There has already been drama aplenty at the start of cross-country day at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.
Germany’s Michael Jung and Fischerrocana, who went into today in pole position along with William Fox-Pitt and Fernhill Pimms, made an early exit after the mare stumbled going into the water at the Lion Bridge (fence 4) and both fell.
The first combination out on course, Oliver Townend and Dromgurrihy Blue, put in a brilliant pathfinding round to come home with 5.6 time penalties.
Oliver said: “The course rode as I expected it to and the distances came up well – surprisingly well in places. From fence four on everything was a serious question, but Dromurrihy Blue is a very genuine horse and what he lacks in blood and a slimline figure he makes up for in heart and jump. He’s not a quick horse in any shape or form, so I would expect you’ll see a few make the time.”
Australia’s Christopher Burton set an early standard, finishing with 6.4 time penalties to leaving him on a score of 47.6.