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Sunday, September 07, 2008  •  16:47 GMT

William Fox-Pitt with the Burghley Challenge Cup awarded by Miranda Rock, The Hon Mary Guinness owner of Tamarillo receives the Land Rover trophy from John Edwards MD of Land Rover UK

William Fox-Pitt with the Burghley Challenge Cup awarded by Miranda Rock, The Hon Mary Guinness owner of Tamarillo receives the Land Rover trophy from John Edwards MD of Land Rover UK

WINNING IS AN EMOTIONAL ROLLER-COASTER

“This is a very emotional result for me,” commented William Fox-Pitt after winning The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials. “Tam has been a fantastic horse for me – to win Badminton four-years ago and at the age of 16 win here is very special.” The Anglo-Arab bred by his owner Finn and Mary Guiness has also come back from injury most notably a chipped stifle sustained at the 2004 Olympics in Athens. “Incredibly he made yesterday’s cross-country feel easy and I don’t think I will have any more rides like that in my career,” said William who was also sad to be having his last ride on second placed 14-year-old Ballincoola. “He has also been a tremendous horse to have – to come here six years running just shows what sort of a horse he is physically and mentally – but if I had a grandson I couldn’t want for a better horse for him to ride,” said William making reference to the move to Fergus Payne grandson of owner Michael Payne. “It was my idea last year and perhaps I’m slightly regretting it now.”

Mary King was also on the up after gaining third place on Imperial Cavalier, especially after falling off the 11-year-old – another by the Irish sire Cavalier – at Badminton in the spring. “He is a very special horse and after my mistake – especially when I could have won there – to come here and gain a good result is just so thrilling. I am also so pleased with Apache Sauce who just continues to improve – he used to take a lot of time at an event but I am so impressed with the change in him.”

Trials Director Elizabeth Inman was also a relieved person having had to mastermind the running of the event during the difficult conditions caused by the weekend’s heavy rain. “The Burghley team is just the best,” said Miss Inman “Everyone has been working round the clock all weekend and I think they probably will for a few weeks to come and I would really like to thank them all for their huge and important contribution and all their hard work – and we couldn’t have a better sponsor,” said Miss Inman.