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Burghley Win For William
Stamford, England
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William Fox-Pitt (GBR) and Parkmore Ed
William Fox-Pitt won his fourth Burghley title in fine style on the final day of competition with the Irish-bred Parkmore Ed. The victory was secured by the British rider with the addition of four faults in the show jumping to a score of 41.8. This was at the expense of New Zealander Andrew Nicholson who, having led after the cross-country on day two with Lord Killinghurst, dropped two show jumping fences and finished in eventual fourth.

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Will Faudree (USA) and Antigua
The well-known rivalry between the pair continued in the show jumping arena at the sunny venue and 2.2 penalties had separated them heading into the final phase. This did not even allow room for one mistake from Nicholson, but he was unable to maintain the advantage and as last to go dropped out of contention.

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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