Bramham 2016: Event Rider Masters CIC3* Preview

Bramham Park CIC3* General Stats

• 345 combinations have set out on the Bramham CIC3* course.
• 41 have completed within the optimum time (12%). Every year at least 2 competitors have made the time, the highest number came last year in 2015 when 11 combinations finished without penalties, a rate of 24%.
• 229 have jumped clear cross country (66%).
• 16 combinations have finished on their dressage score (4.6%).
• William Fox-Pitt and Chilli Morning are the only combination to have led the dressage and gone on to win.
• NZL riders have led the dressage on 4 out of 7 occasions (Sir Mark Todd x2, Neil Spratt & Andrew Nicholson). However, none of those four combinations went on to win, and only one of them jumped clear cross country (Andrew Nicholson & Epic – 2009).
• Jock Paget and Clifton Lush are the only winners (2011) that incurred a show jumping penalty. Their winning score of 49.4 is the highest on record for the Bramham CIC3*.
• Only two of the seven winners incurred cross country time faults, Neil Spratt & Upleadon (0.8) and William Fox-Pitt & Chilli Morning (5.6). However, Chilli Morning’s finishing score of 37.1 is the record for this class.

The Contenders

Clark Montgomery & Loughan Glen: The favourite is the only horse who has really demonstrated a likelihood of finishing in the 30s, and that’s Clark Montgomery’s Loughan Glen. Their dressage is a little off their 2015 form where they averaged in the low 30’s, but their 12 month average is still 37.5. They have only had one fence down in their last 7 show jumping rounds, they have been clear cross country every time out since the beginning of last year, and an achievable cross country time will play right into their hands. The record finishing score of 37.1 is in danger if this combination fires.

Izzy Taylor & Be Touchable: Izzy Taylor first international win came in 2013 at the Waregem CIC3* Nations Cup. Surprisingly, that win remains her only one at the CIC3* format from over attempts since 2010. However, her ERM Leg 2 mount, Be Touchable, could be the emerging star in this field. They won the Ballindenisk CCI2* at the end of last season on a score of 39.8. The horse produced its best test to date of 38.7 at Chatsworth last month, and it has never had an international show jumping penalty with Izzy in the saddle. The rider produced a stunning dressage test of 28.1 at the Bramham CCI3* on Orlando in 2014 so she can produce the goods at this venue. A definite contender.

Sir Mark Todd & NZB Campino: NZB Campino and Sir Mark Todd are the experienced combination. The horse was 12th at the London Olympics and has recently added four-star top 10 finishes at Luhmühlen, Pau and Kentucky to his CV. Their current dressage is trending at 40, but in 2014 they produced a 32.3 at Houghton CIC3*. Sir Mark had led the Bramham CIC3* dressage on two occasions, both with Regent Lad, but failed to jump clear cross country both times. In fact, from 5 attempts at the Bramham CIC3* course he has just 1 completion, finishing 5th with Chuckleberry in 2010.

Jonelle Price & Faerie Dianimo: The dressage of Faerie Dianimo and Jonelle Price is trending in the mid to late 40s which is ten marks behind where it was 12 months ago. If they can resolve those first phase issues then they are serious contenders. They are on a 7 run streak of no jumping penalties in either cross country or show jumping. They should have just enough speed for the Bramham optimum time, so these two are definite climbers. Their finishing score of 32.8 at the Luhmühlen CCI4* in 2015 would make them record breaker contenders if that first phase returns to form.

Pippa Funnell & Mirage D’Elle: Pippa Funnell has been runner-up twice in this class. Once with Billy The Biz last year, and the other occasion was with her ERM mount Mirage D’Elle back in 2013. They finished on their dressage score of 48.6 three years ago, but their rise from 11th to 2nd is unlikely to reoccur in this company. The horse averages 45.9 form his last 5 runs, which combined with some solid course form of three double clears from three attempts, could see them take home some valuable ERM prize money for a top five finish.

Sam Griffiths & Happy Times: If you’re looking for an old favourite, its likely to be the 17-year-old Happy Times for Sam Griffiths. They’ve hit the top five at both Badminton and Burghley in their past, and their CIC3* cross country form figures are 11 clears from their last 11 runs. Their dressage is trending at 41.2 which is competitive even in this company. Show jumping could add a rail for them on form figures, but a top 10 would be a sure thing if they still have their A-game.

