Sarah Carless …
World number one Oliver Townend swept into the lead of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials with a commanding performance with Ballaghmor Class.
The British rider, who could complete the Rolex Grand Slam if he wins at Badminton – having already won at Burghley and Kentucky, put in a stunning test to score 20.8.
Townend commented: “I honestly wasn’t sure what he’d do in the arena. He’s been working very well at home and he worked nicely here yesterday, but this morning it was a different story. Luckily, though, from the moment I got on him down at the stables this afternoon he felt fantastic.”
In taking the lead, Townend is 2.6 penalties ahead of New Zealand’s Mark Todd with Kiltubrid Rhapsody, who scored 23.4. Britain’s Ros Canter rounded out the top three riders with Allstar B, having scored 23.9 on the first day of dressage.
Photographs courtesy of Tanzy Lee