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Britain’s Izzy Taylor takes Tatts Horse Trials lead

Britain's Izzy Taylor and Allercombe Ellie lead the CCI*** at Tattersalls after Saturday's cross-country.

Britain’s Izzy Taylor and Allercombe Ellie lead the CCI*** at Tattersalls after Saturday’s cross-country.

More than 10,000 spectators watched Britain’s Izzy Taylor and Allercombe Ellie take the lead after the CCI*** cross-country Ireland’s Tattersalls International Horse Trials on Saturday.

For the fourth year running, course designer Ian Stark displayed his creative flare, producing what riders described as an “inviting but challenging and unique course”, testing their accuracy and courage.

Taylor has less than a rail in hand in The Irish Field CCI*** over Australia’s Paul Tapner and Indian Mill. Taylor is on 41, and Tapner on 45, so the pressure is on. British rider Louise Harwood is in third place with Whitson, on 46.6. Both Tapner and Harwood had times faults over the cross-country.

Ireland’s Sarah Ennis moved up to challenge the leaders with a clear round inside the time on the Irish Sport Horse Stellor Rebound.

Ennis, who comes fresh from a victory on the same horse at Chatsworth’s Three-Day Event in England, improved by three places after her dressage score to hold overnight fourth.

Britain’s Pippa Funnell and Redesigned are fifth with 47.6, and in sixth is Ireland’s Ciaran Glynn with another Irish Sport Horse, Killossery Jupiter Rising, on 50.4.

Both Britain’s William Fox-Pitt (Gaucho) and New Zealand’s Blyth Tait (Bear Necessity) retired on the course, and only six combinations came home clear and under the time.

The leaderboard has changed somewhat in the CCI**, with Britain’s Piggy French in front by whisker on Irish Sport Horse Seapatrick Dark Cruise with 34.3. In second is Gemma Tattersall with Quicklook on 34.6, and William Fox-Pitt is third with Luxury FH, moving up from fifth after dressage. Paul Tapner and Bonza King of Rouges is fourth on 38.9. Fox-Pitt’s other mount, Henton For Fun, dropped back after a stop on the cross-country after being in the lead after dressage.

British rider Oliver Townend took first place in the CCI1* class with the Irish Sport Horse Colonel Joe after the completion of all phases, finishing on 40.6 and leading a British top three. In second place was Tom McEwen and Toledo de Kerser, also on 40.6, and third was dressage leader William Fox-Pitt and Top Biats, who took a jumping rail to lose the lead.

In the CCIJ1* Junior class, Dutch eventer Janour Bleekman on Lucy Wiegersma’s former ride Granntevka Prince took the title with 36.3, from Britain’s Annie Keir and Flying Machine, formerly ridden by Piggy French, on 45.8. Cathal Daniels was best of the Irish at the finish with a third place on Mister Brightside (ISH), with fellow Irish rider Lucy Latta fourth place on Cleo Ferra.

After cross country Britain’s Millie Dumas holds the overnight lead in the CCI1* Under 25 class with The Duke of Cavan (ISH) with 42.6, with Tom McEwen second on Rehy USA on 43.0, and Emily King third on Walitze F Vejgard.

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