Oliver Townend’s attempt to win the Rolex Grand Slam at the Rolex Kentucky three-day event this weekend has come to an end.

Following a fall on the cross-country course on his second ride Ashdale Cruise Master, Oliver was airlifted to hospital and remained there overnight for observation. He sustained cracks to his collar bone, chest bone and ribs in the fall, but he does not have a head injury, contrary to some reports yesterday.

Will Connell, the British Equestrian Federation’s performance director, said: “Oliver was quite sore and the doctors will look at him again this morning. He will not be competing today.”

William Fox-Pitt is currently in the lead going into the show jumping with Cool Mountain.