Two horses were eliminated from the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials at the final horse inspection this morning.

The biggest blow was for 10th-placed Irishman Geoff Curran, whose ride, the chestnut Shanaclough Crecora, was spun on re-inspection after being sent to the holding box. Ecuador’s Nicolas Wettstein was also eliminated with Nadeville Merze, 45th overnight.

Popular British rider Francis Whittington’s ride Sir Percival III (13th overnight) was sent to the holding box but passed on re-inspection and it was the same pattern of events for Aussie Megan Jones’s ride Kirby Park Allofasudden (48th overnight).

One horse, Ideal Sebastian ridden by Jeanette Brakewell (29th overnight), was withdrawn before the trot-up.

America’s Allison Springer (pictured, with Arthur IV, lying seventh) won the prize for best-dressed lady and Jock Paget, from New Zealand, won the male prize. The competition was judged by Kate Green, managing editor of Country Life and H&H’s magazine reporter at Burghley this year.

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