One horse was spun at the final vets inspection at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials today (7 September).
Four-star first-timer Roo Fox and her ride Fleet Street were held and then not accepted when the horse was re-presented. Watch Roo’s final trot below.
Three other horses were also sent to the holding box — Wiseguy IV (Imogen Murray), Coolys Luxury (Tom Crisp) and The Lion (Matthew Heath). All three combinations were accepted when they were presented again.
Hannah Sue Burnett — who was lying in seventh place overnight —withdrew Harbour Pilot before the inspection.
Sophie Jenman also did not present Geronimo who was in 34th place after cross-country.
Jock Paget’s Clifton Promise, who is in fourth place after cross-country on 55.2pens, was asked to trot again but was then passed.
All of the other horses in the top ten passed without any issues. Andrew Nicholon’s Avebury (pictured top) and Sam Griffiths’ Happy Times both looked well despite posting some of the quickest times cross-country yesterday.
Kerry Varley should win the award for the most daring outfit of the morning. She braved the chilly Autumnal morning in a short sleeveless dress and unfortunately briefly flashed her knickers to the crowd as a result.
Red was the colour of the day with Georgie Spence sporting a smart red coat and Marilyn Little wearing bright red pumps.
Louisa Milne Home and Francis Whittington won the awards for the best-dressed riders.
William Fox-Pitt’s Bay My Hero did not disappoint the crowds with his trot-up antics. Although he managed to contain himself until he had trotted past the ground jury on the way back, William struggled to keep hold of him at the end of runway. (Watch video of Bay My Hero at the first horse inspection).