William Fox-Pitt is hoping for more of the same from horse Chilli Morning as he heads into the final day of the European Eventing Championships in Malmo sitting second.
It proved to be a mixed penultimate day for Great Britain’s riders in the cross country in Sweden as Pippa Funnell, Lucy Wiegersma and debutant Izzy Taylor struggled.
However there was no such trouble for Tina Cook, who was competing on the day of her 43rd birthday, and Fox-Pitt who both jumped clear.
In the team competition, Germany remain out in front on 112.20 points, with Sweden currently second on 120.60 and France third with 135.40. The British team go into the showjumping phase in sixth place on 167.60.
However Fox-Pitt is in with a shout of a medal as he sits second overall individually behind Germany’s Michael Jung on 36.60, while Sweden’s Ludwig Svennerstal remains third with 38.00.
And, with just one more day of competition to go, Fox-Pitt is keeping his fingers crossed that he can end up on the podium.
“I’m thrilled with Chilli Morning, he was absolutely amazing and felt fantastic,” he said.
“Chilli was magic, he gave me a lovely feel and I enjoyed it. He will try and jump a clear round; hopefully he’ll come out spring heeled and pop round the course.”
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