As one of six CCI4*-L events in North America, the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event is one of the few opportunities for riders to get those all important 4*-L qualifiers needed to move up to the 5*-L level. With Fair Hill both adding a 5*-L and losing their 4*-L in 2020, Jersey Fresh’s significance will become extremely important in the spring schedule.
- Since Capt. Mark Phillips took over the course design two years ago, no one in the 4*-L division has made the time.
- The dressage leader has gone on to win this division in three of the last four runnings. Every winner this decade has been inside the top five after the first phase.
- The winner has had a rail in the final phase four times this decade.
- Allison Springer has been no stranger to the dressage leaderboard over the years. Under her tutelage, the Thoroughbred Business Ben holds the best two-year Advanced/4* average in the field. He has scored as low 28.0 but more importantly has never scored worse than 34.0 at this level.
- Anna Loschiavo and Spartacus Q have only started twice at the Advanced/4* level, but in two tests, they’ve averaged 31.7.
- Caroline Martin has Danger Mouse ticking along well in the first phase. In the horse’s first year at the level in 2018, he broke the 70% barrier twice and has never scored worse than a 34.5 at Advanced/4* level.
Cross Country Machines
- Nilson Moreira da Silva and Magnum’s Martini are a pair to keep an eye on for fastest of the day. They had the fastest round in this division last year and haven’t finished more than 15 seconds behind the fastest in five clear runs in 2018 and 2019.
- Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise jumped to a third place at Plantation Field last fall on the basis of their speed, posting the quickest round on a day when the mud slowed everyone down. In their four clean runs last year, they either made the time or were the fastest pair of the day in three of them.
- Olney Uncle Sam hasn’t yet actually made the time at Advanced/4*, but he’s been within 10 seconds of either optimum or the fastest run in four of his five clean runs at this level under Emily Beshear.
Show Jumping Powerhouses
- Fernhill Singapore has quietly become another show jumping superstar for Phillip Dutton. In five rounds at Advanced/4* level, the horse has yet to have a rail and has posted four consecutive rounds inside the time.
- Doug Payne has started Quantum Leap in three Advanced/4* competitions this year in the horse’s first season at this level and has yet to have a single penalty — rail or time — in this phase.
- Il Vici and Arden Wildasin have one start this year and two back in 2016 at Advanced/4* level. In their three rounds at this height, they have yet to have a rail.
PREDICTED WINNER: Caroline Martin and Danger Mouse
Keep Your Eye On…
- Anna Loschiavo and Spartacus Q
- Phillip Dutton and Fernhill Singapore
- Fylicia Barr and Galloway Sunrise
- Doug Payne and Quantum Leap