


is jumping over the first couple offences. I had a chat with him, his


view was whatever happens today, it is probably the best horse he has


ever had. Over! He guessed at that one. He has


actually got a jump in hand. But he can't have another mistake.


This is keeping us right on the edge of our seats right to the very last!


Will that help him concentrate? It was a big mistake.


Oliver is particularly brilliant in this phase. That won't have rattled


him. The tension is hanging in his humid


air here at Burghley. He's done it! He has done it. Oliver


Townend back at Burghley in the big time. One down early in his round,


but nerves of steel. This super cool rider and you can see what it means


to him. He has won on Ballaghmor Class, all class, a hugely exciting


young horse, a horse he dubbed the most talented he has ever ridden.


And that is why. Oliver Townend's victory, the first for a British


rider since 2011 at Burghley and a one, two, three, four for Britain.


He has the winner's sash. We could see how much this means to you. It


is a good feel being, it has felt a long time since my last one. I'm


still relatively young. Good to get another one out of the way. What


were you thinking going into the arena and when you had the gate


down? Not much. He's good jumper, he is young and the first time he has


been on this level and gone that distance. I couldn't be happier. I


looked in the collecting ring and thought I wouldn't swap my horse for


anyone here. So that is a good feeling. For you being on top of a


class field? It is good for the future, I have two ten-year-olds


that are top class and an eleven-year-old that are top class.


We have had a rough time. Everyone thinks, I have never seen it as a


rough time. But it is about building for the future and it takes a long


time to produce them to this level and we have go through a lot of


numbers to get the class ones. But hopefully I'm going to start and cut


down. I have said it for years and to concentrate on the top level


ones. Hopefully people will send more after that. Well done, Oliver


Townend has won this year. Thank you for watching. Victory has gone to


Britain and in fact a British one, two, three. Goodbye.


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