The Australian domination has been confirmed after the cross-country test today. Although Sam Griffiths lost 10 places due to few seconds over the ideal time (7'16''), Clayton Fredericks (AUS) took over from him riding Be My Guest thanks to a complete clear round in time. Chris Burton (AUS) did the same, as well as Paul Tapner (AUS).
Clayton put his second mount at the 2nd place, just followed by the FEI Eventing World Cup leader, Clarke Johnstone (NZL). Eddy Sans (FRA) is no more the first French of the provisional ranking. He has been replaced by Cédric Lyard who did a real performance with his two horses at 7th and 8th places. Two bars separate the 1st and the 6th riders before the show jumping test which will take place tomorrow from 3:00pm to 5:00pm (GMT+1).
Clayton Fredericks (AUS) : "It's the best ground I have seen this season!"
"The ground was really really good today" said Clayton, "it's the best I've been running on this season. Pierre Le Goupil, the course designer, and his team have done a great job on the soil." Chris Burton (AUS) and Cédric Lyard (FRA) subscribed to his point of view. "Even if it was hot today, the area reserved to the arrival where we could care about our horses was really fine, with a cool breeze," said Chris.
CIC 2 stars: Lara de Liedekerke (BEL) stays in the lead
The young Belgian rider Lara de Liedekerke kept her advance in the CIC 2 stars after the show jumping test. She is now followed by the Japanese Kenki Sato, only 6,1 points behind. Entered late in the competition, he could become the unexpected surprise tomorrow on the cross-country. « He already beat me » said Lara, « but I really hope to do my best ». A victory would be a wonderful preparation just two days before the European Championships in Lümühlen (GER) where she will represent Belgium.