Highlights Equestrian: Burghley Horse Trials


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

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

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over it! Welcome to Lincolnshire. This

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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taken team gold at the recent European Championships in Poland.

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

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British team. Just got to hold together. We know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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move right at the leaderboard with good cross-country.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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just beautifully and calmly. Panizzon, Concentration required as

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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slower. Tina looking very determined, very

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:29:13.:29:17.

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

:29:18.:29:22.

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

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

:29:30.:29:36.

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

:29:37.:29:46.

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

:29:47.:29:53.

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

:29:54.:29:59.

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

:30:00.:30:05.

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

:30:06.:30:12.

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

:30:13.:30:18.

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

:30:19.:30:25.

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

:30:26.:30:31.

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

:30:32.:30:35.

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

:30:36.:30:40.

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

:30:41.:30:44.

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

:30:45.:30:47.

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

:30:48.:30:56.

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

:30:57.:31:07.

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

:31:08.:31:12.

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

:31:13.:31:17.

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

:31:18.:31:21.

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

:31:22.:31:25.

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

:31:26.:31:30.

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

:31:31.:31:37.

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

:31:38.:31:44.

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

:31:45.:31:48.

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

:31:49.:31:54.

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

:31:55.:32:03.

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

:32:04.:32:13.

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

:32:14.:32:17.

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

:32:18.:32:25.

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

:32:26.:32:28.

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

:32:29.:32:33.

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

:32:34.:32:36.

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

:32:37.:32:46.

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

:32:47.:32:50.

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

:32:51.:32:58.

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

:32:59.:33:03.

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

:33:04.:33:11.

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

:33:12.:33:22.

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

:33:23.:33:32.

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

:33:33.:33:36.

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

:33:37.:33:44.

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

:33:45.:33:49.

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

:33:50.:33:56.

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

:33:57.:34:01.

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

:34:02.:34:06.

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

:34:07.:34:08.

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

:34:09.:34:20.

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

:34:21.:34:29.

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

:34:30.:34:36.

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

:34:37.:34:41.

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

:34:42.:34:45.

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

:34:46.:34:50.

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

:34:51.:34:54.

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

:34:55.:34:57.

the talent. Gemma Tattersall and Arctic Soul

:34:58.:35:05.

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

:35:06.:35:11.

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

:35:12.:35:18.

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

:35:19.:35:22.

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

:35:23.:35:28.

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

:35:29.:35:31.

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

:35:32.:35:45.

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

:35:46.:35:53.

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

:35:54.:35:56.

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

:35:57.:36:02.

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

:36:03.:36:13.

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

:36:14.:36:17.

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

:36:18.:36:21.

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

:36:22.:36:26.

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

:36:27.:36:33.

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

:36:34.:36:38.

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

:36:39.:36:42.

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

:36:43.:36:46.

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

:36:47.:36:52.

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

:36:53.:36:59.

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

:37:00.:37:03.

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

:37:04.:37:08.

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

:37:09.:37:13.

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

:37:14.:37:25.

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

:37:26.:37:30.

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

:37:31.:37:37.

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

:37:38.:37:43.

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

:37:44.:37:50.

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

:37:51.:37:54.

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

:37:55.:37:59.

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

:38:00.:38:05.

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

:38:06.:38:08.

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

:38:09.:38:12.

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

:38:13.:38:17.

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

:38:18.:38:24.

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

:38:25.:38:28.

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

:38:29.:38:33.

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

:38:34.:38:37.

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

:38:38.:38:44.

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

:38:45.:38:49.

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

:38:50.:38:52.

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

:38:53.:38:57.

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

:38:58.:39:03.

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

:39:04.:39:09.

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

:39:10.:39:13.

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

:39:14.:39:18.

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

:39:19.:39:20.

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

:39:21.:39:31.

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

:39:32.:39:37.

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

:39:38.:39:41.

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

:39:42.:39:47.

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

:39:48.:39:52.

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

:39:53.:40:01.

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

:40:02.:40:08.

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

:40:09.:40:13.

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

:40:14.:40:16.

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

:40:17.:40:22.

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

:40:23.:40:30.

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

:40:31.:40:35.

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

:40:36.:40:49.

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

:40:50.:41:00.

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

:41:01.:41:08.

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

:41:09.:41:15.

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

:41:16.:41:19.

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

:41:20.:41:25.

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

:41:26.:41:30.

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

:41:31.:41:34.

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

:41:35.:41:38.

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

:41:39.:41:42.

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

:41:43.:41:47.

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

:41:48.:41:51.

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

:41:52.:41:55.

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

:41:56.:41:59.

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

:42:00.:42:05.

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

:42:06.:42:12.

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

:42:13.:42:16.

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

:42:17.:42:19.

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

:42:20.:42:25.

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

:42:26.:42:30.

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

:42:31.:42:37.

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

:42:38.:42:41.

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

:42:42.:42:48.

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

:42:49.:42:56.

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

:42:57.:43:02.

