The non-appearance of Frances Stead and Lucy Allison’s Clifton Lush (pictured on the cross-country yesterday) means the New Zealander will be relying solely on overnight leader Clifton Promise, owned by Frances, to lift the trophy. Promise has a fence in hand over last year’s winner Avebury, now lying second with Andrew Nicholson.
Paul Ridgeon’s Armada, ridden by Oliver Townend and 27th after cross-country, was also not presented, while Kerry Varley withdrew her own Bluestone Luke (43rd) too.
France’s bad luck continued when Stanislas de Zuchowicz’s ride Quirinal De La Bastide (15th) was sent to the holding box. Stanlislas then decided to withdraw.
Tom Crisp’s ride Liberal, owned by Clare and David Comey and 28th after cross-country, was sent to the holding box and eliminated when re-presented.
Two other horses, Clare Lewis’s Sidnificant (30th) and Kevin McNab’s Clifton Pinot (16th, co-owned by rider with Frances Stead), were held but passed when re-presented.
Dave Burton, groom to H&H blogger Alex Postolowsky’s ride Islanmore Ginger, won the grooms’ prize, which is awarded to the person judged to have best cared for their charge throughout the competition.