America knows and loves Cambalda. Crowned Three-Star National Champion at Fair Hill in 2014 with Jennie Brannigan, he is a three-star winner on both coasts of the United States, plus his owners Tim and Nina Gardner are beloved owners who give so much to the sport.
Imagine the delight in the American office today when the Irish lads took notice of Cambalda’s incredible cross country clear rate. About time they noticed! A quick search of our database confirmed just how good this horse is at three-star level.
Since Cambalda stepped up to three-star in 2010, he has garnered more top-five placings at the level than any other horse in the world over the same time period.
We first saw Cambalda in a CIC3* with Jennie Brannigan at Plantation Field in 2010. He won there, followed soon after by another win in his first CCI3* at Galway Downs. Since moving up to three-star, Cambalda has finished in the top five in 20 of 24 runs at CIC3* and CCI3* — an 83.3% strike rate at those levels.
Cambalda’s 20 top-fives best double Olympic champions Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW, who have 19 top-fives over the same time period. Here’s a look at how Cambalda’s record stacks up to the rest of the world …
If we look purely at wins, Jennie and Cambalda’s seven three-star wins rank third in the world over the same time period, behind Michael and La Biosthetique Sam FBW with 10 wins, and Tegan Lush and Tempus Fugit with nine wins.
In addition to winning his CIC3* debut at Plantation Field and CCI3* debut at Galway Downs, Cambalda also won the Fair Hill CCI3* in 2014 to become the US National Three-Star Champion that year. Jennie and Cambalda have also won The Fork CIC3* twice and Great Meadow CIC3* twice.
Read on for a full breakdown of Cambalda’s 20 top-fives since he started his three-star career in 2010. Cambalda will aim for his eighth three-star win (and 21st top-five!) next week at the Ocala Jockey Club International Three-Day Event in Florida.
Cambalda’s personal best three-star finishing score to beat is a 42.8 from The Fork CIC3* in 2015. And is if we weren’t already excited enough at HQ, Jennie Brannigan is on a hot streak of 37 consecutive clear cross country runs at international level. She will look to extend that to 38 in Ocala.
As you’ve likely already guessed, Jennie Brannigan and Cambalda are one of our picks to contend for the win at the Ocala Jockey Club. Stay tuned for our full preview of the CIC3* class. EquiRatings are thrilled to be the Official Statistics Providers for the event!