Fence 20 (La Bolee Des Vignettes — an apple cart, pictured below) and fence 23 (Le Hibou Du Lion, an owl hole, pictured top), have both been taken out of Pierre Michelet’s track. It is expected that the route will be altered and the distance and 11min 30sec optimum time shortened by these changes.
All the riders have mentioned the soft ground when asked about the course and combined with the long track, big fences and hilly terrain, it is expected to be a taxing test.
The weather has been dry and sunny today (Friday 29 August) at Haras du Pin, although some riders are concerned these conditions will actually leave the going more sticky and tiring.
“I don’t think sun at this stage will help — it’ll do nothing but become tacky,” said Oliver Townend this morning.
But Tina Cook said she thinks the terrain looks like it will drain well. “I hope it rides well and the rain stays away,” she said.
Paul Tapner said he was in favour of the changes: “I thought the fitness requirement of the course was too much. If there are not so many tired horses finishing tomorrow that can only be a good thing and it won’t really affect the competition.”
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