Collett navigates cross-country course to hold onto Badminton Horse Trials lead

by 24britishtvMay 7, 2022, 9 p.m. 11
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Collett navigates testing cross-country course to hold onto Badminton Horse Trials lead

The 32-year-old - a team eventing gold medallist at Tokyo 2020 - finished the challenging course inside the optimum time of 11min 44sec, despite having been held at one stage as other riders struggled.

"The thing that amazed me as well was that he’s never been held on-course before, and I just didn’t know how he would cope, but he just came back on the bridle and it was like riding a fresh horse," Collett said.

The result means she remains on a score of 21 penalties and in the overall lead.

There was a bad fall involving London 2012 team eventing silver medallist Nicola Wilson, who required hospital treatment as a result.

Horse J L Dublin is reported to be okay.

Wilson "is stable but has been transferred to Southmead Hospital for trauma scans and further investigation", organisers said in a statement.

Britain's Tom McEwen - who was second overnight - was eliminated as horse Toledo de Kerser fell.

Collett’s closest challenger is now compatriot Oliver Townend on Swallow Springs.

A strong day in Gloucestershire saw the three-time European champion finish inside the optimum time, so with an overall total of 25.7.

Townsend also occupies third with Ballaghmor Class, just 0.2 penalty scores behind his second-place total.

Rosalind Canter of Britain, who rides Lordships Graffalo, has risen from 10th to fourth while Briton Piggy March and Vanir Kamira climbed from sixth to fifth.

Tomorrow's jumping section is set to conclude the Badminton Horse Trials.

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