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

:43:03.:43:06.

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

:43:07.:43:13.

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

:43:14.:43:19.

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

:43:20.:43:21.

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

:43:22.:43:31.

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

:43:32.:43:37.

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

:43:38.:43:41.

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

:43:42.:43:45.

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

:43:46.:43:49.

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

:43:50.:43:52.

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

:43:53.:43:57.

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

:43:58.:44:01.

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

:44:02.:44:06.

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

:44:07.:44:11.

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

:44:12.:44:17.

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

:44:18.:44:21.

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

:44:22.:44:28.

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

:44:29.:44:32.

good to see they are still respecting your authority after a

:44:33.:44:36.

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

:44:37.:44:43.

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

:44:44.:44:50.

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

:44:51.:44:56.

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

:44:57.:45:00.

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

:45:01.:45:06.

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

:45:07.:45:11.

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

:45:12.:45:13.

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

:45:14.:45:23.

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

:45:24.:45:28.

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

:45:29.:45:37.

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

:45:38.:45:44.

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

:45:45.:45:53.

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

:45:54.:45:59.

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

:46:00.:46:05.

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

:46:06.:46:11.

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

:46:12.:46:18.

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

:46:19.:46:27.

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

:46:28.:46:37.

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

:46:38.:46:43.

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

:46:44.:46:51.

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

:46:52.:46:57.

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

:46:58.:47:05.

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

:47:06.:47:12.

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

:47:13.:47:21.

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

:47:22.:47:27.

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

:47:28.:47:34.

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

:47:35.:47:50.

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

:47:51.:47:55.

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

:47:56.:48:05.

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

:48:06.:48:12.

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

:48:13.:48:20.

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

:48:21.:48:25.

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

:48:26.:48:31.

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

:48:32.:48:34.

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

:48:35.:48:39.

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

:48:40.:48:43.

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

:48:44.:48:49.

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

:48:50.:48:53.

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

:48:54.:49:02.

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

:49:03.:49:08.

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

:49:09.:49:13.

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

:49:14.:49:22.

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

:49:23.:49:30.

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

:49:31.:49:37.

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

:49:38.:49:43.

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

:49:44.:49:47.

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

:49:48.:50:04.

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

:50:05.:50:11.

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

:50:12.:50:18.

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

:50:19.:50:24.

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

:50:25.:50:29.

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

:50:30.:50:35.

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

:50:36.:50:42.

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

:50:43.:50:47.

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

:50:48.:50:53.

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

:50:54.:50:59.

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

:51:00.:51:07.

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

:51:08.:51:10.

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

:51:11.:51:16.

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

:51:17.:51:23.

well, but just lacking that extra bit of speed.

:51:24.:51:31.

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

:51:32.:51:37.

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

:51:38.:51:41.

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

:51:42.:51:53.

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

:51:54.:52:04.

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

:52:05.:52:10.

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

:52:11.:52:15.

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

:52:16.:52:28.

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

:52:29.:52:38.

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

:52:39.:52:40.

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

:52:41.:52:52.

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

:52:53.:52:57.

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

:52:58.:53:02.

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

:53:03.:53:08.

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

:53:09.:53:15.

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

:53:16.:53:21.

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

:53:22.:53:27.

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

:53:28.:53:34.

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

:53:35.:53:41.

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

:53:42.:53:47.

European Championships as an individual in Poland. This mare went

:53:48.:53:55.

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

:53:56.:54:00.

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

:54:01.:54:04.

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

:54:05.:54:09.

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

:54:10.:54:14.

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

:54:15.:54:20.

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

:54:21.:54:26.

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

:54:27.:54:34.

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

:54:35.:54:38.

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

:54:39.:54:47.

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

:54:48.:54:52.

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

:54:53.:54:56.

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

:54:57.:55:04.

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

:55:05.:55:13.

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

:55:14.:55:24.

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

:55:25.:55:29.

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

:55:30.:55:34.

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

:55:35.:55:37.

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

:55:38.:55:41.

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

:55:42.:55:44.

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

:55:45.:55:58.

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

:55:59.:56:05.

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

:56:06.:56:18.

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

:56:19.:56:21.

career. He has had a brilliant owner. It was

:56:22.:56:47.

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

:56:48.:57:06.

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

:57:07.:57:10.

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

:57:11.:57:15.

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

:57:16.:57:22.

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

:57:23.:57:28.

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

:57:29.:57:33.

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

:57:34.:57:43.

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

:57:44.:57:58.

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

:57:59.:58:02.

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

:58:03.:58:07.

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

:58:08.:58:16.

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

:58:17.:58:20.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:59:22.:59:26.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:00:54.:01:02.

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

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

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

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

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

:01:25.:01:29.

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

:01:30.:01:39.

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

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Mark Todd on Leonidas. I think that was a

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

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

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

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

:02:28.:02:41.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:03:27.:03:38.

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

:03:39.:03:42.

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

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

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

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

:04:05.:04:08.

