Mark Phillips’ tough cross country, the infamous Burghley terrain and some horrible British weather (pelting rain) have all combined to make this one of the most difficult days riding most of the competitors will ever have to face.
If ever you had to rely on a jockey to get the job done it would be Phillip Dutton, and he did just that on Tom Tierney and Annie Jones’ Fernhill Fugitive. We’ve got his initial reaction after coming home clear with 38.8 time and we’ll bring you more later with a wrap up from the top three and news of our last rider to go, Holly Payne.
Sadly Bunnie Sexton and Libby Head put in valiant efforts and so nearly made it home but Rise Against really didn’t want to jump off the Leaf Pit, and they were eliminated there for two stops after an earlier stop at the skinny triple brush at the Maltings. Libby Head was giving Sir Rockstar a fabulous ride and he looked to be jumping beautifully but they came to grief when she fell from him at the Cross Rails at 25.
Stay with EN for more from Burghley and respect to all the riders out there today.