William Fox-Pitt & Cool Mountain: William Fox-Pitt lines up again with Cool Mountain. Their 47.6 dressage at Chatsworth left them too far off the pace, and they will need to better that here despite the field having less depth. They haven’t hit the top five since finishing 3rd at Pau CCI4* in 2013. William holds the record finishing score in this class (37.1 on Chilli Morning) but he has a lot to find on recent figures with this former WEG silver medallist (2010).

Laura Collett & Mr Bass: The reigning 7-year-old World Champion, Mr Bass with Laura Collett, arrives here on the back of a double clear at Houghton Hall in their first CIC3* having scored 47.4 in the first phase. They finished on a 45.2 when taking the world title at Le Lion, but their 12-month dressage average in the mid-40s could leave them a little off the pace here if they are to challenge the leader. However, this is a rising star and he has only ever had one international rail down and only ever incurred a career total of 3.6 time penalties on the cross country.

Vittoria Panizzon & Borough Pennyz: Borough Pennyz and Vittoria Panizzon placed 7th at Badminton in 2013, 11th at the 2012 Olympic Games and 8th at the Malmo European Championships in 2013. Their last six internationals average 48.4 in the first phase which is some way off their career best of 37 at the 2013 Hartpury CCI2*. The mare averages just 1 show jumping penalty from 12 efforts in CIC3* classes, and they’re on an 80% success rate at jumping clear in the cross country phase. Another combination that would be dangerous if they returned to their best.

Nicola Wilson & Annie Clover: The one horse who has actually won this class before is Nicola Wilson’s Annie Clover. They come here looking to retain their title from last year, having regained form with a recent 3rd place at the Houghton CIC3*. This combination have serious Bramham form, with 3 appearances netting them three top-five finishes. Their winning score in 2015 was 37.4 and that would take some beating if they reproduced that form again.


Astier Nicolas & Molakai — Leader, 30 points: Astier currently leads the ERM Series after his win with Piaf De B’Neville in the ERM Leg 1 at Chatsworth. Their score of 45 equalled the lowest finishing score in that class at Chatsworth in the last 5 years (Andrew Nicolson & Viscount George 2013). In leg 2, Astier brings Molakai, a horse that has already achieved a top 10 finish in the CCI3* at Saumur this year. Their best dressage test came in the CIC3* at Hartpury in 2015 – a 43.4, but averages suggest a mid-forties score can be expected which is unlikely to challenge the day 1 leaders. Astier’s final placing in the ERM leaderboard after leg 2 is likely to hinge on the what happens over the coloured poles. Three down at both Belton and Saumur this year and a repeat at Bramham is likely to prove costly.

Gemma Tattersall & Santiago Bay — 4th place, 24 points: The in-form Team GB rider at the moment will be hoping her experience can help her 8-year-old mare Santiago Bay in just her second start at this level. Both horse and rider are on a clear upward curve at the moment so not too much can be learned from the 52.4 they scored in the dressage at Chatsworth CIC3* and their time penalties cross country (18.8) would suggest it was very much an educational round. They have knocked just one pole in their last seven rounds of international jumping (Le Lion 7yo Class 2015). Gemma will be hoping this young horse is ready and if she is close to Astier after dressage, it will be an excellent opportunity to pass the Frenchman on the overall leaderboard.


Pia Munker & Stachus 9: We had hoped we would get to see Pia ride Louis M in this phase but the horse was very recently sold to the U.S. Pia is a talented rider in the first phase, with six international tests in the 20s since 2014. Pia arrives here in Stachus 9, the winner of the CIC2* at Floors Castle this year, having led the dressage by nearly 8 marks on a score of 33. Stachus 9 also won the CIC2* at Kreuth in 2015, the venue where Pia broke the record for the EquiRatings world record dressage test of 20.6 (Kreuth CIC2* 2015) on her former mount Louis M. Stachus has jumped six clear show jumping rounds in his last eight international outings. The final phase will be key for Pia, as Stachus 9 has only two CIC3* level competitions on his CV. He picked up jumping and time penalties at Renswoude and time at Breda (both last year).

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