Spaniard Alvarez Moya still leads the provisional rankings, but Frenchman Staut is hot on his heels. Both have already qualified for April's finals in Gothenburg.
Also already to secure his place in Sweden is Swiss rider Pius Schwizer, who sits in third place, but Roger-Yves Bost and Jens Fredricson, who lead the chasing pack, are yet to secure their berths.
The pair are two a several riders hoping to reach Gothenburg; indeed even Steve Guerdat in 12th position still has a realistic chance of making it.
For others, like Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Scott Brash, there is still a long way to go. Zurich, Bordeaux and s’Hertogenbosch will be the three last decisive legs for them all.
In the dressage field, lively Italian Valentina Truppa leads but Kristina Sprehe is just behind, one point back.
Tinne Vilhelmsson Silfvén, Marcela Krinke Susmelj, Edward Gal and Minna Telde follow, with Amsterdam on the horizon on January 18 to 20.
After the Dutch leg, just Neumünster and s’Hertogenbosch remain to pick up crucial points.
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