Sunshine but still the arctic wind for Burnham for the jumping phases which made the drying ground firmer. It was not a surprise to see 5*winner Toledo De Kerser withdrawn or up and coming CHF Cooliser (Eliza) as the Burnham Market we had been promised failed to materialise.
To be clear, these are my views not Tom’s but a very plain track, a few questions worthy of 4 star and plenty of intermediate fences thrown in as let ups coupled with ground that was so much on the firm side of good that it is nearly not acceptable at this level is not a great advert for the only 4 Long in the UK. Add in the most expensive entries seen this year plus laughable prize money and the future doesn’t look bright.
So Tom started the week with 5 horses and by Saturday just had Fig to run in the 4L. Fig jumped and galloped with a new vigour at 4 star and was honest enough to finish on his dressage score which left him inside the top 15. A clear round on Sunday in the SJ elevated him up to the top 12 with a final 11th spot and his season ticked off for the mess that is 2020.
In the 8/9 CI4*S class Tom had left in Bob Chaplin and Dreamaway. They both show jumped clear to their credit and whilst neither quite got the time XC the dust they kicked up showed it was firm enough. Bob came home just 1.2 over for 4th and Dreamy added 7.6 for 10th. Two super horses for the future with good results under their belt.
I have a sneaking suspicion that Toledo De Kerser may partake in a a slow round at Pontispool tomorrow prior to his 5* run at Pau…