Gold: Andrew Hoy
Silver: Frank Ostholt
Bronze: William Fox-Pitt
Andrew Hoy’s on great form after his four-star double this spring, and he has huge strength in depth of horses, so it won’t matter that he’ll want to keep something in reserve to go for the Grand Slam at Burghley. Frank Ostholt was seriously impressive winning Luhmuhlen earlier this year, and his previous form with the lovely Air Jordan 2 is consistent. He reckons he can improve on his Luhmuhlen dressage performance – and the horse is usually a good show jumper, which is vital. We’d love to have a world champion in H&H columnist William Fox-Pitt, but can Tamarillo keep the lid on his dressage exuberance? I’m concerned he may be playing catch-up after the first phase.
If Germany’s Frank Ostholt, Bettina Hoy and Ingrid Klimke all produce their best form, they’re probably unbeatable, especially backed up by the consistent dentist Hinrich Romeike. But Britain could push them all the way, so lets all keep our fingers crossed. Australia is unpredictable because of the selectors’ tendency to include a number of Australia-based riders, and it’s hard to predict how they will cope with the competition in the northern hemisphere. But with Andrew Hoy and World Cup champion Clayton Fredericks, the Aussies have a great chance.