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

:04:09.:04:13.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

:04:52.:04:58.

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

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

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

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

:05:17.:05:20.

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

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

:05:27.:05:30.

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

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

:05:35.:05:37.

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

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

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

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

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

:05:56.:05:59.

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

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

:06:06.:06:11.

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

:06:12.:06:15.

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

:06:16.:06:20.

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

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

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

:06:37.:06:47.

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

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

:06:53.:06:56.

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

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

:07:04.:07:10.

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

:07:11.:07:17.

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

:07:18.:07:21.

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

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

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

:07:34.:07:39.

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

:07:40.:07:43.

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

:07:44.:07:49.

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

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

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

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

:08:06.:08:09.

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

:08:10.:08:13.

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

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

:08:18.:08:26.

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

:08:27.:08:31.

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

:08:32.:08:34.

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

:08:35.:08:38.

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

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horse that gave her a better dressage score but is less

:08:43.:08:47.

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

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

:08:54.:08:58.

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

:08:59.:09:02.

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

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

:09:07.:09:13.

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

:09:14.:09:21.

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

:09:22.:09:24.

a little twist over the corner, but good jumping.

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

:09:34.:09:42.

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

:09:43.:09:47.

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

:09:48.:09:52.

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

:09:53.:09:56.

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

:09:57.:10:01.

fence. It may not be that experienced, but

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

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

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

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

:10:32.:10:38.

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

:10:39.:10:43.

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

:10:44.:10:49.

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

:10:50.:10:53.

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

:10:54.:10:56.

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

:10:57.:11:02.

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

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

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

:11:15.:11:20.

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

:11:21.:11:31.

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

:11:32.:11:37.

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

:11:38.:11:41.

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

:11:42.:11:45.

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

:11:46.:11:50.

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

:11:51.:11:56.

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

:11:57.:12:03.

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

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

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

:12:14.:12:17.

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

:12:18.:12:21.

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

:12:22.:12:27.

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

:12:28.:12:32.

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

:12:33.:12:37.

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

:12:38.:12:47.

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

:12:48.:12:55.

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

:12:56.:13:04.

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

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

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

:13:16.:13:18.

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

:13:19.:13:22.

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

:13:23.:13:24.

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

:13:25.:13:28.

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

:13:29.:13:37.

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

:13:38.:13:44.

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

:13:45.:13:48.

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

:13:49.:13:52.

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

:13:53.:13:55.

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

:13:56.:14:00.

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

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

:14:11.:14:14.

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

:14:15.:14:19.

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

:14:20.:14:22.

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

:14:23.:14:28.

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

:14:29.:14:32.

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

:14:33.:14:35.

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

:14:36.:14:47.

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

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

:14:55.:14:56.

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

:14:57.:15:10.

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

:15:11.:15:18.

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

:15:19.:15:25.

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

:15:26.:15:35.

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

:15:36.:15:40.

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

:15:41.:15:45.

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

:15:46.:15:49.

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

:15:50.:15:57.

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

:15:58.:16:06.

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

:16:07.:16:11.

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

:16:12.:16:18.

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

:16:19.:16:23.

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

:16:24.:16:28.

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

:16:29.:16:32.

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

:16:33.:16:38.

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

:16:39.:16:45.

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

:16:46.:16:49.

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

:16:50.:16:56.

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

:16:57.:17:01.

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

:17:02.:17:06.

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

:17:07.:17:16.

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

:17:17.:17:24.

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

:17:25.:17:29.

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

:17:30.:17:36.

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

:17:37.:17:42.

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

:17:43.:17:46.

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

:17:47.:17:51.

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

:17:52.:17:56.

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

:17:57.:18:04.

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

:18:05.:18:08.

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

:18:09.:18:18.

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

:18:19.:18:24.

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

:18:25.:18:29.

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

:18:30.:18:34.

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

:18:35.:18:37.

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

:18:38.:18:45.

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

:18:46.:18:51.

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

:18:52.:18:57.

off. Disappointing for all the connections and disappointing for

:18:58.:19:00.

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

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

:19:08.:19:11.

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

:19:12.:19:16.

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

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

:19:29.:19:31.

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

:19:32.:19:37.

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

:19:38.:19:42.

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

:19:43.:19:51.

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

:19:52.:19:57.

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

:19:58.:20:04.

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

:20:05.:20:10.

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

:20:11.:20:14.

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

:20:15.:20:19.

horse keep galloping to the finishing line? He is normally

:20:20.:20:26.

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

:20:27.:20:33.

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

:20:34.:20:39.

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

:20:40.:20:46.

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

:20:47.:20:52.

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

:20:53.:20:57.

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

:20:58.:21:04.

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

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

:21:09.:21:17.

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

:21:18.:21:23.

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

:21:24.:21:28.

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

:21:29.:21:33.

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

:21:34.:21:38.

lead. Fantastic performance from Oliver and this brilliant young

:21:39.:21:42.

