Funnell still has double chance
Saturday 25 May 1996
As they prepare to tackle today's cross-country, Funnell has a seven- point advantage on the impressive grey Marshlands Rubio. Avril Johnston, the overnight leader on Independent Archie, is now lying second - just 0.8pts ahead of Funnell's other mount, Rainbow Magic.
Marshlands Rubio is a son of Jennie Loriston-Clarke's Olympic dressage partner, Dutch Gold, and he did justice to his illustrious sire with a superb test yesterday. Rubio has wonderful paces and a natural cadence, which combined to make his test stand out above the rest.
This year's one-day event results suggest that Marshlands Rubio is pretty nifty across country as well, having won at Dynes Hall and Tidworth. Independent Archie has also proved his ability to jump solid obstacles. His tricks used to include an escaping act, which involved jumping over a brick wall out of his field.
Archie was so impossible as a youngster that he was almost put down, before Johnston took him on as a four-year-old having been impressed by those leaps over the brick wall. He won the Novice Scottish Championship two years ago and has made the journey from Berwick-on-Tweed to Windsor in order to compete in his first three-day event.
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