Rose flies home on Qantas Cross Country Day

Olympian Shane Rose has topped the leaderboard in first and second (CP Qualified and Virgil), after a thrilling day of cross country action at the 2015 Australian International Three Day Event (Aus3de) for the Qantas Cross Country Day. The Beijing silver medallist flew over the last Qantas jump to the finish line on a time if 11.08 on CP Qualified, adding just 3.2 time penalties to his overnight dressage score, bringing their total after the cross country to 45.30 penalties.

Rose’s second horse Virgil was seventh after the Dressage phase but now occupies second position after he was the only horse to complete the cross country course without incurring any jumping or time penalties. He will carry 50.80 penalties into Sunday’s Showjumping decider. This is the first time that Virgil has competed at CCI4* level and Rose said he took it all in his stride.

“He could win medals as a Showjumping horse probably. He has a great gallop and today he was up on his time the whole way around,” he said.
Rose says he still has some work to do, but is confident that both horses have the ability to go all the way.

“With CP Qualified, I just need to touch up on a few things, I need to get my preparation for the (dressage) test a bit better. “Virgil just needs time to get stronger, he’s a big lump of a horse with super power.

“I’ve got two exceptional horses so I’m very privileged. There’s a lot that could go wrong between now and tomorrow and then in the next nine months leading into Rio but so far everything is on track so we just need to make sure we keep going that way,” he said.

New Zealand rider Clarke Johnstone riding Balmoral Sensation is in third position after he also produced a strong cross country round which picked up just four time penalties (for a total score of 54.10).

Katja Weimann and BP Flamboyant, who were second after the Dressage phase remain in contention but have moved to fifth position after picking up 11.2 time penalties (for a total score of 60.30).

Olympic silver medallist Sonja Johnson and Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison were the big movers of the day, moving from 15th to 4th position after collecting just 1.2 time penalties (for a total of 59.40).

The Australian International Three Day Event CCI4* concludes on Sunday with the ATCO Showjumping phase. Final day action begins at 10.00am before the main event starts at 3:15pm.

The results at the end of the cross country day of competition were as follows:
1. Shane Rose, CP Qualified
2. Shane Rose, Virgil
3. Clarke Johnstone, Balmoral Sensation
4. Sonja Johnson, Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison
5. Katja Weimann, BP Flamboyant
6. Megan Jones, Kirby Park Allofasudden
7. Andrew Cooper, Black Crest
8. Sturt Tinney, Pluto Mio
9. Hazel Shannon, Clifford
10. Soigne Jackson, Gold

Full list of results are now available to view on the Aus3de website, www.australian3de.com.au.

The 2015 Australian International 3 Day Event (Aus3DE) is the triathlon of horse sports and the pinnacle of equestrian sport in Australia. It is one of the six top level Federation Equestre International (FEI) Classic Series events held around the world annually. For more information visit www.australian3de.com.au.

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