Kiwi equestrian Jock Paget remains on course for eventing grand slam after heading off fellow New Zealander Andrew Nicholson to land the Burghley Horse Trials title in England.
Paget and Clifton Promise became the first combination to complete the Badminton-Burghley double since 1989 and if he can win in Kentucky next April he will pocket a STG225,000 ($NZ444,700) bonus for claiming the grand slam.
The 29-year-old dropped a rail on the last fence of the showjumping but had enough in hand to win from defending champion Nicholson aboard Avebury. Nicholson, a three-time champion, was third on his second mount Nereo and eighth on Calico Joe.
Paget's other horse Clifton Lush, lying second after the cross-country, was withdrawn before the final phase after injuring a leg.
Nicholson dropped a rail apiece on both mounts giving Paget the luxury of a two-rail buffer to claim the STG60,000 prize.
"It will take a little time to sink in I think," he said. "It has been a great day for Promise. It is a shame we had a rail down but he did what he needed to do," Paget said.
New Zealand combinations filled six of the top 10 places with Jonelle Richards sixth on The Deputy and Mark Todd seventh on Oloa.
Only 42 of the 68-strong field made the showjumping round with only one rider going clear.
Results: 1 Jock Paget, Clifton Promise 41.1; 2 Andrew Nicholson, Avebury 46.3; Nicholson, Nereo 47.3; 4 William Fox-Pitt (GBR), Parklane Hawk 50.3; 5 Ingrid Klimke (GER), FRH Butts Abraxxas 52.2; 6 Jonelle Richards, The Deputy 59.4; 7 Sir Mark Todd, Oloa 59.5; 8 Nicholson, Calico Joe 60.3; 9 Ludwig Svennerstal (SWE) King Bob 60.7; 10 Kristina Cook (GBR) De Novo News 62.4. Other New Zealanders: 16 Neil Spratt, Upleadon 69.6; 22 Richards, Flintstar 76.2; Paget, Clifton Lush, withdrawn before showjumping; Lucy Jackson, Willy Do eliminated cross country; Todd, Ravenstar, withdrawn before cross country.
source: newshub archive