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  1. Michael Jung leads overnight at the Burghley Horse Trials

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    German master Michael Jung is off and running — with the potential of more to come on Friday — in his quest for a first British four-star title at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials.

    Jung, the reigning Olympic champion, wasted no time making an impression as the showpiece Lincolnshire event got under way on Thursday.

    Riding Fischerrocana FST, Jung had a dressage score of 34.2 penalties, which left him well clear of the field after half of a 74-strong entry had completed their tests on day one.

    With his London 2012 gold medallist La Biosthetique Sam waiting to take centre-stage on Friday, Jung could hardly have made a more purposeful start.

    “I am very happy with that,” he said.”My horse was very quiet and concentrated.

    “You try every time when you go into the main arena to get the best dressage score, but with horses, it is not always the same. I am very happy when it works.”

    Leading the chasing pack is twice Burghley winner Andrew Hoy, whose 37.8 score on Rutherglen left him well-placed overnight, while Jung’s countryman Niklas Bschorer followed up a strong dressage performance at Badminton earlier this year to hold third spot on Tom Tom Go 3.

    And there was a fine four-star debut for 29-year-old Rosalind Canter, the Lincolnshire-based rider who emerged as leading British contender on day one, following a score of 40.2 aboard Allstar B.

    “I am over the moon,” she said. “I was nervous as I went in, but my horse is so steady and trustworthy in the dressage and a good horse to have for your first four-star.”

    A trio of Australian riders are bunched just behind Canter, with Christopher Burton and Haruzac fifth, while Sam Griffiths (Paulank Brockagh) and Paul Tapner (Vanir Kamira) share sixth spot, just ahead of Pippa Funnell and Redesigned.

    Reflecting on her dressage performance, Funnell said: “I am really pleased, although maybe a tad disappointed that the score wasn’t better.

    “He is not an easy horse, but he loves the cross-country. He is so chilled and relaxed at home, and then suddenly he can turn the switch and he turns into a raging monster!”

    Attention will soon switch to Captain Mark Phillips’ cross-country course, with riders seemingly united in believing it is one of the toughest tests ever presented at Burghley.

    “It is certainly one of the biggest courses that I’ve seen for a long time,” Funnell noted. “It’s uphill all the way, although all the questions are very fair and straight in front of the horses.”

    Competition for Burghley’s £63,000 first prize looks set to crank up a gear on Friday, with a host of top pairs launching potential title challenges.

    Among the starters are a highly-fancied combination of Mark Todd and Leonidas II — Todd is bidding for his first Burghley win since 1999, when he triumphed on Diamond Hall Red — together with Oliver Townend and Armada, William Fox-Pitt and Fernhill Pimms, Jonelle Price and Classic Moet, and Nicola Wilson with Annie Clover, in addition to the genial Jung.

    Michael Jung and Fischerrocana on the first day of the Burghley Horse Trials, by Nixon Photography, courtesy of Burghley Horse Trials

  2. Stay calm and take the lead: Michael Jung at the Burghley Horse Trials

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    So far, so good. It’s all going to plan at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, although British first-timer Rosalind Canter has sprung a bit of a surprise — but more on that later.

    As predicted, Michael Jung and Fischerrocana (pictured above at yesterday’s trot up) are in the lead with a healthy score of 34.2. It was not a flashy test, but a solid, well-ridden test, fluent, rhythmic, obedient with proper transitions and totally accurate and pleasant on the eye. Basically, it fulfilled the requirements of dressage and all three judges gave him 9 for his riding, which in itself is very telling.

    Jung, who is normally quite economical with words, was relatively verbose after his test. “She was very relaxed and gave me a very good feeling,” he said. Jung has already done his first course walk but was not drawn into airing his first impressions.”I will need to walk several more times but it is a lovely track but very up and down.”

    Andrew Hoy, one of the older riders in the field and a winner here in 1979 and, more recently, in 2004 (Moonfleet)  also produced a lovely test from Rutherglen, perhaps more eye-catching in terms of movement and expression, but not as accurate or consistent.  The pair still scored a good 37.8 and are currently second at this early stage of the competition. However, they are going to have to dig deep to reproduce their former good form cross-country. Their last four-star completion was Luhmuhlen 2014 — the pair retired here last year and parted company at both Badminton and Gatcombe this year.

    British Burghley first-timer and almost local rider, Rosalind Canter, who is from Louth, in Lincolnshire, gave everyone a wake-up call with a test on Allstar B that scored 40.2. Impressive for a 29-year-old who is riding at her first four-star. She is, however, no stranger to Burghley, being a regular in the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse final, which she won in 2011. She has also had success at the World Championships and has a three-day win, Osberton CCI one-star, under her belt. Her test, like Jung’s, was consistent, rhythmic and accurate, without errors.

    “I am over the moon,” said Rosalind. “I was nervous as I went in but he is so steady and trustworthy in the dressage and a good horse to have for my first four-star.”

    British-based Australian Christopher Burton also rode a tidy test and currently lies fourth on Haruzac, an Australian thoroughbred, who is competing for the first time at the level. Fellow countrymen Sam Griffiths and Paul Tapner are both not far away and in equal fifth place, Griffiths with the mare and former Badminton winner Paulank Brockagh and Tapner on Vanir Kamira, also a mare and also another four-star debutante.

    Image: Michael Jung and Fischerrocana by Nixon Photography, courtesy of the Burghley Horse Trials