Thursday 25th of April 2019
Eventing

Land Rover Burghley XC Round Up 2018

What a day of truly phenomenal sport from the very best horse and rider combinations on cross country day at The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

Tim Price © William Carey Photography

Captain Mark Phillips’ course certainly didn’t disappoint providing nail biting action right to the very end. Tim Price leads the field into the final day tomorrow riding Ringwood Sky Boy after a masterful round just 0.4 over the time to finish on 27.3. Tim is also lying in 17th on his first ride Bango on a score of 41.3.

Tim Price © William Carey Photography

Listen to Tim Price’s interview below:

Oliver Townend has showed exactly why he is the world number one jumping clear on all three of his rides. He is now lying in 13th on Cooley SRS, 10th on MHS King Joules and 2nd on Ballaghmor Class. Last to go with the 2017 winner, he performed the fastest round of the day to finish on 27.9, just 0.6 of a penalty behind Tim.

Listen to Oliver Townend’s inteview below:

Oliver Townend © William Carey Photography

Piggy French continues her good form lying in 3rd on Vanir Kamira picking up just 1.2 time faults to finish on 31.1.

Listen to Piggy French’s interview below:

Piggy French © William Carey Photography

Harry Meade and Away Cruising complete on the same score however a slightly slower round puts them into 4th.

Listen to Harry Meade’s interview below:

Harry Meade © William Carey Photography

Andrew Nicholson and the very exciting 10 year old grey gelding, Swallow Springs produced a beautiful round inside the time finishing with plenty of running. This is certainly one to watch! Andrew also sits in 8th position on Jet Set IV.

Listen to Andrew Nicholson’s interview below:

Sarah Bullimore and Reve Du Rouet lie in 6th position after adding 7.6 time penalties to their very good dressage of 27.3.

Listen to Sarah Bullimore’s interview below:

The thoroughbred blood definitely shone through today with both Kristina Cook and Elizabeth Power’s horses going inside the time. Elizabeth sits in 7th riding Soladoun.

The young guns, Willa Newton with Chance Remark and Imogen Murray and Ivar Gooden displayed their true class jumping clear with a handful of time faults to both finish in the top 20.

Listen to Willa Newton interview below:

Imogen Murray © William Carey Photography

It was a day full of thrills and spills though, the most shocking coming from Sir Mark Todd on his dressage leader Kiltubrid Rhapsody. After surviving a sticky moment at the Leaf Pitt and making a fantastic recovery, Mark came unstuck at the Gurkha Kukri. Alexander Bragg and Zagreb also had an unlucky mishap both falling at the Maltings Combination corner.

Tomorrow is a new day and all is to play for with just over 10 penalties separating the top 10 with some very good showjumping combinations in the mix it will be sure to have you on the edge of your seat.

By Seraphina Williams

www.burghley-horse.co.uk

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