Oliver Townend steps out of the shadows to secure Burghley trophy

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   Andrew Nicholson is determined to become the first Kiwi and fifth rider to win Badminton and Burghley in the same year

Handout Andrew Nicholson is determined to become the first Kiwi and fifth rider to win Badminton and Burghley in the same year

Oliver Townend won the prestigious Burghley Horse Trials title as Britain occupied the top four positions on home soil. Burghley is part of the worldwide FEI Classics series, which brings together the top eventing competitions across the globe - also now including the Badminton Horse Trials in Great Britain, the Kentucky Three Day, the Australian International Three Day Event, Germany's Luhmühlen Horse Trials and the Étoiles de Pau in France.

Riding Ballaghmor Class at Burghley House in English county Lincolnshire, Townend knocked down one fence during his run.

Izzy Taylor and Trevidden had three fences down moving them from third overnight to eventual ninth, and the USA's Boyd Martin and Steady Eddie had two poles to finish tenth.

After their victory, Townend paid tribute to the performance of his horse: "This is very, very special".

"You're not really in it, but you've got to be in it to win it, and I've finally got a couple of horses at the top level, which enable you to be in the public eye and have a go".

Townend is the first British victor of the competition since William Fox-Pitt in 2011.

The runner-up, Piggy French, 37, who rode Vanir Kamira, was making a triumphant return to top-level competition after... She also finished 17th with Calvino II.

Gemma Tattersall dropped a place from third to second after incurring four penalty points, finishing on 47.0.

Tom McEwen's immaculate clear round riding Toledo De Kerser pulled him up from seventh overnight into fourth - and gave Great Britain a clean sweep of the top placings.

The multi-award winning Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials from August 31 - September 3 has been established as a major worldwide equestrian and social event in the Autumn Sporting Calendar for over 50 years.

The Series joins together all of the world's major eventing tournaments.

Jung retired with La Biosthetique Sam yesterday after running out during the cross-country phase.

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