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Wednesday, August 29, 2007  •  19:33 GMT

Louise Skelton & Bit of a Barney & Partly Pickled

SEVENTY THREE TO START

Seventy three horses came forward for the First Horse Inspection at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. The Ground Jury of Nick Burton (GBR), Eric Smiley (IRE) and Anne-Mette Binder (DEN) gave the nod of approval to all 73.

First in the dressage arena at 9.30am tomorrow morning is French rider Rodolphe Scherer with Good Enough. Rodolphe is one of seven riders with two horses in the competition. William Fox-Pitt, Andrew Nicholson, Louise Skelton, Mary King, Nick Turner and Oliver Townend also have two rides each and a double chance of lifting The Land Rover Perpetual Challenge trophy as well as the £50,000 first prize.

Last year’s winners Lucinda Fredericks and her mare Headley Britannia are not among the entries this year and the competition is wide open. Former winner William Fox-Pitt has a good chance of regaining the trophy with his 2005 Burghley winner Balincoola. New Zealand veteran Andrew Nicholson, a winner at Burghley twice previously, will most certainly be in the hunt, looking for a win on Lord Killinghurst who has been so tantalisingly close to a four-star win so many times – in the top six on six occasions. Mary King, a winner here 11 years ago, has a strong chance with Cashel Bay, 10th here last year by Cavalier the same sire as Call Again Cavalier with whom she won the British Open Championship at Gatcombe.

Eight riders are representing the USA including former Badminton and Burghley winner Bruce Davison who is making his 13th appearance at Burghley.

Australia are also playing a strong field. 2004 winner Andrew Hoy brings Master Monarch and a good ride for Clayton Fredericks from the 2006 British Open Champion Nullabor could see the trophy back on the Fredericks sideboard.