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45 Arsenal v Sunderland Man City v West Brom WEDNESDAY 17 Southampton v Man Utd THURSDAY 18 Leicester v Tottenham SUNDAY 21 Arsenal v Everton Burnley v West Ham Chelsea v Sunderland Hull v Tottenham Leicester v Bournemouth Liverpool v Middlesbrough Man Utd v Crystal Palace Southampton v Stoke Swansea v West Brom Watford v Man City Málaga Football MONDAY 1 Málaga v Seville SUNDAY 7 Málaga v Celta Vigo SUNDAY 14 Real Sociedad v Málaga SUNDAY 21 Málaga v Real Madrid Cricket FRIDAY 5 - SUNDAY 7 England v Ireland, ODI’s 24, 27 & 29 England v South Africa, ODI’s Cycling FRIDAY 5 – SUNDAY 28 Giro d’Italia Equestrian WEDNESDAY 3 – SUNDAY 7 Badminton Horse Trials THE COURSE Eric Winter’s debut course for the 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials has a distinct look to it. It greatly resembles the swashbuckling tracks of the 1970s, but with the advantage of 21st century safety technology. Unlike many modern courses there is a deliberate lack of superfluous decoration with most fences using massive rustic timber. Starting as ever in the main arena over the ASX STARTER, this year riders head in a clockwise direction over an inviting roll top brush the ROLEX ROLLTOP. There is a new look to the Keepers ditch with a large but inviting table KEEPERS QUESTION and another single fence MIKE WEAVERS HAYWAIN. The first real question comes with the four part SAVILLS STAIRCASE, rails, two steps down and an angled brush away. A gallop towards the House then introduces a very substantial table COUNTRYSIDE BIRCH, where the brave can angle it and save several seconds cutting inside a tree on landing. Eric has put THE LAKE complex earlier than recently as he felt he could then make it a bit more of a challenge. First come the L200 PICKUP TRUCKS, then a massive drop into the water, a right turn to a wooden cottage out and a brushed up log. (There are time consuming alternatives here). Instead of pockets of relentless action there is a flow to the course which next takes in an uncompromising white parallel in front of the House, the OFFSET OXER then ahead to the SHOGUN HOLLOW, two wide corners with a dip between. A longish gallop follows down to the Vicarage Ditch where Eric has reintroduced an eighties classic, the KBIS BRIDGE. It is then left to the OUTLANDER CONTINUED ON PAGE 54 ISSUE 188