Equestrianism: Fox-Pitt holds on to lead after dressage

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William Fox-Pitt maintained his overnight advantage on Mr Dumbledore at the end of the dressage phase of the Bramham International Horse Trials, and is also lying fourth on the French-bred Idalgo.

William Fox-Pitt maintained his overnight advantage on Mr Dumbledore at the end of the dressage phase of the Bramham International Horse Trials, and is also lying fourth on the French-bred Idalgo.

Germany's Bettina Hoy, who moved into second on Diamond Magic, is only 1.7pts behind for today's cross-country phase. Two Australians - Matt Ryan on Slight of Hand and Andrew Hoy (husband of Bettina) on Classy Touch - are third and fifth. Diamond Magic, the winner at Boekelo in the Netherlands last year, is the only horse in this group who has tackled a three-star course at a three-day event.

Fox-Pitt is now aware that Idalgo acquired a reputation as a bit of a rogue in his native country. But having ridden him quietly around to get him settled before the test, Fox-Pitt was delighted to have the horse's almost undivided attention in the arena.

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