Lord of Burghley
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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.
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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