First on at 9 am and whilst Falco and the crew were strutting their stuff in the warm up and your correspondent was sitting behind a caravan on the A34 that had spread itself over three lanes ( yes, actually into the fast lane of the opposite dual carriageway as well) and the resulting chaos by the increasingly inept transport police ensured that something that could have been dealt with fairly swiftly turned into ” Lets close the entire road for 30 mins while we park up our 4WD vehicles and not tow said debris off the road”. To say I was not exactly full of sympathy for said caravan owner would be an understatement!
Tim was pretty happy though with his score of 29.2 and hats off to the pair of them as their first attempt at a 4*L has resulted in a plus 70% score which is pretty cool. A couple of blips kept him off the 22.7 that Izzy Taylor is leading with but no one could be disappointed with Falco’s debut at this level.
The track is demanding enough and it is a fair test at this level. It would be on the strong side but the footing is fast and the field is class. Blenheim is never a dressage track and I think what is an incredibly close scoreboard now will be juggled around tomorrow. Senza Fine ( Photo above) is sting 15th at the end of play for the 8/9 year olds so she gets to show off in her showjumping tomorrow afternoon and expect the climb to begin!