Going clear on course but notching up 5.19 time penalties, first of the Brits to ride, William Fox Pitt, with the 9 year old gelding Gaucho, gave his thoughts on the Test Event cross country course. The undulating track follows a shorter route than next year’s test but the twisting track through Greenwich Parkland covers much of the same terrain that the Olympic trial will follow. He commented:
“A bit like a BMX track” was William’s first impression, “the course really tests the gears and the steering; it’s tight so I’m delighted with just five time penalties. “We’re all talking about what’s the right Greenwich horse for next year - you want a proper equine athlete - this puts even Gatcombe in a shadow. The course should mean next year will be a real test of acceleration, accuracy and control and not a dressage and showjumping competition.”
The result leaves William on a score of 52.3 going into the final phase, currently lying in sixth place.