Aussies 1-2-3 at Burghley
Stamford, Lincs., England
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UK-based Lucinda Fredericks and her little mare, Headley Britannia, didn't touch a single pole in Sunday's final showjumping phase, leaving Andrew Hoy, who had led the three-day event from the start, with just one coloured rail up his sleeve.
But Andrew and Moonfleet knocked down three rails, slipping to second place and dashing his hopes of winning this year's $250,000USD Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. The three-time Olympic gold medallist, who has won Burghley twice, had two horses in the top five though, with Mr Pracatan also having three rails down to finish 5th.
NSW's Shane Rose and All Luck, who made the trip to Burghley after falling and retiring on the cross-country course at WEG, showjumped clear to take third place.
Andrew, who was part of Australia's bronze-medal-winning team at the World Equestrian Games in Germany last month, is quoted as saying on the Burghley website: "I never had the Grand Slam so I never lost it - I came within 30 seconds of a Grand Slam before I had the second rail down and if this is the worst day of my life it can't be that bad."
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 and Badminton in May. The Grand Slam has been achieved only once, by Britain's Pippa Funnell at Burghley in 2003.
Lucinda's "Little Brit" is the first mare to win Burghley in 33 years.
"It has all happened for me this week," Lucinda, who was short-listed for the Australian WEG team, is quoted as saying on the Burghley website. "I was so disappointed not to compete at WEG and I never really believed this could happen but she has been a star and I want to say thank you to everyone who has been a believer in this little horse."
Of the other Australians at Burghley, UK-based Matt Ryan and Sam Griffiths also achieved top 10 finishes. Sam's Connigar Bay had two rails down to hold on to 8th place and Matt jumped a clear round on Bonza Puzzle to come 9th.
Matt had one rail down on his other mount, Bonza Katoomba, to be 34th, while Robert Palm and The Regulator had two down to finish 27th and Luke Jones and Soul had one rail and a time fault to come 28th.
Lucinda's husband, Clayton Fredericks, who won individual silver and team bronze medals at WEG, was eliminated after a fall on WP In Limbo during Saturday's cross-country and later withdrew his British Open winner, Nullarbor.
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