Townend bang on form at Burnham Market
- Credit: Ian Burt
Oliver Townend continued to stamp his authority on the Barefoot Estates Burnham Market Horse Trials – as he has done so often in the past.
Having won a novice section on Thursday, he claimed both an intermediate and the advanced classes, riding Ececheira and Lanfranco respectively – Lanfranco was also a winner at Burnham Market last year.
Townend moved ahead of dressage leaders Bettina Hoy and Seigneur Medicott thanks to a fast clear cross country round – Hoy incurred time penalties, dropping to second. Ireland's Austin O'Connor took third riding Kilpatrick Knight, with Townend back in fourth on Samuel Thomas II.
The open intermediate was closely fought with the top two riders both finishing on their dressage scores. Harry Meade and Orlando held Tim Price and Cooley Showtime back in to second, with third and fourth, Elizabeth Power and Bill Levett, equally close together, five points behind the leaders. Levett is back in action on Saturday as one of the charity camel racing jockeys.
Another camel jockey was in the money in an intermediate: Laura Collett and Dacapo finished runners-up to Angus Smales on Ballinteskin Rado, a horse who spends all winter hunting with his owner.
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Saturday's action starts at 8.30am in the show jumping arena and an hour later on the cross country course. The camel racing will take place up on the cross country course, at approximately 12.50pm and then again at 2.30pm. The professional event rider jockeys are Australian Bill Levett, Ireland's Jonty Evans, and a trio of British girls, Sarah Cohen, Laura Collett and Lissa Green.
To find out more, visit the website www.musketeer.co.uk.
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