Lucinda Fredericks (pictured) has had to pull out of the inaugural Express Eventing competition this Sunday at the Millennium Stadium due to a leg injury she sustained in a fall at Pau, France, at the end of October.

Express Eventing’s Stuart Buntine said: “This is a real blow for Lucinda and we hope she gets better very soon. Lucinda will not be replaced in the line-up at this late stage as there is not enough time for a replacement rider to train for the event.”

Lucinda suffered a nasty cut to her leg from one of her ride Jiggalong’s studs during a fall while competing in the CIC** at Pau (23-26 October).

The Olympic team silver medallist would have been one of the favourites to take the £100,000 first prize in Cardiff with her Badminton and Burghley winner Headley Britannia. She is one of the few event riders to have previous experience of dressage to music, having ridden to grand prix level in pure dressage.

The Fredericks’ Wiltshire yard still has a chance to take some of the spoils as Lucinda’s husband Clayton will be competing on his Olympic ride Ben Along Time.