Burghley Win For William
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Fox-Pitt's only error with Parkmore Ed came at the planks at the final fence at 13 but this turned out to be the bogey and few left it standing. Nicholson also faulted here and at the oxer at 11 to add eight to his two day score of 39.6.
British rider Polly Stockton came so close to securing her first Burghley title on the Irish-bred gelding Tom Quigley and made her only error at fence 12, this pairing being one of only half a dozen in the group to be faultless at the final fence, the planks. Her final score of 46.8 was still good enough for second position, while third went to Australian Andrew Hoy on Master Monarch. Fox-Pitt was also fifth on Ballincoola.
Bruce Davidson finished best of the American entry in 10th on the home-bred mare Jam with one of only two show jumping clears. Of the 45 finishers, remarkably only one combination finished on their dressage score. This was 24-year-old British rider Harry Meade on Midnight Dazzler, formerly ridden by Fox-Pitt. They made a dramatic climb from 45th after dressage to 12th after day two and eventual eighth.
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