The biggest test yet for Black Tuxedo, Zara's star in the making
13:00 GMT, 9 September 2012
Suits you: Zara Phillips on Black Tuxedo
Two days before she parades as one of Britain's medal-winning Olympians, Zara Phillips was competing at the Blenheim Horse Trials on the horse she hopes will bring her more glory.
Phillips hopes Black Tuxedo, bought from New Zealand at the end of last year, will be a successor to Toytown, her world and European champion, and High Kingdom, on whom she won Olympic team silver last month at London 2012.
However, the combination are lying
37th out of 70 competitors after the dressage and showumping phases
before the final cross-country stage on Sunday.
Andrew Nicholson, on a high after his
superb victory at Land Burghley and the inexperienced Quimbo have a
lead of just four penalties over Piggy French who missed the Olympics
after both her selected rides went lame – and West Side.
William Fox-Pitt, who last month won
silver as part of Britain's Olympic eventing team, is in the lead at the
Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire.
He leads former double Olympic champion Mark Todd by three penalty points going into the final day.