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

:21:43.:21:47.

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

:21:48.:21:53.

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

:21:54.:21:58.

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

:21:59.:22:09.

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

:22:10.:22:14.

That was sensation Hall. Particularly given how long you had

:22:15.:22:23.

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

:22:24.:22:27.

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

:22:28.:22:34.

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

:22:35.:22:40.

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

:22:41.:22:46.

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

:22:47.:22:52.

show jumping phase on Sunday afternoon. Gemma Tattersall in

:22:53.:22:58.

second. A strong British representation throughout.

:22:59.:23:04.

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

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

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

:23:20.:23:23.

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

:23:24.:23:36.

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

:23:37.:23:40.

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

:23:41.:23:44.

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

:23:45.:23:51.

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

:23:52.:23:58.

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

:23:59.:24:06.

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

:24:07.:24:10.

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

:24:11.:24:16.

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

:24:17.:24:21.

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

:24:22.:24:26.

visualised training jacket that has lines positioned that highlight

:24:27.:24:30.

straightness. There has been many studies looking at rider position

:24:31.:24:34.

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

:24:35.:24:39.

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

:24:40.:24:44.

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

:24:45.:24:47.

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

:24:48.:24:52.

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

:24:53.:24:56.

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

:24:57.:25:02.

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

:25:03.:25:08.

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

:25:09.:25:12.

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

:25:13.:25:16.

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

:25:17.:25:24.

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

:25:25.:25:29.

optimise the rider. Having captured the shots, you feed it into the

:25:30.:25:32.

computer and it comes out with data you understand. What we are looking

:25:33.:25:37.

for is how does the rider and the horse line up. You can see that the

:25:38.:25:42.

rider is a little to the left. As a result we have a side bend of the

:25:43.:25:48.

rider's trunk to the right. This is something we would work with the

:25:49.:25:57.

rider. With a physio intervention, strength and conditioning

:25:58.:26:00.

intervention, we could look to improve the rider to optimise the

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whole system. This was capturing the high speed footage and you see the

:26:08.:26:13.

horse has the markers on and this is what is called digitisation and this

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will track the markers and this is capturing the horse's right side and

:26:19.:26:22.

we will compare the left-side data. What we are trying to determine is

:26:23.:26:27.

what are the asymmetries and can be done to improve them. It is the

:26:28.:26:33.

first time I thought equestrian sport is getting closer to Formula

:26:34.:26:38.

One and these are valuable horses competing for valuable prizes and

:26:39.:26:43.

gold at the Olympics and you need this level of technology. Look at

:26:44.:26:47.

the gold medal in Poland for the European team. Those are riders you

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have worked with? Yes my role is doing the performance analysis and

:26:56.:26:59.

at the start of the season we looked at riders working with the physios,

:27:00.:27:03.

the strength and conditioning, the saddler and it is amazing for the

:27:04.:27:09.

small part I played to see the athletes do so well. Now to the

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final phase, the showjumping. And I'm walking the course with Oliver

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Townend and Piggy French. We are going to walk what we have agreed is

:27:30.:27:33.

the most challenging part of the track is that right? Yes I think so.

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Remember we are trying to showjump poles after we raced them around a

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race track yesterday. It is trying to ride a horse after you have

:27:47.:27:49.

ridden the Grand National. You will have a lot of pace and this is where

:27:50.:27:55.

the problem starts. It is on a five-stride distance here. And you

:27:56.:27:59.

don't want to be too flat to the vertical. As soon as you have

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landed, you have to sit up sharp, because it is a short six strides to

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a square oxer. This is where you will see problems. Relative to most

:28:08.:28:13.

four stars you have ridden in, how difficult is this course? I think

:28:14.:28:20.

this is as tricky as you can get after you have gone around Burghley.

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The terrain takes it out of them and they might be tired. I think it is

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plenty tough enough. Is your mare a good showjumping on the final day.

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Well I wouldn't like to say, she is a trier and I will have to see how

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she is. Your horse produced a very exciting round for a young horse.

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How does he feel this morning? He feels if fresh, he is naive that

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will hopefully play into his part. He peoples as good as you could

:28:57.:29:01.

expect. How do you wear the pressure of an overnight leader? Well? I

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wouldn't go that far. I have been there before and it's gone my way

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and not gone my way. We will see. Best of luck. I hope they both come

:29:10.:29:15.

back safely and you're rights up there in the money. This is how

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tight it is at the top. Our top ten will go in reverse

:29:23.:29:51.

order. So we will start with Tina Cook on Star Witness. It is a chill

:29:52.:29:56.

area day than yesterday and a threat of rain and a feeling of tension in

:29:57.:30:02.

the showjumping, because the horses have been really extended over the

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cross country. You suspect clear round will be few and far between.

