|A few members of The Trading Aces Syndicate (L-R: Anne Laver, Pierre Colin, Denise Lahey, Bonnie Stedt) with groom Lindsey Taylor and "Oscar". More members of the syndicate, not pictured, are attending the event as well.|
Boyd and Trading Aces had a fantastic first four-star test to stand in 12th place on a score of 47.5 today at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. The inimitable William Fox-Pitt (GBR) took the lead with a brilliant test on Chilli Morning with 33.3. In the end 45 horses started today; our thoughts are with Jennie Brannigan, who withdrew Cambalda after he sustained injuries in a longeing accident yesterday. Kudos to Jennie for keeping Ping's best interests at heart.
"Oscar's test was awesome, we couldn’t be happier! He’s so young, yesterday we weren’t sure what to expect. On Friday the stadium is packed with people; he was up there on 70% all through the trot. He was really listening to Boyd which was great. Unfortunately he had two changes that weren’t great, which hurt his score, but the other changes were good - we can’t expect more from a young horse. I think he’s definitely a horse for the future; in another year or so he’ll be in the 30’s, mark my words!!!
We gave him a quick ride this morning and kept him relaxed, then just before he went in the ring Boyd wound him up a little to show off his fabulous movement. I think this is a horse that can take Boyd places, I’m very excited for his future!
It’s so much fun having all the syndicate members here; it’s a great group of people and we’re having a lot of fun. We have a big table in the sponsor’s tent and had a lot of fun together. It’s great having all these people behind you; it makes the sport better and makes our job easier. I’m a big fan of the syndicates."