Badminton: Andrew Nicholson takes early lead on 37.8

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New Zealander and Badminton veteran Andrew Nicholson has taken the early lead at the Mitsubishi motors badminton horse trials. And he has set the bar high.

With Nereo his 2010 WEG bronze medal partner and first ride of this years event. The duo took what could be an unassailable lead with a great score 37.8, as yet the first and only sub 40 score. Andrew, seemingly trying hard not to look too pleased, described the test as’ a standard test for him’.

Andrew, seemingly trying hard not to look too pleased, described the test as’ a standard test for him’.

At this stage of the competition New Zealanders have a one two three; Jock Paget and Clifton Promise currently lie second with Mark Todd, who first came to Badminton and won 35 years ago, in third with Leonidas. The duo would have scored higher had Mark not made a costly error of course by halting at the wrong place. Will that be his ‘if only’.

It is not impossible that all three  could still be at the top by the end of the dressage or at least until the final quarter ride their tests tomorrow afternoon. The way the draw has worked this year has meant that many of the favourites for the title are in the first quarter. Certainly any rider is going to have to produce a tip top test to head off Mr Nicholson in his bid to win a first Badminton title.

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