Equestrian Australia (EA) today confirmed Bill Levett and Alexander NJ as the travelling reserve combination of Australia’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games Eventing team. Australia is permitted one travelling reserve combination for Eventing.
With events at Glorious Goodwood now just a matter of weeks away, a total of 31 top horses remain in contention for a place in the showcase event in Sussex, the Qatar Sussex Stakes. Expectation is certainly mounting in the build up to this race, along with a number of others, with this year’s field looking set to be one of the most competitive in recent history.
It is hardly surprising that such a large number of names still remain in the potential line up for the Group 1 race, with the renewal of the mile-long contest set to be worth over £1million this time around. The race takes place on July 27th, and with quality throughout the field, it is proving difficult for bookmakers and punters alike to select their favourites. Bookies.com have all the news in the build up to the race, with recent 2000 Guineas winner at Newmarket Galileo Gold currently tipped for the win.
With classic winners throughout the field, Aidan O’Brien trained duo Minding and The Gurkha will certainly be among the favourites with the bookmakers, alongside Awtaad and Jet setting, who are trained by Kevin Prendergast and Adrian Keatley respectively. With such young horses set to give their more experienced competitors a run for their money, it could well be a clash of the generations come race day. For all the horse racing tips in the build up to the race, head to Bookies.com, who have the latest news from all runners and trainers.
With little to separate these names over the past year, conditions in Surrey could well play a significant role in deciding the winner in just a few weeks’ time. Al Shaqab Racing’s Galileo Gold landed the opening British Classic of the season, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, before being beaten in the Irish equivalent by Awtaad. However, the duo again found themselves up against each other in the St James’ Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot, where Galileo Gold once again came out on top ahead of Awtaad in third place.
However, with Minding holding strong claims as being the best three-year-old in the whole of Europe currently, after classic wins in both the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and Investec Oaks as well as a victory over her elders in the Pretty Polly Stakes, her odds are certainly reflected in the betting odds. Bookies.com offer the best horse racing odds from a variety of online bookmakers ahead of the race.
Aidan O’Brien still has a decision to make regarding which race Minding will feature in however, with the three-year-old also among the fillies in contention for the Group One Qatar Nassau Stakes. The race is staged over nearly 10 furlongs on the fifth and final day of the Qatar Goodwood Festival, and could well be the preferred option for O’Brien.
Minding’s stablemate Even Song is also under consideration for the race, with this year’s event proving to be the richest of its kind in Europe, with a total prize money of £600,000 on offer. Even Song came out victorious in the recent Group Two Ribblesdale Stakes at Royal Ascot, and along with Arabian Queen, is one of only two horses to defeat the great Golden Horn when successful in the Juddmonte International at York last season.
EQUESTRIAN: The four Eventing rider and horse combinations selected for the 2016 Australian Olympic Team – Chris Burton (Santano II), Sam Griffiths (Paulank Brockagh), Shane Rose (CP Qualified) and Stuart Tinney (Pluto Mio) – have already been on their own amazing journey to get to Rio, and are poised to add to Australia’s remarkable history in this event.
Some of Australia’s #Rio2016 Eventing horses departed Australia overnight bound for the UK. CP Qualified (ridden by Shane Rose), Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison (ridden by Sonja Johnson) and Stuart Tinney’s horses Pluto Mio and Carlchen departed a cargo plane in Melbourne for a 30 hour flight which will involve stopovers in Singapore and the UAE.
EQUESTRIAN: Dressage rider Mary Hanna will become Australia’s oldest competing Olympian and just the third Australian woman to compete at five Games, when she competes at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Cousins Lyndal Oatley and Kristy Oatley along with Olympic debutant Kelly Layne have also earned selection to compete in the Team and Individual Dressage competition.
Show jumpers James Paterson-Robinson and Matt Williams have been rewarded for their impressive and consistent form to earn selection on the Rio 2016 Olympic Team. They join previously selected Edwina Tops-Alexander and Scott Keach to make-up an experienced show jumping team who are aiming for Australia’s best Olympic result. For Williams, 31, this is his third consecutive Olympic Team and he and his 14-year-old horse Valinski S are ready for clean jumping in Brazil.
