Kristy Oatley & Du Soleil Move To Top of Australian Olympic Standings After Leading Team to 4th Place at Odense Nations Cup

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Kristy Oatley and Du Soleil in the Odense Nations Cup.
Kristy Oatley and Du Soleil in the Odense Nations Cup.

ODENSE, Denmark, May 14, 2016–Kristy Oatley, a three-time Olympian, and Du Soleil moved to the top of the Australian Olympic standings when the pair led the team to fourth place at this CDIO3* Nations Cup Grand Prix.

Kristy, based in Hamburg, Germany and the 12-year-old Hanoverian gelding placed sixth individually on a score of 69.520 per cent and boosted her team to fourth place behind Sweden, Denmark and Germany in the seven-nation event. This was the first of two Australian observation events in Europe, the other being Rotterdam, Netherlands June 23-26.

The Australian-bsed combinations of Mary Hanna on Umbro scored 66.920 per cent and Maree Tomkinson on Diamantina 66.100 per cent. The team total was 202.54.

The team was handicapped by the withdrawal of Lyndal Oatley after her Sandro Boy, the top Australian combination at the 2012 Olympics, was not fit enough to compete here.

Kristy and Du Soleil and Maree and Diamantina will start in the Grand Prix Special. The best score in the Grand Prix Freestyle also counts to the final Nations Cup result.

However, at stake for the Australians is selection of four pairs for the team to go to the Rio de Janeiro Games in August.

The result for Kristy and Du Soleil put them ahead of Suzanne Hearn and Remmington that earned a score of 68.820 per cent in the CDI3* Grand Prix Friday.

Kelly Layne, based in Wellington, Florida who celebrated her 41st birthday Saturday, was awarded 67.880 per cent on Udon P in the CDI3* to stand third with Mary Hanna on Boogie Woogie fourth withbtheir score of 67.540 per cent from Friday.

Mary, a veteran four Olympics, is fifth on Umbro, Maree on Diamantine sixth and Brett Parbery of Penrose, Australia and DP Weltmieser seventh.

Lyndal, also based in Germany, and Sandro Boy will be awarded the average of the three lowest Grand Prix scores for a total of 66.066.