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Hoy closes in on Grand Slam
Stamford, England

Andrew Hoy is a step closer to winning the $250,000 Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing after strengthening his lead in the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials overnight.

The three-time Olympic gold medallist produced two of only six cross-country rounds that were clear and within the time to pull further ahead on his Badminton winner, Moonfleet, and to move up the standings to third on his other mount, Mr Pracatan.

Andrew, who was part of Australia's bronze medal winning team at the World Equestrian Games in Germany last month, said he was thrilled with both horses.

"They couldn't have done any more today, they were absolutely wonderful," said Andrew, who has won Burghley twice - in 2004 on Moonfleet and in 1979 on Davey - and has finished in the top 10 for the past four years. "But tomorrow's another day so we just wait and see - it's step by step."

The Grand Slam is awarded to any rider who wins the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in the US, the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials in the UK and Burghley consecutively.

Andrew won Kentucky in April on Master Monarch followed by Badminton on Moonfleet in May. If he can win Burghley this weekend, he will become only the second rider to take out the Grand Slam. It was first achieved, also at Burghley, by Britain's Pippa Funnell in 2003.

Australians have made a clean sweep of the top four placings at Burghley with just the final showjumping phase to come. UK-based Lucinda Fredericks remains 2nd with 1.6 time penalties added to her dressage score to be 5.6 penalties behind Andrew.

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