Sunday, September 05, 2010 10:47 BST
EXCITING FINAL DAY AHEAD
After the final horse inspection 52 combinations will now go forward to the show jumping at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
Of the 75 horses that left the start box of the cross-country yesterday 58 of them completed – 47 without jumping penalties and 11 of those were clear inside the time.
This morning four horses had been withdrawn; A Bit of a Barney (no. 92), Stormstay (no. 23), Temple Bridge (no. 55) and National Wish (no. 80).
At the horse inspection four horses were held for re-inspection, one – Quixotic (no. 14) was withdrawn from the holding box, Murphy’s Miracle (no. 71) was eliminated and the other two were subsequently passed.
Burghley 'first-timers' Emily Llewellyn rider of Pardon Me II and Daniel Sibley rider of Tarmac Adam were both judged the best turned out riders this morning and were given Waterford Crystal by 'turn-out' sponsors Goresbridge Horse Sales.
Three riders; William Fox-Pitt, Mary King and Andrew Nicholson still have two horses in the competition and ten riders are hoping for their first Burghley completion. Lauren Shannon is currently (before the show jumping) the highest placed ‘first timer’ with Zero Flight as well as the highest placed ‘under 25’ but closely followed by Emily Llewellyn and Pardon Me II.
Show jumping for the lower placed riders begins at 11am and for the top 20 riders will start at 14.30 after the parade of all competitors. The scores are close with no margin for error for any of the top placed riders which will ensure one of the most exciting finishes to the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
The organisers are delighted that Nicola Malcolm who was air-lifted to Coventry hospital yesterday after a fall from McFly (no. 69) has been discharged and may return to Burghley to watch the show jumping this afternoon.