• Australian rider Edwina Tops-Alexander competes in the international jumping event of Bordeaux, on February 6, 2016. (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Second Podium in Two Weeks Leaves Edwina on Course for Rio.
By
Stuart Randall

Source:
AAP
11 Feb 2016 - 12:30 PM  UPDATED 11 Feb 2016 - 12:30 PM

Australian equestrian's best jumping rider Edwina Tops-Alexander has finished third in the Bordeaux round of the FEI World Cup.

It was Tops-Alexander's second podium finish in as many weeks and her consistent form late in the season has given her a boost ahead of next month's World Cup final in Gothenberg, and the Rio Olympics.

"My plan was to keep everything fast and smooth," said Tops-Alexander.

"My horse spends a lot of time in the air, so that's where we lost time, but I'm very happy with her."

With Bordeaux hosting the last of the qualifying rounds, the world's leading riders travelled to the French city in an effort to pick-up valuable points and secure their start in the final.

Riding Caretina De Joter, Tops-Alexander produced an identical result in Bordeaux to what she did in Zurich just a week earlier, qualifying for the jump-off with a clear first round and then producing the third fastest clear round in the jump-off.

With seven combinations producing two clear rounds, speed played important factor in determining the final placings.

French riders gave the host nation double reason to celebrate with Kevin Staut (Reveur de Hurtebise HDC) winning the class and Simon Delestre (Qlassic Bois Margot) finishing runner-up.

The FEI World Cup final will be held from March 23-28, with highlights of the Jumping Series beginning on SBS March 5th at 2pm.