Equestrianism: Funnell flies the flag for Britain on Ensign
Saturday 10 September 2005
Phillips admitted to being "quite surprised" when she was chosen to be one of Britain's four team members after Funnell's Olympic mount, Primmore's Pride, was injured. Funnell, a regular team member since 1999 and twice winner of the European title, is among the eight Britons contesting individual honours.
Funnell has still made her presence felt with the best British dressage score on the inexperienced Ensign, while Phillips proved able to shoulder her new responsibility with a lovely flowing test on Toytown, which has left her best of the home team in this initial phase.
The German team, among them Frank Ostholt who shares third place with Phillips, now have the advantage over the home side who are aiming for a sixth consecutive team win. Two Britons - Leslie Law, now 11th on his winning Olympic partner, Shear l'Eau, and William Fox-Pitt, who is 12th on Tamarillo - felt harshly marked by the Swiss judge Christian Landolt. Both are hoping to make up ground in today's cross-country.
There are varying views concerning the course designed by Mike Etherington-Smith. Hoy believes that it is nearer four-star level than three, while Fox-Pitt says that it is "nowhere near that." He does, however, concede that the course is big "with plenty of chances to make mistakes".
Latest in Sport
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?
WWE Raw results: Brock Lesnar suspended for post-Wrestlemania 31 rampage after losing title to Seth Rollins
WrestleMania 31: The Undertaker begins a new streak after tombstoning Bray Wyatt
Louis van Gaal: Manchester United boss reveals that being a 'slow player' made him a better manager on warts and all documentary
Proposals for 'scripted' Premier League matches stepped up after success of Wrestlemania 31
- 1 Tidal launch: The most pretentious lines from Alicia Keys' valedictory speech
- 2 Martha Stewart accuses Snoop Dogg of 'smoking for four hours' during Justin Bieber Roast
- 3 Trevor Noah: Jon Stewart's replacement faces online criticism over 'anti-Semitic' tweets
- 4 Turkey power cut: Prime Minister says nationwide blackout could be caused by terrorists
- 5 Gamers confess the worst things they've done in The Sims
Ukip supporters are 55 or older, white and socially conservative, finds British Social Attitudes Report
Street preacher quoting from the Bible fined for calling homosexuality an 'abomination'
Woman filmed launching racist tirade against men on the Tube for speaking in 'own lingo'
The West has it totally wrong on Lee Kuan Yew
David Cameron calls Labour 'hopeless, sneering socialists' while announcing 7-day NHS plans
Revealed: Putin's army of pro-Kremlin bloggers
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This leading supplier of compliance software a...
£24000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: The Associate System Engineer r...
Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: An Executive Assistant is required to join a l...
£45000 - £50000 per annum + benefits : Ashdown Group: A highly successful, glo...