No one in Bramham Park was more surprised by a score of 28.1 than its recipient, rider Izzy Taylor in the Equi-Trek CCI3*.  Riding the French-bred Orlando, Izzy’s face was a picture as the commentator announced the amazing score to an expectant crowd.  The elegant chestnut, owned by Di Davies, Irene Graham and Anita Dalton, consistently scored eights and nines with a single perfect ten to finish for Izzy’s riding from one judge. This gives them over ten penalties in hand over Thursday’s leader, Belgium’s Karin Donkers with Lamicell Unique on 38.5.  Third last to go Pippa Funnell snuck into third with Or Noir de la Loge with the only other sub 40 score to upset Mark Todd’s stranglehold on the top five as he lies fourth and fifth with NZB Campino and Amacuzzi respectively.

A stunned Izzy said; “He felt good and there weren’t any particular mistakes – perhaps his changes let him down a little.  He’s attractive with good paces and flatwork is his thing but I never expected a 28!  We got 37 at Chatsworth and I thought today’s test was worth about the same but was surprised with the mark.”

Izzy’s looking forward to riding the cross country test set by designer Ian Stark; “It’s our first three day together and he has some super CIC form from last year so tomorrow will be interesting.  You never really know what they have until you ask.  It’s a nice track; I like Ian’s courses as they suit my riding style,” she said.

Listen to a full interview in our media section.

The Equi-Trek CCI gets the cross country action underway at 9:00am and Huddersfield born Oliver Townend is first out of the box on ODT Ghareeb.

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