A young and emerging talent and an established 4 star horse for Mark at Haras du Pin in France... McClaren ( Mac), who is on the up and Leonidas ( Leo) who was having his first international since Badminton.
Mac has just been selected for WEG with both Kilttubrid Rhapsody and Leonidas named as reserves. Leo was on good form on the flat and posted an assured test for 27.6 for thid place. Mac is a little greener but the mark of 34 still seemed a little harsh.... the quality of his work is quite outstanding in general but he does have a little way to go to match Leo's confience on the flat.
Confidence is something neither of them lack cross country for sure... they both blitzed around the track with Leo coming home under time and Mac just 1 second over. Leo sat in 2nd overnight and Mac had risen from 54th to to 29th.
The showjumping was very tight at the top and when Leo just tapped a rail he dropped down to 9th while Mac did his usual superstar showjuming round for a clear which elevated him up to 13th! Talk about the young pretender..such a apit of telented horses for Mark to have in his stable in such good form with both Burghley and a Championship looming.