Phillip Dutton was able to slide into second place with Fernhill Cubalawn behind morning leaders William Fox-Pitt and Seacookie TSF, and after the morning session completed he was lying in equal sixth with Andrew Hoy and Lanfranco on a score of 47.0.
Currently, it’s all Great Britain on top of the board, with William and Seacookie scoring a 41.8 for the lead over second placed Nicola Wilson and Kitealy Brief (43.2) and Francis Whittington with Fernhill Highlight (43.4). Phillip is also the dividing line between the British riders and Southern Hemisphere riders, as Andrew Hoy, Jock Paget, Emma Dougall and Tim Boland round out the top 10 for Australia and New Zealand.
Phillip was pleased with his test on Cuba this morning, telling PRO’s Samantha Clark that the 11-year-old gelding was “such a workman,” and that he was really able to push for brilliance in their test. The pair’s score of 47.0 is Cuba’s lowest FEI score to date, so both Phillip and owners Tom Tierney and Simon Roosevelt have good reason to celebrate today. You can read the full report on Phillip’s ride on the PRO Facebook page here.
Jacob Fletcher and Katherine Coleman are second and third to go after the lunch break concludes, so we’ll be back with more from Blenheim once the first day of dressage wraps up. In the meantime, check out this video to get to know Jacob Fletcher a bit better; we think you’ll become a fan after this interview! Once again, we’d like to thank Samantha Clark and PRO for their excellent coverage from Blenheim this weekend!