Stable View has gone from budding event to top FEI billing in five short years. With a variety of events to choose from in the fall season, this top-notch venue continues to draw a big field of top competitors, offering a respite to the rock-hard footing that often grips the northeast this time of year.
- The clear rate on cross country at this event is only 52%, significantly lower than the world-wide clear rate of 69% at Advanced/4*-S level.
- No one has led the marquee division (Advanced in 2016/17 and CIC3* in 2018) from start to finish yet.
- Only four pairs in 75 cross-country starters have made the time here, making it one of the trickier venues at which to catch the time.
- Under Suspection and Lynn Symansky are the clear headlines in this phase for the weekend, owning the only two-year dressage average in the twenties. This pair scored a 25.0 in their last outing at Great Meadow 4*-S, and what’s more exciting is that they’ve lowered their dressage score in four consecutive outings.
- Celien cracked the 70% mark in her first 5*-L start last fall with Hallie Coon and followed it up by flirting with 75% at Pine Top. Although their scores since then have hovered in the low-thirties range, that could be sufficient for a competitive placing near the top this weekend.
- Sinead Halpin returns to this level for the first time in three years with Cutty Sark. In the horse’s first Advanced, they scored a 28.2, which would be enough to make them a contender for a top spot in the first phase.
Show Jumping Powerhouses
- Victor Z has a bit of a spotty record on the cross-country thus far in his young career, but he cannot be faulted in the stadium phase. In four rounds, he and Kate Brown have had a grand total of zero rails.
- Phillip Dutton and has another crack jumper in his string in Fernhill Singapore, who has only one rail in eight rounds, one of which was a catch ride by Boyd Martin.
- Under Suspection should shine in this phase as well; she and Lynn Symansky have had only one rail in six starts at the level in the past two years.
- The chestnut mare Caribbean Soul boasts the fastest pace in the field, having finished either as the fastest time of the day or within ten seconds of the fastest ride of the day in each of her three rides at this level under Clark Montgomery.
- Nilson Moreira da Silva and his WEG mount Magnum’s Martini are speedsters as well, finished as the fastest run of the day in 50% of their six runs at the level in 2018/19.
PREDICTED WINNER: Lynn Symansky and Under Suspection
Keep Your Eye On …
- Phillip Dutton and Z/Fernhill Singapore
- Clark Montgomery and Caribbean Soul
- Leslie Law and Voltaire de Tre