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April 22, 2011

Oliver Townend

Oliver Townend and OST Sonas Rovatio. Photo by Kit Houghton.

Stats: age 28, Shropshire, England.

ODT Sonas Rovatio: b. g., 16.1 hands, 9 years, Irish-bred (Diamond Mine—D’s And Do’s), owned by Andrew Cawthray.

Last year, this pair was eighth at the Boekelo CCI*** (the Nether-lands), 20th at the Blenheim CIC*** (England) and won the Strzegom CCI** (Poland).

Jimmy's Prediction: It is a safe bet that Oliver will improve on last year’s performance. His quest for the Rolex Grand Slam ended halfway around last year’s cross-country course, when he suffered an unscheduled deployment of his air vest. ODT Sonas Rovatio is not experienced enough at this level to win here, but Oliver’s skills should be sufficient to sneak into the top 10.

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