Ireland's Denis Lynch incurred just one time fault in his opening Olympic round at Sha Tin, Hong Kong this afternoon, and will now go through to the next individual qualifier on Sunday.
Riding the 10-year-old gelding 'Lantinus', the Tipperary rider left all the poles standing, and ran slightly over the allowed time for the course.
Afterwards, Irish team manager Robert Splaine said: "It's a game of tactics at this stage. Denis, I think, knew well he would incur a time fault, but the horse has to be saved for the next two rounds of jumping on Sunday and Monday, when the competition will become seriously difficult."
Lynch currently holds joint 13th position in the first qualifier, but the faults incurred today are the vital element, for they are converted into points to be carried forward to the next qualifier on Sunday.
The final of the individual jumping competition will be held on Thursday August 21, when the top 35 riders left in the competition will be whittled down to a top 20 who will do battle for medal positions in the ultimate round.