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Sunday, September 07, 2008  •  15:57 GMT

William Fox-Pitt riding Tamarillo

William Fox-Pitt riding Tamarillo


William Fox-Pitt added yet another four-star event to his CV claiming victory at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. After their strong performance cross-country yesterday the combination had such a good lead that they could knock down four show jumps and still win – although William only had himself to beat. In the end just two lives were used and William collected his fifth Burghley title, joining an elite club that now has just three members – Mark Todd and Ginny Elliott are the other two. “For me to be up there with Ginny and Mark is incredible. Even better is for Tam to add Burghley to his Badminton win that is just magic. He was fantastic yesterday and while he felt a bit flat today – who cares,” said William who was second on Ballincoola, producing another great result at his sixth and final Burghley. With his Olympic team compatriot Mary King in third and fourth as William said ‘it was a great result for Britain’.

Clear rounds were few and far between over Di Boddy’s show jumping course and Mary was one of the ‘four-faulters’ on both her horses with Janette Chinn and Edwin and Sue Davies Irish-bred Imperial Cavalier gaining the edge over stable mate, Gillian Jonas’s Apache Sauce.

A clear round for Nicola Wilson and Rosemary Search’s much admired homebred Opposition Buzz – another by the Trakehner Fleetwater Opposition – kept him at the top moving up three places to fifth. While Leicestershire based Clea Phillips also produced a clear round on Lead The Way, a good looking Irish thoroughbred by leading national hunt sire Supreme Leader to take sixth place.

Casualties included Fairfax and Rodolphe Scherer who dropped five places after the 18-year-old Fairfax took out four fences and James Robinson and Comanche who also knocked down four fences and finished in 12th place.