With the completion of WEG at the weekend it can only mean one thing, it’s Land Rover Burghley horse trials time! Although the majority of the world’s top horses were competing last weekend in Haras Du Pin & Caen meaning a weaker International entry, as happens every other year due to the clash with WEG or the Olympics (Euro years still see strong NZ, Aus and American entries) there is still no shortage of quality and experienced combinations entered. William Fox-Pitt, fresh from his two WEG medals brings Parklane Hawk and Bay My Hero, in the hope of adding to his already record 6 wins at the event. Jock Paget, who retired early after picking up an uncharacteristic 20 penalties on Clifton Promise at WEG, will undoubtedly be wanting to dismiss last year’s demons with a solid result; we all know when the pair are on form they are fantastic. Both though will have to beat Andrew Nicholson on the fabulous grey Avebury who will be wanting to cement their title as the ultimate Burghley combination with a unique third consecutive victory.
The current number of entries will decrease further before tomorrow’s trot up as several WEG horses have yet to be withdrawn but we would expect approximately 70 starters. Flying Finish is still listed as entered with Lucinda Fredericks but if he is to compete it will be under a different rider as a catch ride as Lucinda fractured her left humerus in a fall just over a week ago and is unable to ride. On the subject of catch rides Matthew Wright is entered on Cossan Lad a horse whom he has not previously competed. Cossan Lad who finished 48th at Pau 4* last year is normally competed by his owner Kirsty Short.
The smaller international field means several British riders are having the opportunity of their first 4* rides here at Burghley, including among others:
Tim Cheffings, who will also ride the youngest horse in the field Alinero Van Het Scharenberg.
Along with the main 4* competition, spectators will be kept busy with the Burghley Young Event Horse finals and in excess of 600 trade stands which encompass everything from exclusive fashion, jewellery and gourmet food products, to quality tack, stabling and ‘simply must have’ items for home and garden.
Be sure to watch the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials preview below
Check our the course preview video below. We feel the bounce combination at 17 and 18 in the Maltings will be particularly influential along with Discovery Valley, the Trout Hatchery and the Dairy Mound combinations.