Equestrian Sir Mark Todd Todd eyeing yet another Badminton title

Equestrian legend Sir Mark Todd's been competing at the prestigious Badminton Horse Trials for nearly three decades.

He's one of five New Zealanders targeting the Holy Grail of the sport, which gets underway Friday morning (NZ time).

And despite winning four times in the past, Todd says that counts for nothing.

In fact, Todd's forgotten how many times he's graced the hallowed Badminton grounds.

"I first came here 39 years ago," said Todd, "I know that."

And the 63-year-old's kept coming back, this time on board veteran horse Campino.

"He was fourth a couple of years ago. He's a good old boy.

"I haven't had an ideal build up, I've been away for pretty much the last eight weeks, so he's probably fitter than I am."

Compatriot Tim Price is the man in form. He finished third in Kentucky earlier this week.

He's entered two horses - young buck Bango and Burghley winner Ringwood Sky Boy.

"He's of an age now that I'd like to think consistency is improving all the time," said Price. "Hopefully he knows all the tricks, we just need to put it together on the day."

Wife and defending champion Jonelle withdrew just days out from the Trials, with her horse struggling in the suprisingly dry conditions.

Todd is normally the centre of attention with his glittering career but he doesn't think that gives him an advantage.

"I've learned that you take nothing for granted."

Todd will become the oldest winner at Badminton this weekend if he can produce yet another magic performance.