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Fox-Pitt's glory charge

By David Kelly

Published 25/04/2008

He's one of the world's best and tomorrow William Fox-Pitt will bid for victory at the Ballygraffan Horse Trials.

The two-day event has raised the bar this year in terms of international competition and 2004 Olympic silver medallist Fox-Pitt heads the field, which includes defending champion Matthew Wright on Another Cavalier.

Fox-Pitt has proven to be a class act, even from his early years when driven on by his mother he started to win almost immediately.

A pure aristocrat, he is related to former prime minister William Pitt and took to the reins with ease.

"Fatty was my father's ex-eventer who'd been round Badminton, but she told me to get on with it, and I did," says Fox-Pitt, who is married to Channel 4 racing presenter Alice Plunkett.

There was no stopping the nine-year-old and he has gone on to reach the very top, winning many accolades, including the Burghley horse trials last year.

While Fox-Pitt starts a clear favourite, Wright and a few of the Irish riders will be hoping to make their mark as well.

Irish riders Sally Corscadden, riding Millridge Kalmar and Declan Cullan riding Glenhill Gold who came second and third respectively last year are returning for the challenge.

Elizabeth Power one of Irelands hopefuls for the Olympics 2012, has three entries this year including Kilpatrick River, who is returning to Ballygraffan this year having won in 2006.

It all starts at 9am tomorrow and continues on Sunday.

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