Fifty-five horses will go forwards to the final showjumping phase at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials after this morning’s veterinary inspection.

Unfortunately sixth-placed Elizabeth Power withdrew Kilpatrick River from the competition over night and Jeanette Brakewell did not to present Primitive Pistol to the ground jury.

Instant Reaction was withdrawn from the competition by Ginnie Turnbull after being sent to the holding box. Jim Newsam’s Laras Song was accepted following a long discussion by the ground jury after being represented from the holding box.

Among those asked to trot twice were Dry Old Party, whose groom Alex van Tuyll won the Mountain Horse horse care award, and Lucinda Fredericks‘ Prada. Both were accepted.

The crowd were amused by the antics of Nereo, who appeared more interested in following his stable mate Avebury out of the area, and Apache Sauce, who keep a very close eye on a showjump positioned close to the trot-up strip, shoving Mary King on to the grass.

Georgie Spence (Running Brook II) won the best turned out rider award wearing a stylish tweed skirt with navy coat, cream blouse and black boots.

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