McLain Ward produced a winning ride for the second successive day ©FEI

McLain Ward produced a superb performance to win on home turf for a second successive day at the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Cup Finals in Omaha.

The American produced another brilliant performance on 11-year-old mare HH Azur to win today's Grand Prix event at the Centurylink Center.

The Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Olympic team champion clocked a time of 36.87 to move within one ride of the overall World Cup title for the first time in 17 attempts.

“She’s an independent woman, I don’t think she needs me very much," he said about his horse. 

"I have to try to keep a handle on her, but she tries to give you everything she has, and she has a tremendous amount to give.

“In our sport there are three major events - the Olympic Games, World Championships and the World Cup Final - that we all very much want to win in our career. 

"It’s a big deal."

Belgium's Gregory Wathelet rode Forlap to second place in 39.39.

Romain Duguet of Switzerland also rode clear on Twentytwo Des Biches to finish third in 40.46.

The final jumping test is scheduled for Sunday (April 2).

Dressage action will resume tomorrow with freestyle finals.