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Todd slides to 12th place in Kentucky

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 30/04/2016

Hopes of a New Zealander winning the Kentucky Three-Day Event have evaporated after Sir Mark Todd lost ground during the cross-country phase.

Todd, who was sixth following the dressage in Lexington riding NZB Campino, slipped to 12th after picking up 13.2 time penalties on Saturday. It pushed his overall score out to 56.4 penalty points.

He remains the leading Kiwi, three places ahead of Jock Paget (57.1), who was handed 9.6 time penalties on Clifton Signature.

Tim Price, who was 20th overnight, was eliminated when Bango failed to complete the cross-country course.

Blyth Tait is 50th and Joe Meyer 51st of the 56 riders remaining from the original field of 72.

Defending champion and world No.1 ranked eventer Michael Jung extended his lead on Fischerrocana FST. Jung (35.2) accrued just 0.8 time penalties to sit more than 12 points clear of his nearest rivals heading into Sunday's showjumping.

The 10 riders between Jung and Todd are all from the United States.

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