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Todd seventh at Kentucky four-star event

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 1/05/2016

Sir Mark Todd made strides on the final day of the Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington but the New Zealand great couldn't come close to threatening runaway German winner Michael Jung.

Todd, riding NZB Campino, knocked down one fence on the showjumping phase to climb five spots to a seventh place finish.

His four penalty points left him on 60.4, more than 20 behind world No.1 ranked eventer Jung, who comfortably defended his title on Fischerrocana FST. His score of 39.2 penalty points was well clear of five American riders, led by second-placed Lauren Kieffer on Veronica.

Todd was consistent across the first four-star event of the year, sitting sixth after the dressage and 11th following a gruelling cross-country phase.

Jock Paget was the next best Kiwi in 14th on Clifton Signature, knocking down two fences but improving one place.

Blyth Tait was 44th on Xanthus III and Joe Meyer 51st on Clip Clop while New Zealand's highest-ranked eventer, Tim Price, was eliminated when Bango failed to complete the cross-country on Saturday.

The leading New Zealanders now turn to the Badminton Horse Trials starting on Thursday as the selection race for the Rio Olympics intensifies.

They are expected to be joined by three-time Olympic medallist Andrew Nicholson, who is still recovering from a serious neck injury suffered in a fall nine months ago.

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