Jones retains Kihikihi lead after cross-country

April 11, 2009

Australia's Megan Jones and Kirby Park Irish Jester continued their strong form at Kihikihi today in the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing qualifier.

Heelan Tompkins and Sugoi moved into second place after the cross-country phase. © Vivek Sharma
The combination made light work of a cross-country track that saw the fortunes of many other riders change. They finished the day on their dressage score (38.1 penalties) with a two-rail advantage going into the show-jumping.

Fellow countryman Shane Rose's chances of a top three finish slimmed after his horse All Luck failed to sight the second element of the influential line down to the second water and incurred 20 penalties. His misfortune allowed New Zealand's Heelan Tompkins and Sugoi to shift into second place after she completed the cross-country clear with only 0.8 time penalties.

Matthew Grayling and his eight-year-old NRM Parklane Hawk held on to 3rd position after also completing the cross-country clear with 5.6 time penalties.

The competition concludes tomorrow with the show-jumping phase.