Could your horse jump this? Walk today’s two-star Royal International course

  • More than 50 combinations came forward for the Prenetics Castle Stakes, this afternoon’s two-phase CSI2* class at the Prenetics Royal International Horse Show. Come with us to see the fences they had to face…

    The 1.35m-1.40m class started on the Devil’s Dyke side of the international arena, with this cream oxer

    Then it was left-handed to a big vertical at fence two

    And right-handed to a solid square oxer at fence three. These first three caused few problems…

    But then came the tricky line of a triple bar at four

    Followed by the Prenetics double at fence five; an oxer in

    And an upright out. This double caught a few out

    As did fence six, on a straight related distance after the double

    Fence seven also caused issues; two riders in a row were eliminated for two refusals at this unusual-looking wall, while others had a single refusal or tipped a brick out

    Then it was a bending line to a double at fence eight, a vertical in

    And an oxer out

    Then a related distance to the famous Hickstead planks

    The jump-off started after fence nine so all those who had jumped the first phase clear — and for some, it was only these planks they hit — went right-handed to fence 10, the Science Supplements vertical

    A bending line followed to the oxer at 11, which fell once or twice

    Then it was left-handed back to the Al Shira’aa vertical

    Right-handed again to the vertical at 13

    And we’re back where we started for the last, another cream oxer at 14

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