Nicolas Touzaint goes into the lead at Fontainebleau
As the cross country test is usually one of his strong points, Nicolas Touzaint, the French leader was eagerly awaited when he arrived at 12.15 pm in the start box. He was in 4th place after the dressage event with Hildago de l'Ile (the horse with which he won the Badminton Horse International Trials (CCI 4*) in 2008). The rider from Angiers confirmed his talent and finished the course -with a wonderful performance- in 6'39'' (1.6 penalty points). As a result he found himself at the top of the provisional line up. None of the other riders managed to dislodge him. Neither Bettina Hoy/ Ringwood Cockatoo (GER) (who was 1st after the dressage test) who finished the cross country test with a time of 7'02" (10.8 pts), nor Lucinda Fredericks / Headley Brittania (AUS), 3rd in the provisional line up the day before, who finished the cross country test in 7'04" (11.6 penalty points) and dropped back to the 7th place after this part of the competition.
The best time for the cross country test (the ideal time) was achieved by the rider and horse which were Olympic Champions in the team event in 2004, Arnaud Boiteau / Expo du Moulin. The rider finished the round without any problems in 6'35". His performance allowed him to climb 12 places in the rankings, putting him in 5th position in the provisional line up after the cross country test.
As for the rankings, here are the results after the cross country test:
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