Bevan shares early lead with Fox-Pitt

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William Fox-Pitt and Lynne Bevan share the lead in the first of two advanced sections at the Land-Rover British Horse Trials Championships at Gatcombe Park, where the dressage phase began yesterday, writes Genevieve Murphy.

Fox-Pitt, who rode Cosmopolitan II for the British Olympic team, achieved his good score on Georgie Caldwell's Tawny Owl whom he rates as his next bright hope for the future. "He's incredibly athletic in all three phases, so far he finds it very easy," he said.

Bevan's mount is Thomas Atkins, a Cornish-bred eight-year-old whose eventing career was interrupted in 1994 when the rider broke her collar-bone, and again last year when the horse had a corn followed by a virus.

After Bevan broke her collar-bone, Mark Todd took over the ride on her Badminton mount, Horton Point, and he duly won the event. Todd is now lying close behind Bevan in equal third on Vambi Charboniere who was a winner at the Highclere Horse Trials on Monday. He is on the same score as Jane March on Jamestown II.

Ginny Elliott, making a welcome return to advanced competition, is just two points further back on Derrybrig.