Horwood, now 17th in the 1,300 strong field, moved on to the leader board following three successive scores of 50 at short range and a solid 48 at 1,000 yards in the Corporation of the City of London shoot.
Conditions have not been easy but the Channel Islanders have been making their mark with Jersey’s Richard Benest now 19th and just one centre bull behind Horwood. Andrew Le Cheminant is 24th and Chris Cotillard 35th.
Jersey has six marksmen in the Donaldson Memorial final, a long range shoot. In contention are Daniel Richardson, Andrew Le Cheminant, Bruce Horwood, Alex Langley, Cliff Mallett and Chris Cotillard.
In the infamous 1,000-yard Corporation shoot, Mary Norman returned a sublime 49 with seven centre bulls to lead the Jersey challenge. Sophie Ponter scored 49 with six centre bulls and Richard Benest and Chris Cotillard also registered 49s.
Half-a-dozen scores of 50 were attained by Jersey’s full-bore shooters in the 300-yard Times competition while Horwood carded the only Jersey 50 in the 600-yard Wimbledon shoot to finish tenth with an eight centre bull count.
Horwood said: ‘It’s going well and it’s great to see Peter Jory at the top of the leader board. Peter will keep his cool in the St George’s 300-yard shoot and if he can nail a 75, which I’m sure he will, he will maintain his two-point lead.
‘I need to score a 75 as well to remain in the chase. Richard Benest, Andrew Le Cheminant and Chris Cotillard are all going like a dream and I’m sure they’ll remain focused and still be on the leader board tomorrow.’