Bidding for Badminton hat-trick

PUBLISHED: 10:00 26 April 2008 | UPDATED: 10:36 17 June 2010

MARY King is excited about her Badminton chances next weekend as she has two top horses at the prestigious event.

MARY King is excited about her Badminton chances next weekend as she has two top horses at the prestigious event. Her best chance of recording a hat-trick at the event - having previously won with King William and Star Appeal - comes with Imperial Cavalier. The horse was second in the main international advanced section at Belton Horse trials, beaten by just .3 of a point! Apache Sauce is the slightly less experienced of the two and has been drawn first to go with Imperial Cavalier fourth from the end. It means that Apache will perform his dressage on Thursday morning, when there will be a smaller crowd and fewer distractions. Mary said: "I am really looking forward to it. The draw is ideal and the organisers have promised much better ground than in previous years. "From my point of view it would be great if it didn't rain again from now until then!" Olympic horse Call Again Cavalier is having a mid-season break before building up to the event in August but has provided Mary with a typical 'horsy' moment, having been lame in the field midweek. She was off to get the offending foot x-rayed on Thursday. She said: "We believe it is an abscess and at least he has timed it well! "It could have been one of the Badminton-bound horses.

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