Equestrian - Bordeaux set for decisive World Cup action

All eyes turn to Bordeaux this weekend when the World Cup carriage driving final and two decisive qualifiers for the showjumping and vaulting circuits take place.

Equestrian - Bordeaux set for decisive World Cup action

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In carriage driving, five drivers will attempt to dethrone Australian Boyd Exell, the current title holder and double world champion.

Exell will start in Bordeaux as favourite, but Dutch trio Ijsbrand Chardon, Koos de Ronde and Theo Timmerman, along with Sweden's Tomas Eriksson and Hungarian Jozsef Bobrovitz will hope to have the last word.

In the showjumping class, the pressure will be on as riders scramble for points in the penultimate qualifier before the finals in Gothenburg between April 24 and 28.

Nine of the 10 best riders in the world will be in Bordeaux. Last year's winner Kevin Staut will aim to repeat in his home nation, while Portugal's Luciana Diniz is looking for a third straight victory off the back of her success in the CSI5* Grand Prix in Basel and the World Cup qualifier in Zurich last month.

The stakes are equally high in the vaulting classs as Bordeaux is the last leg before the finals in Brunswik between March 14 and 17.

In the men’s category, both Nicolas Andreani of France and the Czech Lukas Klouda are able to clinch top spot on the leaderboard.

In the women's, the fight is between Italian Anna Cavallaro and Swiss Simone Jaïser, who will aim to take advantage of her rival’s absence to move up into the lead.

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