HSBC FEI CLASSICSTM -PREVIEW OF LAST LEG
Pau, 21 October 2009
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The following portions of the final leg of the HSBC FEI ClassicsTM will be broadcast LIVE on FEI TV (www.feitv.org)
Saturday, 24 October - 13h15 - 17h00 CEST - Cross Country
Sunday, 25 October - 14h15 - 17h00 CET - Final Jumping phase
TOWNEND INTENDS TO SEAL VICTORY AT HSBC FEI CLASSICSTM FINALE
Oliver Townend (GBR) has left no stone unturned in his burning ambition to win the valuable HSBC FEI ClassicsTM, and is giving Andrew Cawthray's elegant grey Thoroughbred Carousel Quest another outing, at Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA), the last event of the 2009 season.
The pair were recently impressive winners of The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR), and, in a year to remember, put Townend into the elite band of riders who have won that and the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, which he captured on Flint Curtis earlier this year, within 12 months.
These excellent results combined with 8th place on Carousel Quest at the first of the HSBC FEI ClassicsTM, the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA), has given Townend a clear 12-point lead as we approach the series climax, at Les Etoiles de Pau. Townend is not invincible though as last year's winner, William Fox-Pitt (GBR) could still overhaul him if he wins and, with Fox-Pitt's record, that's far from impossible. Fox-Pitt, too, has armed himself with a serious 4* ride, the Argentine Thoroughbred Macchiato, 5th at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR) this year and a winner last year of Luhmühlen CCI**** presented by E.ON Avacon Vertrieb (GER).
Others with a strong chance of moving up into the top 5 in the HSBC FEI ClassicsTM, are Lucy Wiegersma (GBR), currently lying 7th in the leaderboard, who rides Granntevka Prince, 6th at Saumur CCI*** (FRA) this year, and Dirk Schrade (GER), 9th, who rides the classy King Arthus.
It's also possible for any rider to parachute into the top 5 by winning, or gaining two high placings, at Pau, and several have a chance of doing just that, as demonstrated by Bettina Hoy (GER) whose victory at Pau last year propelled her into 5th place.
One rider with a good chance of doing just that is Andrew Nicholson (NZL), with the young rising star Avebury, winner of Saumur CCI*** (FRA) this year, and the superb Cross-Country jumper Armada.
Among other favourites are Clea Phillipps (GBR) on former Blair Castle CCI*** winner Lead The Way, Matt Ryan (AUS) on the experienced Bonza Puzzle, and Austin O'Connor (IRL) who has had good 4* form with Pocket Rocket lll, finishing 12th here last year and 9th at Luhmühlen this year.
The home side, France, has a strong entry of 13 riders, and hopes will be pinned on veteran hero Jean Teulere (FRA), who rides Matelot Du Grand Val, and Jean-Luc Goerens on Marychope de Marast, placed at Blenheim CCI*** (GBR) last year.
42 riders from 9 nations are entered: Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, USA. Dressage begins on Friday, October 23. The complete list of entries is attached.
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2009 HSBC FEI CLASSICSTM Standings (after 4 of 5 events):
1 Oliver Townend (GBR) 33 points
2 William Fox-Pitt (GBR) 21
3 Sam Griffiths (AUS) 20
3 Lucinda Fredericks (AUS) 15
4 Michael Jung (GER) 15
5 Bettina Hoy (GER) 12
6 Andreas Dibowski (GER) 12
7 Lucy Wiegersma (GBR) 11
8 Bruce Davidson Jnr (USA) 10
9 Dirk Schrade (GER) 10
10 Polly Stockton (GBR) 10
HSBC FEI CLASSICSTM CALENDAR OF EVENTS 2009
1. 22-26 April Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA)
2. 7-10 May Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR)
3. 11-14 June Luhmühlen CCI**** presented by E.ON Avacon Vertrieb (GER)
4. 3-6 September The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR)
5. 21-25 October Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA)
Notes to editors:
The HSBC FEI ClassicsTM, established last year, unites the top end of the international Eventing circuit, namely the five 4-Star Eventing competitions currently on the calendar. The Top Ten placed riders at each event receive points; the five riders with the highest number of points at the end of the season are awarded prize money.
Points will be awarded to the Top Ten riders at each event as follows:
Riders can only win points with their best horse/performance at one event and if the combination has obtained a qualifying result. In case of equality of points, the best placed rider is the competitor with the lowest total of penalty points at the specific event (=differentiating score).
1st: 15 points
2nd: 12 points
3rd: 10 points
4th: 8 points
5th: 6 points
6th: 5 points
7th: 4 points
8th: 3 points
9th: 2 points
10th: 1 point
1. William Fox-Pitt (GBR)
2. Nicolas Touzaint (FRA)
3. Frank Ostholt (GER)
4. Phillip Dutton (USA)
5. Bettina Hoy (GER)
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