Tamarillo has been withdrawn from the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (3-6 May) by William Fox-Pitt.

The Hon Mary Guinness’s 15-year-old gelding would have been one of the favourites to win the event, having taken the top spot in 2004 and finished second in 2002 and 2005.

Tamarillo has had three runs this year, the most recent in the advanced at Belton, where he scored 30.7 to lie fourth after dressage, before having two show jumps down and running slowly across country.

William Fox-Pitt still has Idalgo and 2005 Burghley winner Ballincoola entered for Badminton.

Jeanette Brakewell has withdrawn both Burley Wood and Equinox Sidewinder, leaving the evergreen 19-year-old Over To You in the hunt. Lucinda Fredericks has pulled out 2002 Punchestown winner Bally Leck Boy, but still rides last year’s Burghley champion Headley Britannia.

Laurence Hunt (Phoebus) and Camilla Shepherd (Cosmos) have also withdrawn.

Read why Tamarillo was withdrawn in next week’s Horse & Hound (19 April)