David Horsey leads the Russian Open after day one following an impressive opening round.

England's Horsey is looking for his first victory on the European Tour for over three years and carded a seven under par 65 to sit atop of the leaderboard at the Tseleevo Golf and Polo Club on the outskirts of Moscow.

The 29-year old is the current world number 198 but experienced a faultless round and managed seven birdies, five of which were on the back nine.

Horsey has four top 10 finishes this season and had a share of ninth during last month's Lyoness Open in Austria.

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Search for consistency

Horsey is glad to see his hard work paying off and hopes that he can eradicate his inconsistency.

"I have been working hard on my game the last 9-to-10 months and while it's been a bit inconsistent, the good stuff has been really good and it's just that inconsistency and a lack of confidence with it that's hurt a bit," he said.

"However, that comes with the territory when you bring in changes, but they're starting to bed in and I'm starting to get more comfortable."

Trailing one shot behind Horsey are Scottish pair Scott Jamieson and Peter Whiteford, who both shot 66.

Jamieson achieved an eagle on the par five eighth while Whiteford will be ruing his two bogeys on holes seven and 11 which could prove costly come Sunday.

Contending pack

There is a tightly bunched chasing pack behind Horsey, Jamieson and Whiteford with eight players tied one shot further back on five under par.

One of the players in that group is Sweden's Rikard Karlberg, who was the pre-tournament favourite and managed an eagle on the 15th on his way to a 67.

However, it wasn't good news for France's Alexandre Kaleka who was looking to go one better than his tied second finish last year.

Kaleka was sitting on three over par after nine holes but managed to redeem himself and reach level par going into the final hole. However, a double bogey ruined his recovery as he eventually finished on two over par.

Former tennis world number one Yevgeny Kafelnikov had a day to forget as he carded an 11 over par. Kafelnikov is one of 10 Russians in the field and won the Australian Open and French Open during his tennis career. But he shot three double bogeys, six bogeys and just one birdie and is in a tie for 107th.

Michael Hoey, the defending champion, withdrew from the event with an injury to his left foot.

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