Equestrianism: Fox-Pitt out to maintain victory run

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With victories at Badminton and Saumur to his credit this month, William Fox-Pitt is looking for a May hat-trick when he rides Birthday Night at the UAE Windsor International Horse Trials which begin today in the Great Park. The nine-year-old is owned by Sir Michael Turner whose last event horse, Chaka, gave Fox-Pitt his first win at Burghley in 1994.

With victories at Badminton and Saumur to his credit this month, William Fox-Pitt is looking for a May hat-trick when he rides Birthday Night at the UAE Windsor International Horse Trials which begin today in the Great Park. The nine-year-old is owned by Sir Michael Turner whose last event horse, Chaka, gave Fox-Pitt his first win at Burghley in 1994.

After a year off, Windsor also returns with a team event scheduled for the weekend. In the British team, Fox-Pitt will be riding Stunning. He will have strong support from Pippa Funnell and Sarah Cutteridge, who will also be his team-mates at the Olympics, and from Zara Phillips whose mother, the Princess Royal, is president of the event. David O'Connor and Andrew Hoy, individual gold and silver medallists at the Sydney Olympics, captain the USA and Australasia respectively.

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