Sarah Ennis leads Ballindenisk 3* horse trials

CCI2* leader Oliver Townend.
CIC3* leader Oliver Townend.

Ireland’s Sarah Ennis, who is leading the CCI3* after the dressage at the Johnson & Perrott Land Rover International Horse Trials in Ballindenisk, Cork, says she is reasonably confident of maintaining her place after the cross-country with BLM Diamond Delux.

“It’s quite strong with a good few questions, and the time will be tight, and though I’m sure there’ll be a shake-up in the field tomorrow fingers crossed we’ll hold onto our place at the end of the day. He was very good in Blenheim last week, and it was a very strong track,” she said.

With the €50,000 Goresbridge Go For Gold bonus prize at stake, competition in the CIC3* class will be considerable this weekend. The prize will be awarded if the winning horse/rider combination of the CIC3* class goes on to win a CCI3* at Ballindenisk in 2013.

Currently leading the class after dressage this year is Britain’s Oliver Townend and Imperial Master, who held onto their position after the second day dressage. Townend is also on second place with 43.5 on ODT Sonas Rovatio. Vittoria Panizzon (ITA), riding Rock Model lies in 3rd place on 44.4, while Katie O’Sullivan and Kilpatrick Dancer have dropped into 4th position.

In the CCI2* Vittoria Panizzon also held her overnight lead with Merlots Magic.

In the CIC2* class, Patricia Ryan and Lady Chatterbox are in front with a score of 47.5, with Elizabeth Halliday-Sharp (USA) close behind on a score of 48.1 with Newmarket Malt. Elizabeth also holds 5th place overnight with HSS Cooley. Michael Ryan and Ballylynch Sky High are on 48.9 in 3rd place and Luke Drea currently lies in fourth with a score of 50.6 on Gorsehill Pearl.

Sweden’s Therese van Rijckevorsel and Buzzy Bee du Langwater also remain in pole position in the CCI1*, while the CCIJ* saw Ireland’s Ellen Fitzsimons take the lead on First Night, on 48.5 and Giulio Guglielmi (ITA) is just half a penalty point behind on Porche Renkum. Slaney Ronan heads out for the cross-country in 3rd position, with a score of 50.8 on Really Rich.

George Russell did a lovely test on Kilcoltrim Cara and leads the Michael Leonard Memorial Championship class on a score of 24.8. Camilla Speirs lies 2nd overnight with 31.3 on BT Dancing Queen. Nicola Ennis, with Briary Swan and Patricia Ryan, with Mac Carrick both finished on 32.5.

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