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Sir Mark Todd leads NZ hopes at Kentucky

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 29/04/2016

Evergreen equestrian Sir Mark Todd is the best-placed New Zealander in sixth following the dressage phase of the Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Todd steered NZB Campino to a solid opening score as the second wave of competitors in the 70-strong field completed their rides in Lexington.

Posting 43.2 penalty points, Todd sits behind four United States rivals and leader Michael Jung of Germany.

World No.1 Jung scored 34.4 riding Fischerrocana FST, the horse he rode to victory in Kentucky last year.

Kiwis Jock Paget and Tim Price, who were both in the top-10 following the first wave of competition on Thursday, were 17th and 20th respectively following day two. Paget scored 47.5 on Clifton Signature while Price notched 48.3 on Bango.

Former winner Blyth Tait is 38th on Xanthus III while Joe Meyer is 60th on Clip Clop.

Todd's glittering career doesn't include a victory at the four-star event in Kentucky.

The only New Zealand to taste success in the last 15 years is Andrew Nicholson on Quimbo in 2013.

Nicholson is recuperating from a serious spinal injury but has entered the year's second FEI Classic, the Badminton four-star event next week.

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