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Here is our commentary team. Into the top ten and the familiar face of

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Tina Cook on Star Witness. This horse produced a superb

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cross-country round, she has had to do it the hard way that he has had

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two top ten finishes at Burghley before. Going at number one is never

:30:42.:30:45.

easy, but what a pathfinder Tina and this lovely horse, Star Witness,

:30:46.:30:52.

where yesterday on the cross-country. As we talked about,

:30:53.:30:57.

she has got a lot of racing connections at the family, but her

:30:58.:31:04.

mother was also a top international showjumper, socially is bred for

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this game in her own right. And all four of the owners of Star Witness

:31:11.:31:12.

used to own racehorses. That is a really good point. The

:31:13.:31:25.

support from the owners is what we all rely on, and it is great that

:31:26.:31:30.

they have spread it from racing into eventing. Having a little look

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there, Tina put the leg on and he responded well, really jumped out

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over that oxer. A quick turn, giving him time to see the fence. Nice job.

:31:43.:31:58.

He is quite a look horse, he quietly looks at the fences, and she just

:31:59.:32:02.

has to keep her leg on and say, come on, keep going forward. Brilliant.

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That is a wonderful way to finish off the competition the Tina Cook of

:32:08.:32:13.

Star Witness, she had wretched luck on car vino yesterday -- Calvino

:32:14.:32:21.

yesterday, but this has laid down the gauntlet for some of those to

:32:22.:32:25.

come, that is a lovely way to begin the top ten. It is absolutely

:32:26.:32:30.

brilliant, and the pressure she is putting on the next handful of

:32:31.:32:36.

riders is phenomenal. Look at that smile. And look at her mum and other

:32:37.:32:45.

supporters! Christopher Bartle, the new coach for the British team,

:32:46.:32:50.

already stamping his authority on the British team.

:32:51.:32:54.

In ninth place after the cross-country, Boyd Martin for the

:32:55.:32:58.

United States on Steady Eddie. Australian-born Boyd now riding for

:32:59.:33:06.

America, very popular figure, and Steady Eddie thoroughbred who raced

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in Australia no fewer than 36 times before changing his discipline to

:33:11.:33:14.

eventing, and he has been very successful, too.

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Well, Boyd did a great job yesterday in the cross-country run, rode some

:33:20.:33:28.

really good lines. A tiny bit over the time, but he had to be happy

:33:29.:33:34.

with that. But as they say, show is another day. Certainly got some

:33:35.:33:40.

height over that oxer fence, too, good to see.

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And the good thing is, Star Witness, Steady Eddie... Oh, a rattle, and

:33:48.:33:57.

another, very quick to that double. The first two horses we have seen,

:33:58.:34:01.

both thoroughbreds, he just got a little flat going down the hill into

:34:02.:34:10.

that double, and just didn't get back onto his hocks. That put him

:34:11.:34:15.

behind Tina Cook. That is the trouble with thoroughbreds, they can

:34:16.:34:19.

get a bit fast and flat in their cantor stride, got to keep them

:34:20.:34:28.

back. A huge Amat scope, but you have got to leave these fences up.

:34:29.:34:45.

He did such a big jump going into that combination, he had to push him

:34:46.:34:52.

out, always dangerous. One to go. Two down, finishes on 58, so Tina

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Cook is in the lead, with eight competitors to come.

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So here is Lynn Symansky, also from the United States, an Donner, known

:35:13.:35:24.

affectionately as the deer. Another thoroughbred, comes here with a

:35:25.:35:25.

score of 49.1. And this pair did probably their

:35:26.:35:39.

best ever performance at 4-star cross-country ever yesterday. A few

:35:40.:35:45.

time faults, but really positive, attacking bit of riding from Lynn.

:35:46.:35:52.

She is quietly coming to the first fence, I kind of hope she gets a bit

:35:53.:35:58.

quicker than that or she is going to get some time faults, but she hasn't

:35:59.:36:05.

started yet. It was a good, slick cross-country round yesterday. Those

:36:06.:36:12.

first two fences just a bit smaller than the others on the course. Yes,

:36:13.:36:17.

but what I like, she is not rushing him, but what I liked was he gave

:36:18.:36:21.

them plenty of height. Made good shapes over them. And look at the

:36:22.:36:29.

height over that oxer coming out of that double. The vertical, maybe not

:36:30.:36:35.

quite so good, and that was sadly just not a very good stride. I think

:36:36.:36:43.

Lynn was almost sitting too quiet, and he added astride that wasn't

:36:44.:36:49.

there. It is a good skill in that he has just rattled his legs and he

:36:50.:36:53.

won't want to touch another poll, and he is going way up in the air,

:36:54.:36:58.

but I was a bit concerned the way she started, almost two quietly, and

:36:59.:37:02.

then that paid the penalty, because the horse wasn't quite switched on,

:37:03.:37:06.

wasn't quite in front of the leg, and buying in front of the leg, I

:37:07.:37:12.

mean he wasn't really taking the rider's aids properly.

:37:13.:37:18.

He looks a little bit more awake now. And actually watching him jump,

:37:19.:37:24.

he shouldn't have had that gate down. That was just a mistake.

