Whittington third heading into cross-country at Badminton

10 May 2014 / 08:07

He might have slipped down a place in the overall standings but Great Britain’s Francis Whittington insists he is over the moon with his current position at the Badminton Horse Trials.

After day one Whittington found himself in second place behind 2010 champion Paul Tapner.

But it is no longer Tapner leading the way as after the second day of dressage American Clark Montgomery is now the rider to beat, bumping Whittington down to third.

However Whittington is still ahead of some big names in the sport, including fellow Brit and world number one William Fox-Pitt who sits joint seventh, and he admits he can’t believe his luck heading into the cross-country phase.

"I wasn't confident enough to watch lots of tests, I'd watch half of them and that was enough,” Whittington said.

“There's been some good tests but I'm happy to have such a good placing ahead of the cross-country.”

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