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Saturday, September 06, 2008  •  16:45 GMT

FOX-PITT TOPS HSBC FEI CLASSICS

William Fox-Pitt and Phillip Dutton, who currently top the HSBC FEI Classics series leader board, have in curious twist of fate, ended up in corresponding positions at the end of cross-country at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

British rider Fox-Pitt who heads the Burghley score board with Tamarillo however has the stronger hand in the Classics series – a series that links the World’s five four-star events, with a prize of US$150,000 to the winner, as his second horse Ballincoola is well-placed as a backup in third place

British rider Lucy Wiegersma and Australian rider Stuart TInney, competing at his first Burghley, both fell out of contention for the FEI HSBC bonus as both retired during the cross-country and the event which is the fourth of the series.

A win here for Fox-Pitt, who is currently 10 HSBC FEI points ahead of Dutton, would give him an unassailable lead before the final event – Les Etoiles de Pau, in October.