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Lord of Burghley
Stamford, England
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Bruce Davidson (USA) and Jam
Andrew Nicholson overcame a dramatic cross-country day at Burghley to take the lead on Lord Killinghurst, the pair being one of only seven of the 50 who completed to return without any penalties for jumping or time.

Leaders after dressage on Thursday, the New Zealander and his 16-year-old mount then held temporary second after day two of dressage which saw Australian rider Clayton Fredericks take the lead on Nullabor.
Andrew Nicholson (NZL) and Lord Killinghurst
Fredericks was late into the country with the Irish-bred mount and, despite jumping clear, added an expensive 10 time penalties for being 25 seconds over the time allowed of 11mins 33secs. This dropped him into seventh place at the end of the action-packed day at the British venue.

Captain Mark Phillips' course gave its fair share of problems and 21 of the original starters did not complete due to either eliminations or retiring. Fences that expected to ride well caused problems and those that looked problematic rode extremely well. This included the coffin at eight that several horses spooked at and the wide ditch at nine that over 10 horses surprisingly banked.

British rider William Fox-Pitt on Parkmore Ed was a mere one second outside the time allowed but this was still good enough to move him up one place after two phases and he takes temporary second ahead of fellow Briton Polly Stockton on Tom Quigley. This pair had been fifth after dressage and improved due to a superb run in the country that saw them return home with five seconds to spare.

Jan Byyny, who had been best of the American entries in equal 15th place after dressage, was forced to withdraw her mount Task Force from the cross-country when he suffered a slight injury during exercise the day previously.

Veteran and previous Burghley winner Bruce Davidson had a fantastic run on the home-bred mare Jam and improved from equal 42nd after dressage to 16th, having added only 7.6 time penalties to a first-phase score of 59.0.

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