British horses pass final inspection

Mary King's Imperial Cavalier and all the Team GB horses passed the inspection

Mary King's Imperial Cavalier and all the Team GB horses passed the inspection

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All five of Great Britain's Olympic eventing horses passed the final inspection at Greenwich Park.

Mary King (Imperial Cavalier), Tina Cook (Miners Frolic), Zara Phillips (High Kingdom), William Fox-Pitt (Lionheart) and Nicola Wilson (Opposition Buzz) all presented their horses in the main arena under a leaden sky with heavy drizzle falling.

And they were all given the green light after the punishing cross-country test that saw 15 riders fall.

Britain currently lie second in the team competition and are bidding for an 18th post-war Olympic medal later this morning.

Germany, the current leaders, also saw their five horses pass untroubled.

But there was a worrying moment for third-placed Sweden when Ludvig Svennerstal's horse Shamwari was held for reinspection, before passing.

New Zealand also had a 100% record, including their 56-year-old individual gold medal contender Mark Todd with NZB Campino, but there were casualties elsewhere.

American Boyd Martin's horse Otis Barbotiere was withdrawn after visiting the holding box, while a combination of horses from France, Canada and Belgium were not presented for inspection.

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