Bramham 2012: Day Two Update

7 June 2012......    Spectators shelter under umbrellas at the start of the Bramham Horse Trials
7 June 2012...... Spectators shelter under umbrellas at the start of the Bramham Horse Trials

Five-times Bramham champion William Fox-Pitt is still leading the way on day two of the 2012 Bramham International Horse Trials.

The Olympian is seeking his sixth Bramham CCI*** title, and his pairing with Avoca Albi is so far proving a winning combination as the dressage continues.

With six horses entered across two competitions, Fox-Pitt is also second in the CIC*** on Neuf de Coeurs, behind fellow Brit Laura Collett on Rayef.

New Zealander Lucy Jackson and Willy Do remain second in the CCI behind Fox-Pitt, but Jackson and Animator II are down to fourth in the CIC.

Northallerton’s Nicola Wilson is sitting seventh on Opposition Buzz in the CIC, Zara Phillips just one place ahead in sixth on High Kingdom.

France’s Astier Nicolas is on top in the U-25s, on Piaf de Bneville, just ahead of Brit Paul Sims and Glengarnock.

Meantime, non-stop rain over the last 24 hours has unfortunately taken its toll some Bramham classes.

The Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse classes and the Stallion Parade have both been cancelled.

Organisers are confident the main competitions will run as normal.

A spokesman for Bramham said: “We’re doing everything humanly possible to keep the main eventing competitions running - the course going is still pretty good.

“The forecasters are telling us that the weekend is looking much better so if we can get through today we’re in for a good competition.”