H&H brings you all you need to know ahead of the last day of four-star action at Burnham Market, including who withdrew their horses from the CCI4*-L before this morning’s trot-up...
All of the top contenders in the CCI4*-L at Barefoot Retreats Burnham Market – the only long-format four-star event on British soil in 2020 – will go forward to the showjumping phase after passing the final horse inspection on Sunday morning.
This is the first time that the Norfolk event has run a CCI4*-L, and the trot-up took place in front of hosts Alec and Emily Lochore’s stable yard with riders, officials and other attendees wearing facemasks.
Izzy Taylor’s CCI4*-L leader Monkeying Around, whom she owns with Mark Sartori, looked elegant and confident – with four very clean long white socks – as he trotted up well. He finished six seconds inside the time across country yesterday and will showjump in the leader’s position of last to go this afternoon.
Nicola Wilson and JL Dublin go into showjumping in second place, with Vittoria Panizzon and Chequers Play The Game in third. Sarah Bullimore’s diminutive home-bred Corouet is in fourth, ahead of Nicola’s second ride Bulana, with Oliver Townend and Tregilder in sixth.
The ground jury of Judy Hancock, Christina Klingspor and Tracey Trotter sent just one horse to the holding box for further inspection – Louise Harwood’s grey Balladeer Miller Man, who was passed after trotting up twice more.
The only withdrawals on Sunday morning ahead of the Burnham Market trot-up were Spring Revolution (Lucinda Atkins) and Sportsfield Adventure (Jessica Watts), both of whom were clear inside the time allowed across country on Saturday.
The CCI4*-S, which, having been presented as one section until this point in the competition, has now been split into its original classes, one for eight- and nine-year-old horses and one for older horses.
Izzy Taylor and Camilla Behrens’ Hartacker leads the young horse section ahead of Yasmin Ingham and Banzai Du Loir, while Oliver Townend and Cillnabradden Evo have 1.3 penalties in hand over Alex Hua Tian and Don Geniro in the open class. Their cross-country takes place this morning, before the showjumping for the CCI4*-L.
The weather conditions all weekend have been sunny but with a stiff, drying breeze. The courses, which walked as firm when riders arrived on Wednesday, have been extensively worked on with ground machines to produce going on which the majority of riders were happy to run their horses competitively.
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