Stats: age 26, San Ramon, Calif.
Jumbo’s Jake: b. g., 15.3 hands, 13 years, British-bred Irish Sport Horse (Jumbo—Lake Princess), owned by India McEvoy.
This pair was eighth in the Jersey Fresh CCI*** (N.J.) and third in the Galway Downs CCI*** (Calif.) last year. This spring they were second in a division of advanced at Twin Rivers Horse Trials (Calif.) and third in the CIC*** at Galway Downs (Calif.).
Jimmy’s Prediction: James and Jumbo’s Jake have had a good season of preparation. They will go well here but will be startled by the intensity of competition at four-star level and will finish in the middle of the pack.
Parker: b. g., 16.3 hands, 9 years, U.S.-bred Thoroughbred (Marquetry—Hello Mom, Caveat), owned by rider.
This pair was ninth at the 2010 Jersey Fresh CCI*** (N.J.) and seventh in the Galway Downs CCI*** (Calif.) that fall. This spring, they were ninth in a division of advanced at Twin Rivers (Calif.) and won the advanced horse trials at Galway Downs in March.
Jimmy’s Prediction: Parker is the slightly less experienced of the pair of James Alliston’s rides. He will be looking for an educational round on which to build future success.