Another beautiful day at Blenheim Palace and the good weather brought a huge crowd into the Park who were all set to enjoy one of the last days of summer on offer with picnics and families in tow. The cross country started at 9.30am and it became fairly evident from the start that it was a proper 4 star that was going to have to be ridden positively.
Tim had a fairly long wait through the mammoth class and had plenty of time to see what was happening before he and Falco headed out. Falco has done some super rounds but he has has been undoubtedly disappointing at times when he has thrown away more than a couple of wins and today was his toughest test to date. He passed it with flying colours with a simply superb display of galloping and jumping and never looked in danger of doing anything but looking between the flags. They came home with 6 time on their card and a move up from 24th to 17th with their best phase still to come tomorrow.
In the evening sunshine Senza Fine tackled her biggest test to date with what Tim described as one of the most technical and difficult tracks he has jumped at this level all year. Senza looked slightly rattled by the atmosphere and the occasion as she rubbed the back rail of the first oxer but then she settled down and listened to Tim and put in her usual seriously classy clear round which moved her up into the top 10. Senza’s class go cross country tomorrow morning and that is always a hard fought battle for the top spot.
The day finished with a Kiwi drinks party to say thank you to Sir Mark Todd for all he has done for our sport and it was well attended by owners and sponsors alike, not to mention a few very welcome gate crashers who never miss a Kiwi party and have very much been a part of Mark’s career!