Osberton Saturday Report


Osberton set for an exciting finish 
An exciting finish is in prospect at the Osberton International Horse Trials with tomorrow seeing the culmination of both the British Eventing Young Horse Championships for six and seven year olds and international CCI classes.
Pippa Funnell and Billy Walk on have a strong lead in the CICYH* class with 5.7 penalties in hand over their nearest rival going into cross country. Lying in second place is William Fox-Pitt with Little Fire whilst Piggy French – winner of the Four Year Old Championships on Friday – sits in third place on Jump Jet III.
The show jumping caused a number of problems with only 22 of the 80 starters jumping clear (27.5%). Cross country starts on Sunday at 9,30am with Ireland’s Austin O Connor riding Esperance first out on course.
Willa Newton and Caja 20 retained their lead in the CICYH** for seven year old horses. But she has just 0.1 penalty in hand over Eventing Worldwide blogger Emily King and Dargun. The Devonshire-based yound rider moved up the order with a clear show jumping to put the pressure on before the final phase which takes place tomorrow. The pairing are followed by William Fox-Pitt and Dynasty who is 0.4 penalties behind Emily.
Again the show jumping phase was influential. Willa picked up one time fault whilst 19 out of 58 starters went clear (32.7%). The first rider out on the CICYH** cross country will be Matthew Heath and Billy Boyne at 12.40 on Sunday.
CCI1* and CCI2* 
After cross country, the CCI1* is still lead by Tanya Kyle and Gortfadda Diamond. Alex Portolowsky and Akolien have the same score but sit in second place going into the final phase. Kitty King and Creevagh Cooley are in thrid place but the top five are covered by less than a pole as the head into show jumping.
In the CCI1*, 80 out of 113 starters went clear whilst 67 went under the optimum time. Ninety nine horses will be presented for the final trot up in the morning.
The CCI2* is still lead by Oliver Townend and Cillnabraddon Evo. The pair went clear across the country to add nothing to their dressage score of 26.3. The pair have a 9.2 penalty over the second placed pairing of William Fox-Pit and Randam De Mons. Nicola Wilson and Ngong Hills lie in third place 1.4 penalties adrift of her Silver medal winning team mate.
Out of 109 starters, 73 went clear cross country and 54 went under the optimum time. Ninety five horses completed and will be presented for the final trot up.
The action concludes tomorrow with the culmination of the CCI1* and CCI2*.
Sarah Carless
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