:37:25.:37:30.

Time is going to be tight, as well. APPLAUSE

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So, a final score for Lynn Symansky and Donner of 53.1.

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So by a ten double point she ages into the lead here, Lynn Symansky,

:37:48.:37:53.

with seven combinations to come. You could just see her coming to this

:37:54.:38:01.

gate, and absolutely buried on no stride. I think you put that down to

:38:02.:38:06.

experience, that was a total disagreement between horse and

:38:07.:38:11.

rider. She is still smiling, though. I don't want to put the mockers on

:38:12.:38:15.

him, but this horse, Toledo De Kerser, is considered one of the

:38:16.:38:18.

best showjumpers in this field. Currently lying in seventh place on

:38:19.:38:24.

a score of 49.1, ridden by the hugely promising Tom McEwen, and the

:38:25.:38:27.

horse has only ever had one Paul Downton in all international

:38:28.:38:42.

competitions. -- only ever one pole down in all international

:38:43.:38:44.

competitions. I will blame you write down the line if he has a pole down!

:38:45.:38:52.

That you are quite right, great young horse and rider.

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If he jumps like that, you are going to be absolutely right, Nick. Tom

:39:02.:39:08.

obviously has a lot of faith, confidence and trust in the horse's

:39:09.:39:15.

ability showjumping. Because he is just sitting so beautifully quietly.

:39:16.:39:18.

The horse is just getting on with his job. He is not rushing him,

:39:19.:39:22.

giving him time to play with his scope and get up the air. Tom based

:39:23.:39:25.

at Gatcombe with Zara Phillips. It is what we all want, a showjumper

:39:26.:39:51.

that can gallop and do dressage. Even a silly old man like me would

:39:52.:39:56.

quite enjoy jumping this one! Don't ask me. One day, one day.

:39:57.:40:06.

That is an quite a sharp decline, that combination, as well, which you

:40:07.:40:12.

can't see on the picture. It is surprisingly how Darren Hill it is.

:40:13.:40:21.

One to go. There you are. Poetry. Phenomenal round. To have the final

:40:22.:40:29.

day of a three-day event on a horse like that, it is what dreams are

:40:30.:40:34.

made of. He can relax as he has applied a little pressure to those

:40:35.:40:44.

in behind. They finish on 49.1, just exquisite.

:40:45.:40:52.

Here is a man who experienced mixed fortunes yesterday, the huge hero

:40:53.:40:56.

here at Burghley. Andrew Nicholson on Nereo. Andrew had a fall on

:40:57.:41:04.

Qwanza earlier in the cross-country, but he is too tough to give up, he

:41:05.:41:11.

went back in with Nereo and had a couple of time faults but went

:41:12.:41:17.

clear, so he lies in second. We are all still raving about the round

:41:18.:41:22.

they did at Badminton. I have a feeling he might be feeling a

:41:23.:41:28.

little... That was a rattle, but it stayed up. He might be feeling a

:41:29.:41:33.

little tender after his fall on Qwanza, but he certainly wouldn't

:41:34.:41:37.

let that stop him. He thought the horse wasn't quite as zestful as he

:41:38.:41:40.

can be in the cross-country yesterday. Andrew said himself, in

:41:41.:41:46.

his interview, that the horse was getting a little bit older, didn't

:41:47.:41:54.

have the gallop that he did. But I think Andrew did a brilliant job,

:41:55.:41:58.

because he didn't over Rush the horse, he kept a good gear up, and

:41:59.:42:03.

it is when this horse -- not a good one, yikes! I kind of think Andrew

:42:04.:42:12.

just added another one, almost too many. So he goes behind Tom McEwen.

:42:13.:42:24.

A couple down so far, but Andrew has to be happy with that, because the

:42:25.:42:42.

horse really, really tried his socks off. Finishes on 57.1, moving behind

:42:43.:42:49.

Tom McEwen, Tina Cook and Lynn Symansky.

:42:50.:42:55.

Now, you heard from her earlier, here she is, Piggy French on Vanir

:42:56.:42:59.

Kamira, who gave everything yesterday. And this combination 50%

:43:00.:43:06.

clear rounds this season, and this the highest placed me in the field,

:43:07.:43:15.

Vanir Kamira, it has been a great, comeback season for her so far. It

:43:16.:43:20.

certainly has, a fantastic news for the British team that she has

:43:21.:43:24.

another top horse, in fact two top horses in the string already. But it

:43:25.:43:32.

is the biggest challenge the horses face so far, and with a 50% average

:43:33.:43:37.

going clear, it's a big ask to expect it to go clear, but it is

:43:38.:43:40.

certainly a very, very talented mare. Brought forward a score of

:43:41.:43:49.

