The starting field of 60 has been whittled down by one following the first horse inspection at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, presented by Land Rover.
The ground jury of Christina Klingspor of Sweden (President), Nick Burton of Great Britain and David Lee of Ireland evaluated the fitness of horses from the United States, Canada, England, Ireland, Germany, Australia, France, New Zealand and Mexico before a keen crowd of about 2,000 fans on Wednesday
Colleen Rutledge and Covert Rights were held for re-inspection before Rutledge chose to withdraw in the holding box. Also held were Jordan Linstedt and Revitavet Capato, but they were accepted upon re-inspection.
Certainly a favourite to take home the top prize this weekend is Germany’s Michael Jung and his superstar mare fischerRocana FST – the pair won this event in 2015 and 2016. But among his prominent rivals for the $400,000 prize money will be former Rolex Kentucky champions Phillip Dutton, who won in 2008 and Kim Severson, who won in 2002, 2004 and 2005.
This year, Dutton will ride Fernhill Fugitive, I’m Sew Ready and the veteran Mr. Medicott and Severson will ride Cooley Cross Border, a young horse she has been developing. If Jung wins again, he will be the first person to have won Rolex Kentucky for three consecutive years.