"Normally I'd prefer to go later but, with all the rain today, it may be an advantage to go early," he said after yesterday's draw.
William Funnell is a newcomer to Aachen, but he has already discovered that they build tough courses here.
Funnell withdrew after walking the course for the Preis von Nordrhein-Westfalen, won by the experienced German partnership of Otto Becker on Dobel's Cento yesterday, believing that it would undermine the confidence of his immensely promising nine-year-old mount, Cortaflex Tibor.
Nick Skelton and Russell were best of the British, finishing eighth with a single error in the first round.
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