Davidson out of contention at Badminton

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Bruce Davidson's chance of repeating last year's success in the Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials disappeared yesterday when his horse, Squelch, was withdrawn from the big event which begins this morning, writes Genevieve Murphy.

The American had a crunching fall at Lexington, Kentucky, on Saturday. He travelled to England and was hoping to compete until an X-ray revealed he had broken his shoulder.

Two British contenders, Wil- liam Fox-Pitt and Kristina Gifford, withdrew this week because of minor injuries to their horses. Charlotte Bathe, on the winning European Open team with both of them last year, dislocated her shoulder 11 days ago and may have to withdraw The Cool Customer after the dressage.

Mary King still has her two mounts, King William and Star Appeal. Leslie Law also has two - the shortlisted Capitano and New Flavour, both of which are small and have a large percentage of thoroughbred blood which should help them cope with the heat and humidity of Atlanta.