Todd in good spot after World Cup dressage

August 22, 2009

The cross-country phase of the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing Final in Strzegom, Poland, promises to be influential, with many of the world's best eventers poised in a good position after the dressage.

Dressage leaders Oliver Townend and Flint Curtis.
New Zealand's Mark Todd, riding Galdalf, is in seventh spot in the field of 31 on 37.90 penalties; reigning champion Clayton Fredericks (Australia) and Ben Along Time are third on 31.40 penalties; and the field is led by Britain's Oliver Townend and his Badminton winner Flint Curtis on the outstanding mark of 29.60.

Thrilling the home crowd were two of the Polish riders, who finished in the top 10; Robert Powala riding Introversa Delle Roane and Pawel Spisak on Weriusz, who are both on 41.50 and ninth equal in the rankings.

Today's cross-country will be a tight contest as the top three riders are just a few penalties apart.

Riders are viewing Rudiger Schwarzer's course with the utmost respect and just as tough as last year's track in Deauville.

"The course looks extremely serious and it will be difficult to retain our current positions. It will be challenging but I will ride my best," Oliver Townend said.


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