William Fox-Pitt storms to dominant seventh Bramham win

William Fox-Pitt riding Chilli Morning in the Equi Trek CCI Dressage on the second day of the 40th Bramham International Horse Trials. 7 June 2013.,  Picture Bruce Rollinson
William Fox-Pitt riding Chilli Morning in the Equi Trek CCI Dressage on the second day of the 40th Bramham International Horse Trials. 7 June 2013., Picture Bruce Rollinson
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Olympic silver medallist William Fox-Pitt guided Chilli Morning to a second successive Bramham International title after riding a clear round on Sunday’s showjumping finale.

The dominant Fox-Pitt provided a sumptuous end to the 40th competition at Bramham Park and brought the crowds to their feet when securing victory by more than five penalty points.

New Zealander Sir Mark Todd and Leonidas II clinched second with another clear round to end on 48.8. French rider Didier Dhennin made up the podium on board Opi De Saint Leo with a final total of 57.2.

After finishing the dressage competition in second position behind Pippa Funnell and Or Noir De La Loge, Fox-Pitt jumped up into first with a faultless cross country performance on Saturday.

The 44-year-old then made no mistakes over the fences on Sunday to complete the trials on 43.6 points and secure his seventh Bramham success

Northallerton’s Nicola Wilson produced two qualilty performances aboard Annie Clover and Beltane Queen to become the only rider with two horses in the top 10.

Wilson’s Annie Clover (57.8) finished in fifth despite knocking a fence over on Sunday and Beltane Queen was three places back in eighth on 61.2.

The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Phillips and her horse Lord Lauries were eliminated during Saturday’s cross country after earlier finishing the dressage in fourth.