Final horse inspection – 3:30AM ET
Show jumping starts – 6AM ET
Top 20 show jumping starts – 9AM ET
If the expression on Paul’s face doesn’t tell you he’s going to be tough to beat on Monday, his horse’s show jumping record will. Inonothing only has one rail in his last 8 events, a stretch that includes a double-clear at Burghley in ’09. Paul has never placed higher than 13th at Badminton in 5 tries.
However, anything can happen when the top 4 riders are separated by less that a rail. Mary King sits in second place, but Imperial Cavalier has 16 show jumping penalties in his last 4 events, although Imperial Cavalier is 2/3 lifetime with clean rounds in four-stars. Simone Deitermann and Free Easy NRW of Germany jumped around the Boekelo CCI3* last fall with only one time penalty to finish that event in second. The last pair within a rail of the lead, James Robinson and Comanche have a shaky four-star show jumping record with 20 and 16 penalties in their last two four-stars.
It’s going to be an exciting finish to Badminton and of course we will have the latest from Badminton on Monday.