Tuesday, 20 August 2013 15:10


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The world's best event horses will have two major rivals for the crowd's affection on the final day of The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (5-8 September).
Two of the greatest National Hunt racehorses of all time - both trained by former champion trainer Paul Nicholls - will parade under saddle on Sunday.
Kauto Star is one of the most popular horses ever to have set foot on a racecourse. His record of five King George VI Chases at Kempton Park on Boxing Day is unlikely to be beaten, and his two Cheltenham Gold Cup victories will live long in the memories of racing fans. He will be ridden by Laura Collett, with whom he has been enjoying learning a new discipline, dressage, as well as hacking out and popping the odd jump.
He will be joined by Neptune Collonges, whose highly successful career as a steeplechaser was crowned by an emotional win in the 2012 Grand National at Aintree. Lisa Hales, in whose father John's yellow colours he ran, has been competing him in the dressage arena and will ride him at Land Rover Burghley.
“We are thrilled that two such famous horses are paying their first visits to Land Rover Burghley,” said Event Director, Elizabeth Inman. “They are both such perfect examples of how racehorses can enjoy a fulfilling second career after their racing days are over, and are bound to be a very popular attraction. We are also delighted that Laura Collett is sufficiently recovered from her fall at Tweseldown last month to ride Kauto Star.”
They are not the only veterans of the turf on display on Sunday. Land Rover Burghley held a very popular qualifier for the SEIB Racehorse to Riding Horse Championship in 2012, and once again the main ring will host these heroes enjoying a new life as they try to qualify for the Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) in October.
At the other end of the experience spectrum, Friday is Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Finals day. All summer the best four- and five-year-old future event horses have battled up and down the country to gain a place at this most prestigious final. There will be top horses of the future among them - and maybe even a Land Rover Burghley winner.