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Kiwis queue up behind Aussie at Burghley

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 3/09/2016

Australian Chris Burton stands in the way of another New Zealand triumph at the Burghley Horse Trials.

There are six Kiwis in the top 11 following the cross country phase in Lincolnshire, including Tim Price, Andrew Nicholson and Jonelle Price in positions two to four.

However, they will need leader Burton to trip up in Sunday's showjumping phase after he opened up a lead of more than 11 points over the field.

The Australian must knock over at least three rails to open the door on a 14th Kiwi title in the last 30 years.

Burton jumped clear on Nobilis 18 and picked up just 3.2 time faults on the cross country course to be on 33.4 points.

All the leading New Zealanders were also clear and failed to complete inside the time limit. None of the 70-strong field met the restriction.

Tim Price on Ringwood Sky Boy (44.9 points) is best-placed to snatch a final-day win and an accompanying cheque of STG63,000 ($NZ114,000), followed by five-time champion Nicholson on Nereo (47.2) and Jonelle Price on Classic Moet (50.1).

Sir Mark Todd is sixth on NZB Campino, followed by seventh-placed Caroline Powell and 11th-placed Blyth Tait.

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