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Zara Phillips high hopes for Black Tuxedo at Blenheim

The biggest test yet for Black Tuxedo, Zara's star in the making

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UPDATED:

13:00 GMT, 9 September 2012

Suits you: Zara Phillips on Black Tuxedo

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.

London 2012 Olympics: Zara Phillips pleased with Olympic debut

Phillips pleased with Olympic debut as royal star helps keep Team GB in medal mix

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Sportsmail Reporter

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10:40 GMT, 29 July 2012

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10:40 GMT, 29 July 2012

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Zara Phillips's Olympic debut went according to plan as the London 2012 eventing competition continued at Greenwich Park.

Phillips, watched from the main arena stands by her mother the Princess Royal and grandfather the Duke of Edinburgh, put in a solid display on High Kingdom.

Their score of 46.10 put them into equal ninth position and also kept Great Britain firmly in the team medal mix.

Nay problem: Phillips enjoyed a steady start on her Olympic debut

Nay problem: Phillips enjoyed a steady start on her Olympic debut

She received a rousing ovation from a bumper crowd before and after her dressage test, with few signs of empty seats that have been seen at some other Olympic events.

Phillips's previous Olympic hopes in 2004 and 2008 were dashed by injury to her world championship-winning horse Toytown.

'It was incredible to be selected, and to be here at home for the Olympics is an amazing feeling. You try to do your best for the team,' she said.

By royal appointment: Princess Anne and the Duke of Edinburgh were in attendance

By royal appointment: Princess Anne and the Duke of Edinburgh were in attendance

'It was probably his second big test after Burghley last year. His first change was disappointing, but his other ones were really good.

'But he coped with all the crowd, and he is only getting better. He is very chilled and getting stronger all the time.'

Phillips will next be seen in Monday afternoon's cross-country phase, and she added: 'He is a good jumper and cross-country is his strongest phase.

'He is quite quick and easy to turn, so it will hopefully be good. 'I think he wants to get out there now. He's a bit bored of dressage!'

World number one Fox-Pitt lines up 220,000 showjumping bonus

World number one Fox-Pitt lines up 220,000 showjumping bonus

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UPDATED:

22:31 GMT, 28 April 2012

Britain's William Fox- Pitt, the world No 1 eventer, is on course to win his second Rolex Kentucky title in three years — and put himself in line for a 220,000 payday.

Fox-Pitt produced a brilliant cross-country round on his 2011 Burghley champion, Parklane Hawk, in Lexington yesterday to overhaul the leader from the dressage stage, American Alison Springer.

Fox-Pitt riding Parklane Hawk during the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event

Simply the best: Fox-Pitt riding Parklane Hawk during the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event

If the 43-year-old Briton can add the Kentucky prize to Burghley and go on to triumph at Badminton next week, he will complete eventing’s coveted Rolex Grand Slam — and pick up the massive bonus.

Only Britain’s Pippa Funnell, in 2003, has won eventing’s three biggest events in succession — they do not have to be won in the same calendar year — to qualify for the prize.

But Fox-Pitt insisted there is a long way to go before he can even think of celebrating. ‘It’s very exciting but we’ve got a lot more to do,’ he said.

‘I’m not thinking about the Grand Slam. Hopefully, if I put in my best performance here then I might be another stage closer, but there is a long way to go.’

Fox-Pitt, who will win the event if he jumps clear in today’s showjumping finale, won bronze and silver team event medals at the Beijing and Athens Olympics and is a leading contender for Team GB in London this summer.

Britain’s Olympic dressage contender, Laura Bechtolsheimer, went close to a British record as she and Mistral Hojris qualified easily for today’s Hagen Grand Prix freestyle final in Germany.

The Gloucestershire based world No 3 finished second behind the brilliant Totilas, ridden by Germany’s Matthias Rath. Britain has never won an Olympic dressage medal, but Bechtolsheimer’s earlyseason form has raised hopes of a breakthrough.