Watch top riders reflect on Badminton cross-country day
Ireland’s Austin O’Connor put in the fastest round of the day to speed up the leaderboard on Colorado Blue, moving up from equal 34th after dressage to second overnight
Oliver Townend had a mixed day, failing to finish on his first horse Swallow Springs, but moving Ballaghmor Class into third towards the end of the day.
Gemma Stevens holds sixth with Jalapeno, although she admitted she was a little scared before her round.
They say form is temporary, but class is permanent – and William Fox-Pitt proved that today. He sits 12th overnight on Grafennacht.
Riders across the field agreed that the ground conditions were testing, with 28 combinations failing to finish.
- Find out what the cross-country pathfinder and other top names had to say about the way the course rode
James Rushbrooke and Milchem Eclipse were among the big climbers on the Badminton Horse Trials cross-country results, rocketing 40 places up the leaderboard with their clear jumping round.
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