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Monday, April 30, 2007  •  00:00 GMT

BOX OFFICE GOES LIVE

Tuesday 1 May sees the box office open for this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (30 August – 2 September) and the Event is going for a change of direction.

Having successfully moved the Start and Finish Box in 2006, Captain Mark Phillips’ influential Cross Country course will start in front of Burghley House and run in an anticlockwise direction so that competitors are jumping down into the Leaf Pit at fence 5.

Captain Phillips said: “I am very excited about the future of the Cross Country at Burghley as we now have a better understanding of the new layout, and new format. Reversing the course this year has enabled me to ask more significant questions in many of Burghley's traditional places - The Leaf Pit, Herbert’s Hollow, the Trout Hatchery, Waterloo, Capability’s Cutting, the Dairy Mound and the Arena, to name but a few! I am sure this will be better for horses, riders, spectators and television; making Cross Country day even more special.”

Competitors will benefit from the healthy prize fund, as the Land Rover sponsorship enters its third year. The winner will scoop a well deserved £50,000, with a total prize fund of nearly £200,000 on offer this year.

There are some changes for visitors too. Following a review of the grandstand seating in the main Arena, the East grandstand has been raised to give an even better view of the exciting Arena action on all four days, and there will be more commentary headsets available for purchase. The South stand has been extended, to host the President’s Box, and Sunday’s all important presentations will move to face that stand. Members will have exclusive use of the North stand on Thursday and Friday (seats purchase necessary for Sunday’s Show Jumping).

Picnics on Cross Country day are a long-standing Burghley tradition. Last year Saturday’s enlarged reserved parking was very well received, so the facility has been extended this year to include Sunday. Booking in advance will guarantee a top picnic spot, and save time queuing on the day. Daily and season admission prices have been held in 2007, and changes to Members, caravans and grandstands can all be viewed, and tickets booked via this website