Australia’s team for the Aachen round of the 2016 FEI Nations Cup Eventing Series has been announced. The Australian team will comprise the following combinations: Sammi Birch and Hunter Valley II (Owners: Lyndon McLeod and Sammi Birch) Chris Burton and Nobilis 18 (Owners: Sue Lawson, Carolyn Townsend and Chris Burton) Sonja Johnson and Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison (Owner: Nikki Harwood) Shane Rose and CP Qualified (Owners: Elizabeth Wischer and Shane Rose) Individual: Andrew Hoy & Rutherglen (Owners: The Rutherglen Syndicate)
Here is the Long List for Rio
PARA-EQUESTRIAN DRESSAGE –
Emma Booth – Mogelvangs Zidane
Sharon Jarvis – Ceasy
Lisa Martin – First Famous
Katie Umback – Gronskovlunds Marquis
Joann Formosa – Gb Winchester
Joann Formosa – Louisiana
Nikki Doogue – Dinant
Samantha Birch – Hunter Valley II
Christopher Burton – Santano II
Christopher Burton – Nobilis 18
Sam Griffiths – Paulank Brockagh
Andrew Hoy – Rutherglen
Sonja Johnson – Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison
William Levett – Alexander NJ
Shane Rose – CP Qualified
Shane Rose – Virgil
Paul Tapner – Prince Mayo
Stuart Tinney – Pluto Mio
Ryan Wood – Powell
William Levett – Improvise – Reserve
Stuart Tinney – Carlchen – Reserve
SHOW JUMPING –
Chris Chugg – Cera Cassiago
Julia Hargreaves – Vedor
Julia Hargreaves – Blinky Bill 6
Steven Hill – Yalambi’s Bellini Star
Scott Keach – Fedor
Jamie Kermond – Yandoo Oaks Constellation
James Paterson-Robinson – Amarillo
Edwina Tops-Alexander – Lintea Tequila
Edwina Tops-Alexander – Caretina De Joter
Edwina Tops-Alexander – Ego Van Orti
Matt Williams – Valinski S
James Arkins – Rosthwaite Vigilante II
Mary Hanna – Umbro
Mary Hanna – Boogie Woggie 6
Suzanne Hearn – Remmington
Kelly Layne – Udon P
Kristy Oatley – Du Soleil
Kristy Oatley – Ronan 2
Kristy Oatley – Swagman 2
Lyndal Oatley – Sandro Boy 9
Brett Parbery – Dp Weltmieser
Marge Tomkinson – Diamantina 4
The CCI4* event in Germany is the last chance for UK based riders Andrew Hoy, Bill Levett and Emma Dougall to impress selectors ahead of Rio Olympic selections.
THE joyful procession through the streets of Stockholm on a bright June day in 1956, was part of one of the most unusual episodes in the history of the modern Olympic Games. The parade, largely riders on horseback, wound its way to the Stockholm Olympic Stadium where the flame was lit, five months before the games were scheduled to begin in Melbourne.
Ryan Wood dominated the three-star divisions at the Jaguar Land Rover Bromont CCI, winning the CIC3* with Frankie and then returning to the ring to win the CCI3* Todd Sandler Challenge with Woodstock Bennett. On
Shane Rose is confident his top Olympic prospect CP Qualified has what it takes to challenge the world’s best in Rio. The Olympic silver medallist won the CIC3* class at the Saddleworld Melbourne International Three Day Event with a score of 40.20 and will use the 54 days to go to the Rio Opening Ceremony to improve that result. “He’s very close to doing the test that I want him to do,” said Rose. “I think there are another four or five marks that I can get off that final score which would be great. Low 30s would be even better.
Australia has finished second in the Houghton Hall CICO3* Eventing Nations Cup, narrowly missing top honours which were taken by Germany.
The Aussie team of Sam Griffiths (Beaurepaire Nemo), Andrew Hoy (Rutherglen), Kevin McNab (Wonham What Next) and Tim Boland (GV Billy Elliot) ended the three day event with a combined score of 143.5 finishing behind the German team’s winning score of 137.1.
Australia and Germany tussled for the lead from the outset, with Australia trailing Germany after the Dressage. The Aussies went into the lead with strong show jumping rounds and they carried a marginal lead into Sunday’s cross country.
Tim Boland competing in his first Nations Cup produced a clear jumping round on cross country adding six time penalties to his overall score. Andrew Hoy riding his London 2012 Olympic horse Rutherglen was the best placed of the Aussies individually producing a clear cross country round to add to his clear show jumping round.
Australia was in the lead up until the final rider for Germany, Bettina Hoy, produced a near precise cross country round to add just 1.2 time penalties to her overall score. It was enough for the German’s to clinch victory by the smallest of margins.
Source: Equestrian Australia