An early start for Jonelle this morning as Faerie Magnifico ( George) was second into the arena for the CI2*L dressage at 8.07 and being a smart chap on the flat he did his thing for a 29.1 and then retired to his stable to pull faces at anyone who interrupted his return to cat napping. By the end of the huge class he was in 3rd spot, just 1.1 off the lead and the lone foreign flag in a sea of French ones which covered the whole of the top 20.
That set the day off to a great start and more good news was to follow. Tim and Spartacus ( Sparty) blew the cobwebs away with a PB of 29.2 which is more than respectable for Sparty’s return to the International arena and a credit to all the work that Tim has put into him over lockdown. They lie in 15th spot which is pretty cool in a very hot class.
Grappa Nera ( Grape) is a hot black mare and she has scored some spectacular marks in the past…2 years ago at Barbury in the CI3*S it was a 45, then last year at her two 4* starts she posted a 35 and a 40. Today she was showing signs of really growing up and a 32 in the hot 4*S is a real sign of progress and Jonelle was really happy with her. She is an out and out jumping machine with a sportscar engine and has a very loyal syndicate of owners who are in it for the long haul and I have no doubt that she will be an incredible 5 star horse.
McClaren (Mac) was the very last to go in the 4*S and he made the most of being back in an international arena for the first time since Tryon (WEG) in 2018. He did a super test and he and Jonelle look awesome together as they slopped through quite allot of surface water sitting on the sand. A 28.2 is good enough for 9th spot and well deserved.
Tim and Happy Boy are in the 3*L and have quite the reputation to defend being reigning 7 year old young horse World Champions. They didn’t disappoint with a 27 which has left them in 2nd spot by just 0.3.
So a good day… despite France suddenly being in the closure of the air corridor bracket. Team Price have some 10 horses, 2 Horseboxes, 5 staff, 3 riders, 1 boxer dog and two children in France but we had plans in place and we are applying them now. Exemptions can and will rightly be applied as they are not on the streets of Paris and hanging out in nightclubs but in a very restricted zone with all Covid 19 measures in place and no public allowed. 2020 continues to be a logistical challenge!