Zara Phillips hoping it's third time lucky after being selected for Olympics
Tuesday 12 June 2012
Zara Phillips hopes it can be a case of third time lucky after being selected for her Olympics debut.
Phillips, the Queen's granddaughter, has been chosen alongside William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Piggy French and Tina Cook in the London 2012 Great Britain eventing team.
She would have been at the 2004 and 2008 Games, but injuries to her world title-winning horse Toytown dashed those hopes.
Phillips, 31, has been picked for London on High Kingdom, and she said: "It's awesome to be given this opportunity.
"I am really excited and can't wait to kick on and get him there. Hopefully, we will make it this time.
"High Kingdom is a pretty cool, very relaxed kind of guy.
"He is improving all the time. He's pretty pony-like, a nippy little jumper and easy to manoeuvre, so hopefully it will suit him well in Greenwich."
Phillips will emulate her mother, the Princess Royal, who competed at the 1976 Montreal Games, while her father Captain Mark Phillips was a team gold medallist at Munich in 1972 and then won silver in Seoul 16 years later.
World number one Fox-Pitt will ride Lionheart, King will be aboard Imperial Cavalier and Cook with her 2008 double bronze-medal winning horse Miners Frolic.
French, who like Phillips is set for her Olympic debut, will either ride Jakata or DHI Topper, winner of last summer's London Test event.
But while Phillips has gained selection, there is disappointment for the likes of Nicola Wilson, who has helped Britain win world and European team gold medals in the last three years on her brilliant cross-country exponent Opposition Buzz, Sarah Cohen and Lucy Wiegersma.
It will be 51-year-old King's sixth successive Olympics, meanwhile, emulating the feat of British javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson, with Fox-Pitt competing in his fourth and Cook her second.
Cook saw Miners Frolic suffer a life-threatening illness last year but she has gradually nurtured him back into competition this season, and they jumped a cross-country clear inside the time at Bramham.
"After the horse's illness last year this is a dream come true," Cook, 41, said.
"With his past form, Miners Frolic has proved he can do it, but he nearly died of colitis 12 months ago, so to come back to this level shows he's a real fighter."
And French added: "This is what my team and I have been working towards over the last few years, so it's excellent to be getting this far.
"Obviously, I am confident that Topper will cope with the going at Greenwich because of our experience at the test event, but Topper and Jakata are both amazing horses with different strengths.
"We will make a decision nearer the time based on who is feeling on the best form nearer the Games."
Radamel Falcao exclusive: Forward says joining Manchester United is a 'dream come true'
Radamel Falcao analysis: Manchester United have signed a top talent yet to hit his stride
Danny Welbeck signs for Arsenal: Gunners confirm signing of striker from Manchester United
Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal triggers United upheaval as 13 players leave club since manager arrived
Transfer round-up: Complete club-by-club guide to the 2014 transfer window as Radamel Falcao and Diego Costa head £835m influx
- 1 Emma Watson on Jennifer Lawrence naked photo leak: 'Even worse than seeing women's privacy violated is reading the comments'
- 2 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Cee Lo Green: It is only rape if the victim is conscious
- 5 Katie Hopkins breaks down in tears over weight gain challenge: ‘I hate fat people for making me do this’
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain