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Townend Makes Raiding Plan For Tattersalls
Dublin, Ireland
Oliver Townend (GBR) and Flint Curtis
Oliver Townend (GBR) will make a renewed assault on the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing when he sails to Ireland for the qualifier at Tattersalls this weekend (30 - 31 May). He was heading the Dressage phase at Chatsworth (GBR) on Coup de Coeur when the event fell victim to torrential rain.

Already leading the HSBC FEI Classics after a win at The Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials, Townend, 26, again rides Coup de Coeur, by Joli Coeur, a horse with whom he has had much national success and who was once 3rd at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event under Olympic gold medallist Leslie Law (GBR).

In addition, Townend's former ride, Land Vision, will be competing at Tattersalls with new partner Mark Todd (NZL), who is having his first taste of HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing as the series was started during his eight-year retirement between the Sydney and Beijing Olympics.

Todd, 51, a former dual Olympic Champion, is back on the competition circuit, based in Wiltshire, Britain, with Belgium's Bruno Goyens de Heutsch. He also rides his Olympic horse Gandalf, who missed Badminton due to a minor neck injury.

Mary King (GBR), who was lying 3rd after Dressage at Chatsworth, has also re-routed to Ireland, with that horse, Imperial Cavalier, and also her home-bred mare Kings Temptress and new ride Fernhill Urco. The latter, an 8-year-old, is a new ride this spring, having won a CIC 3* at Barroca d'Alva in March with Portuguese rider Duarte Seabra, who is now based in Ireland and competing at Tattersalls on Gloster Rebel.

Fifty-five horses and 31 riders are entered for Tattersalls. They represent 6 nations: Ireland, Great Britain, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal and Sweden.

Tattersalls is likely to play an important part in team selection for the HSBC FEI European Eventing Championships and the home side, Ireland, has a strong entry headed by husband-and-wife team Michael and Patricia Ryan with Master Mexico and Old Road, plus Fernhill Clover Mist. Also entered are last year's winners, Lt Geoff Curran (IRL) with Kilkishen.

Curran is one of four riders, with Italy's Alberto Guigni, Mary King (GBR) and Pippa Funnell (GBR) to enter three horses. Funnell, who is also currently competing in show jumping on her husband William's home-bred youngsters, has Ensign, with whom she was 2nd at the HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing Final in Deauville last year, plus the jumping-bred Mirage d'Elle and Blue Horizon.

2009 HSBC FEI World Cup Eventing standings (after 4 of 9 qualifiers)
1 Megan Jones (AUS) 203
2 Simone Deitermann (GER) 117
3 Andreas Dibowski (GER) 104
4 Kai Rüder (GER) 92
5 Marina Köhncke (GER) 71
6= Heelan Tompkins  (NZL) 67
6= Georgia Clifford (AUS) 67
6= Julia Mestern (GER) 67
6= Peter Thomsen (GER) 67
10= Matthew Grayling (NZL) 64
10= Stuart Tinney (AUS) 64
10= Michael Jung (GER) 64
10= Sanna Siltakorpi (FIN) 64

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