46.9 to the showjumping, leaving her in fifth place. And she just looks,

:43:50.:43:57.

jumping well but just looks a little green in between the fences,

:43:58.:44:00.

distracted a little by the atmosphere and the crowds. It's a

:44:01.:44:05.

huge ask for young horses when they are not used to this. Sometimes it

:44:06.:44:10.

works to your benefit, and sometimes you really suffer. But what I'm

:44:11.:44:17.

liking is although she was a little bit wobbly on the turns, she is

:44:18.:44:20.

actually putting lots of effort into her jumps.

:44:21.:44:27.

And piggy did say in her interview, a few rattles, that the horse is

:44:28.:44:40.

never given her a huge feel, but she just thrives, the bigger the fences,

:44:41.:44:43.

so perhaps the same as the cross-country, the showjumping, the

:44:44.:44:45.

height is going to help. APPLAUSE

:44:46.:45:11.

Brilliant. Good Piggy French, clear round, 46.9, puts her into the lead.

:45:12.:45:17.

And she will be fifth at worst, with four competitors to come. Superb

:45:18.:45:21.

performance on this mare, who will be the highest placed mare at

:45:22.:45:29.

Burghley this year. And the mare really tries down the hill, and

:45:30.:45:35.

Piggy just keeps her position, keeps her balance, stay straight. And a

:45:36.:45:38.

good punch of the air. So into the top four now. On 46.5,

:45:39.:45:54.

Tim Price and Ringwood Sky Boy have nothing in hand over Piggy French.

:45:55.:45:59.

So he can't afford to have one down. He had three down last year at

:46:00.:46:05.

Burghley and two down at Lexington. I think he would concede that

:46:06.:46:12.

showjumping is not his strongest suite. If you're true to form, he

:46:13.:46:20.

helped Tom McEwen jump a clear round, you're not too confident

:46:21.:46:25.

here. Stop it, I hope he is defying history. So will he be!

:46:26.:46:32.

A very good eye in the showjumping. It is interesting when they come

:46:33.:46:41.

into the ring, you watch them jump the first two fences, it gives you a

:46:42.:46:45.

fair indication of what they're capable of.

:46:46.:46:51.

This horse has jumped very well over the first third of the course. As

:46:52.:47:02.

they get tired and a little more strung out after the cross country,

:47:03.:47:03.

it all counts. I like that Timis incredibly soft

:47:04.:47:15.

with his hands in front of every fence. Helps it and just, he picked

:47:16.:47:21.

it up a bit there. He got a bit panicked. A lovely soft rein

:47:22.:47:23.

contact. If you can keep... Goes behind Piggy

:47:24.:47:32.

French. So 50.5 Tim Price finished on. He

:47:33.:48:08.

will be pleased with that given Ringwood Sky Boy's record in the

:48:09.:48:16.

show jumping. Tom McEwen is with Claire. Guaranteed a British winner

:48:17.:48:22.

and it could be you, Piggy French. What a good clear round? She was

:48:23.:48:28.

fabulous, I don't think I will be winning, but you know I came here

:48:29.:48:32.

hoping for a top ten, because I haven't managed it. Often eat the

:48:33.:48:39.

Burghley dirt when I try it here. So a top tennis fantastic. So to finish

:48:40.:48:45.

at worst fourth is great. Where were you last time and what were you

:48:46.:48:53.

thinking? I had my little boy Max and had a full season off. It is

:48:54.:48:57.

great to get back and to get back to this level. I'm so grateful for the

:48:58.:49:05.

support. Well done. The last British woman to win Burghley was Pippa

:49:06.:49:16.

Funnel in 2003. But they're all snapping at the heels of Oliver

:49:17.:49:22.

Townend. Izzy Taylor on Trevidden. They have had a wonderful season,

:49:23.:49:27.

winning events at the three star level. But here at four star level

:49:28.:49:30.

yesterday they were brilliant at cross country. Oh. Not a great

:49:31.:49:33.

start. Piggy French is now guaranteed

:49:34.:49:46.

third. This lovely horse of Izzy's Trevidden. The vet's inspection this

:49:47.:49:52.

morning... He was just held... The vet had another look at him and then

:49:53.:50:00.

they decided he was OK to jump. But watching him cross country he has a

:50:01.:50:06.

high head carriage and a bit rangy. We talked about his big stride.

:50:07.:50:11.

Occasionally he flicks his front legs at the jumps.

:50:12.:50:18.

Just again not... Not convincing. He doesn't look that confident at

:50:19.:50:27.

times. Prior to this, this horse had only had one rail down in seven

:50:28.:50:34.

showjumping events. Maybe yesterday is making him more legged.

:50:35.:50:39.

Yes that can be it. Especially the first time they have jumped this

:50:40.:50:44.

sort of track. This is a learning curve. An

:50:45.:50:55.

expensive round, but what a star for the future. A brilliant cross

:50:56.:51:00.

country round yesterday. Caught people's eye. 57.6 and Izzy Taylor

:51:01.:51:13.

moves down a few places. To 9th. Gemma Tattersall in second with a

:51:14.:51:20.

score of 43. Arctic Soul is her ride. This ex-race horse that

:51:21.:51:27.

developed a real following. Gemma said she was feeling unwell and had

:51:28.:51:31.

been suffering with a chest infection. Said Arctic Soul had

:51:32.:51:36.

helped her yesterday. In fairness to her she has got the best out of this

:51:37.:51:41.

horse since she has had him. Yes, it is a great partnership now.

