A wonderfully warm Queensland Winter’s day provided perfect conditions for the second round of the Australian World Cup Qualifying Series for 2019/20, held this afternoon in Gatton QLD. Sponsored by Magic Millions, there was excitement in the air right from the start of today’s event. Not only were valuable World Cup points on offer for the 32 starting combinations, but clear first rounds would help riders in their quest to meet the Minimum Eligibility Requirements (MER) to be considered for a place on the Australian Jumping Team for Tokyo 2020.
We didn’t have to wait long for the first clear round. Third combination out, Tom McDermott and Alpha Activity set the standard, completing the course in just 86.55 seconds. Nineteenth out was the five-time Australian Champion, Chris Chugg riding PSS Levilensky, who recorded the only other clear round in a slightly slower time than McDermott. This was a brave performance from Chugg who was carrying a couple of injuries from a fall yesterday. Both these riders are now half-way towards meeting their MER for Tokyo.
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