William’s victory in the young horse CCI* was his first win since the fall and just the confidence boost he needed ahead of taking Chilli Morning to Bramham this weekend, a serious trial for the British team for the Rio Olympics.
“I’ve been eventing for 33 years, but my emotions have changed since my accident,” said William, who was visibly moved by this success. “That’s fine, I just have to recognise that things are a bit different now. I’m lucky to be here and I’m so pleased for my team that I won here as they really had their work cut out over the winter and this result is down to them.”
The Irish three-day event has always been a lucky venue for William, whose win in the CCI2* was his 10th victory here. In 2011, he made history as the first person to win three CCI classes in one day when he achieved this feat at Tattersalls, taking the CCI*, CCI2* and CCI3*. Bay My Hero also holds a special place in the event’s record books because he has won all three CCI classes.
On this occasion William won the Eventing Ireland CCI2* riding Catherine Witt’s Secret Night, an 11-year-old by Sunny Boy. He led from the front and finished on his dressage score of 39.7.
In the Cooley Farm CCIYH*, William added just one showjumping time-fault to his first-phase score of 35.6 to win on Jennifer Dowling’s Little Fire. He moved up from second after dressage when Jonelle Price withdrew first-phase leader OBOS Impressive before the cross-country.
William Fox-Pitt’s 10 wins at Tattersalls Horse Trials
2016 — CCIYH*, Jennifer Dowling’s Little Fire
2016 — CCI2*, Catherine Witt’s Secret Night
2015 — CCI*, Catherine Witt’s The Soapdodger
2015 — CCI2*, Fox-Pitt Eventing Partnership’s Ramdam De Mons
2012 — CCI3*, Catherine Witt’s Bay My Hero
2011 — CCI*, Lady Best and Sylvia Harley’s Lady Voltaire
2011 — CCI2*, Catherine Witt’s Bay My Hero
2011 — CCI3*, Fox-Pitt Eventing Partnership’s Oslo
2010 — CCI*, Catherine Witt’s Bay My Hero
2007 — CCI2*, Lady Lindy Best, Sylvia Harley and Jeremy Hackett’s Trinity Hill (later owned and competed by Oliver Smith)