:51:42.:51:50.

Provided he doesn't get too revved up, he can be very consistent in

:51:51.:51:55.

this phase 2. A big jump coming out of the double.

:51:56.:52:09.

Gemma was unseated and pitched up his neck.

:52:10.:52:21.

Ooh, a good rattle there. Got close to that oxer. Rattled it in front.

:52:22.:52:31.

Getting a little keen there. He was a little over the top of his legs

:52:32.:52:36.

there. Gemma is saying, listen to me boy,

:52:37.:52:51.

wait for me. Is he deep again? Living dangerously.

:52:52.:52:57.

How the first element of that combination staid up, I don't know.

:52:58.:53:04.

Oh! I was about to say she trusts him. Well, he just had a moment of

:53:05.:53:10.

distraction. What a shame for Gemma Tattersall. That moves her behind

:53:11.:53:18.

Piggy French. She will be third at worst, Gemma. Terrific Burghley and

:53:19.:53:24.

she is still thrilled. She has had a real purple patch. Watch how high

:53:25.:53:32.

the horse gets. Gemma's leg, lower leg shot back and she was way up in

:53:33.:53:39.

the air. He just had a look down at that. Didn't quite go high enough.

:53:40.:53:48.

Here he is then, Oliver Townend. He has one fence in hand. He can afford

:53:49.:53:54.

to have one fence down. But not two. If he has more than one fence down,

:53:55.:54:00.

victory will go not to him but ironically to his former partner of

:54:01.:54:05.

seven years, Piggy French. They're still great friends. Oliver, who won

:54:06.:54:11.

Burghley in 2009. This his golden chance to shine on the biggest

:54:12.:54:15.

stage, which you sense that he and everybody else feels he belongs on.

:54:16.:54:21.

Oliver and this lovely young horse did a brilliant job yesterday and he

:54:22.:54:29.

is jumping over the first couple offences. I had a chat with him, his

:54:30.:54:34.

view was whatever happens today, it is probably the best horse he has

:54:35.:54:36.

ever had. Over! He guessed at that one. He has

:54:37.:54:48.

actually got a jump in hand. But he can't have another mistake.

:54:49.:54:54.

This is keeping us right on the edge of our seats right to the very last!

:54:55.:55:10.

Will that help him concentrate? It was a big mistake.

:55:11.:55:17.

Oliver is particularly brilliant in this phase. That won't have rattled

:55:18.:55:20.

him. The tension is hanging in his humid

:55:21.:55:25.

air here at Burghley. He's done it! He has done it. Oliver

:55:26.:55:52.

Townend back at Burghley in the big time. One down early in his round,

:55:53.:55:59.

but nerves of steel. This super cool rider and you can see what it means

:56:00.:56:07.

to him. He has won on Ballaghmor Class, all class, a hugely exciting

:56:08.:56:12.

young horse, a horse he dubbed the most talented he has ever ridden.

:56:13.:56:20.

And that is why. Oliver Townend's victory, the first for a British

:56:21.:56:26.

rider since 2011 at Burghley and a one, two, three, four for Britain.

:56:27.:56:32.

He has the winner's sash. We could see how much this means to you. It

:56:33.:56:40.

is a good feel being, it has felt a long time since my last one. I'm

:56:41.:56:44.

still relatively young. Good to get another one out of the way. What

:56:45.:56:49.

were you thinking going into the arena and when you had the gate

:56:50.:56:53.

down? Not much. He's good jumper, he is young and the first time he has

:56:54.:56:56.

been on this level and gone that distance. I couldn't be happier. I

:56:57.:57:01.

looked in the collecting ring and thought I wouldn't swap my horse for

:57:02.:57:04.

anyone here. So that is a good feeling. For you being on top of a

:57:05.:57:13.

class field? It is good for the future, I have two ten-year-olds

:57:14.:57:17.

that are top class and an eleven-year-old that are top class.

:57:18.:57:21.

We have had a rough time. Everyone thinks, I have never seen it as a

:57:22.:57:25.

rough time. But it is about building for the future and it takes a long

:57:26.:57:29.

time to produce them to this level and we have go through a lot of

:57:30.:57:33.

numbers to get the class ones. But hopefully I'm going to start and cut

:57:34.:57:40.

down. I have said it for years and to concentrate on the top level

:57:41.:57:44.

ones. Hopefully people will send more after that. Well done, Oliver

:57:45.:57:51.

Townend has won this year. Thank you for watching. Victory has gone to

:57:52.:57:55.

Britain and in fact a British one, two, three. Goodbye.

:57:56.:57:59.

Highlights from the prestigious Burghley Horse Trials.


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