Fox-Pitt jumps to Tattersalls three-star lead

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William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero
William Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero lead the CCI3* going into the final phase. © Ray Kellett Photography

Britain’s William Fox-Pitt leads the field in the feature class after the cross-country at the Tattersalls International Horse Trials in Ireland, but Irish riders claimed five of the top ten spots.

Course builder Ian Stark, for the second year running, produced what has been described as a “big, bold, galloping” track which required a lot of skillful and accurate riding.

Record numbers flocked to Tattersalls International Horse Trials and Country Fair to see Fox-Pitt take the lead in the Irish Field CCI*** class riding Bay My Hero.

Fox-Pitt and Bay My Hero picked up just 2.4 time penalties on the Co. Meath cross country course to finish on a penalty score of 44, a respectable distance from fellow-British runner-up Polly Stockton and Westwood Mariner, who recorded 51.2 penalties.

Ireland’s Sarah Ennis with the Irish Sport Horse Sugar Brown Babe is less than one point behind Stockton in third place on 52 penalties, while Tipperary’s Peter Hannigan and First Mate placed fourth on the same penalty score.

Britain’s Ruth Edge, who had been the dressage leader with Rogersdale, dropped to fifth after time penalties on the cross country phase, while Captain Geoff Curran and the Irish Sport Horse Shanaclough Crecora incurred zero penalties to take sixth place.

New Zealand’s Jonelle Richards, who was third on Mere Oak, dropped to seventh place after some time penalties on the cross-country.

Chris Burton and Graf Liberty lead the CCI1*.
Chris Burton and Graf Liberty lead the CCI1*. © Ray Kellett Photography

Other Irish riders in the top ten were Austin O’Connor and Ringwood Mississippi in eighth and Jim Newsam with the Irish Sport Horse Magennis in tenth.

The Connolly’s Red Mills Under 25 class saw overnight leader, Britain’s Isabel Djivanovic riding Billy Buzz, maintain their lead with Ireland’s Felicity Ward riding The Illusionist improving their position from third to second.

Australia’s Christopher Burton leads in the Land Rover CCI* class, riding Graf Liberty clear to maintain his dressage lead from 78 other combinations on a score of 37.5.

In the Dunboyne Castle Hotel and Spa Pony class overnight leader Gavin Smiddy from Co. Cork riding Mr Hale Bob completed the course and remain on their dressage score of 37.9 going into the showjumping phase.

The competitive Tattersalls Autumn Festival of Eventing Junior class saw Great Britain’s Camilla Hope and O The Bill take over the lead after a superb round of jumping, completing the track without any penalties.

Competition continues today with the showjumping phase of all classes and the cross country element of the George Mernagh Memorial CIC*** class at about 2pm. This class will also decide the winning team of the Dubarry Boyne Trophy in which a selected team from both Ireland and Great Britain fight it out for the coveted Dubarry Boot Trophy.

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