BBC Two: Day 12: 13.00-13.45 Olympics


BBC Two: Day 12: 13.00-13.45

The conclusion of the first part of the individual show jumping. Equestrian: 12:00 Jumping individual final round A. Equestrian commentary is by Michael Tucker and Andy Austin.


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Welcome back to our continued coverage. We are going to go

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straight back to Greenwich Park, where Scott Brash is riding Hello

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Sanctos in the individual performance he has put up. Superb

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temperament, and he jumped a clear round when it really mattered for

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Great Britain. Could not have done a better job even if he had been

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jumping in his beloved Scotland. Scott Brash, from Peebles, with

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this lovely horse, Hello Sanctos, owned by Lord and Lady Harris.

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Bought for him at the end of last year. This talented young man from

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Scotland has his first individual trays. Scott has impressed

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everybody with his cool, calm temperament. And he seems to love

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the pressure of riding at a big championships. Brings out the best

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going to have had a good look. I think he is all right. Any mark

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from the horse's ft on the plasticine will be four faults.

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Scott will not know anything about that. He will be concentrating on

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the rest of the course. Here is the last. Absolutely brilliant! This

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for Britain, one officers learned, one for fans and one for Ireland

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that was quite out of this world. It is unbelievable, the way Scott

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keeps rising to the occasion her in every round. He has got better and

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better. In the water, that was his one scary moment. Couldn't have

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been closer. But he has impressed everyone with his riding. He is the

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coolest guy in the whole place. What a round that was. The will

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carry that clean sheet through till around two and two more grounds for

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That was a superb bid for a medal. Oh, my word. A word on Hello

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Sanctos as well, to squeeze in just over that plasticine. We can now go

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back and have a word with Clare, who is with the king of composure.

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No, she is not there. I have not got him yeah, but he will be on his

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way any second, and I would grab him - gently! He is the youngest

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member of the British team. It is his first Olympic Games, and he is

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so cool. It is almost like things start happening in slow motion when

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he comes into the arena, which is a sign of a top-class athlete. You

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see it with swimmers, runners and tennis players. Everything starts

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to happen slower than in real life. It is a great start for Scott Brash.

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He is super-confident. We interviewed him late at night and I

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said, how will this change your life? And he said, I hope it will

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improve my pulling power with the girls. He has had a huge response

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to that so far. No sign of him yeah, but we have a fair few jumpers to

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go. This guy, Ian Millar, is the oldest of the lot. This is his

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tenth Olympic Games and he is 65. It is a new record, and he is

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did in his thirties. He is such a class jockey. He has a wonderful

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horse. What can he do in this first individual round? There will be a

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lot of people in Berkshire thrilled to see that horse on the course.

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is a really influential stallion. He is the Saraf Nick Skelton's big

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hope for later, Big Star. There are one or two sires that really do

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have a massive influence on the spot. The same kind of athletic

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ability as Big Star, but maybe not quite the same horse. Ian is riding

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as well as ever. 65 years old, but look at that for quality and class

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all the way round. We are running out of superlatives for all that

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has gone on at Greenwich, but this man is a legend. He keeps himself

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fit and is a wonderful example of what top-class riding can still do

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at 65. The one fence down means four faults. We are now into the

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last quarter of the first of two rounds for the individual medals.

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Thumbs up for captain Canada. He was in the silver-medal team in

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Beijing for Canada four years ago. Now, the young Dutchman. He is 34

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and was the star man that helped the Netherlands to win a gold medal

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in the worlds of 2006, and then again in the Europeans have, when

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they beat Germany on their home ground on two great occasions. But

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there were two occasions when sadly, this man did not deliver when it

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mattered. What was in Madrid last year at the Europeans, when he had

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the very last fence down and almost had a gold medal at his fingertips.

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And again here, when he could have really put the Netherlands so much

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closer to Britain, but it was not to be. Gerco Schroder, with London.

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This is another stallion which is so valuable for breeding if they

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get to this kind of level. Gerco Schroder is not the tallest rider,

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but he is very stylish, very effective. Watch him riding his

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horse with no bit in its mouth at And he has a time fault. Baptiste

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two of them now on a time fault. The Portuguese rider, and now Gerco

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Schroder for the Netherlands. Incidentally, we have 12 with five

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faults or under. And we have the best riders in the world to come.

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Power, scope, ability, but that time fault, the way this is panning

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out, they need to go clear. Brilliantly clean over the last

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fence, but Cairness is needed now. I wonder why he was caught London.

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I think I know. I think it is a bit of a giveaway. 11 left to jump.

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There is bob Ellis. What a job he has done. His mate did all the

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designs of these wonderful fences. Now, one of my fancies for the

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individuals. This is the very talented Swiss rider, Pius Schwizer.

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This mare looks so fit and well. It is by one of the great stallions

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that jumped for Switzerland. They have looked good here, without

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producing the deal. Could it be now? Pius Schwizer is a great rider

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to watch. Likes to let his horses run forward and jump. She is a

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light horse, very athletic. What you want from your horse is a

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naturally athletic Kantor, so they can keep travelling forward without

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going out if balance. Just to remind everybody, these fences are

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up to 1.6 p high, and some of the mark two metres wide. -- they are

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is three with a time fault and four clear rounds so far.

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And one of those with clear rounds at no time faults is Great

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He jumped really well today. He is settled and is getting better and

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better. I saw you deliberately slowing down and walking out of the

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arena gently. Were you thinking, don't get over-excited? The more

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time they spend in that atmosphere, the better. But it feels relaxed in

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their today. I am pleased. You seem relaxed. Fairly laid-back, but

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there is a lot to go yet. We have another round. It is a lot of

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jumping for the horses. So we just have to try our best and give the

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crowds something to cheer about. his it hard to treat this as just

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another competition when you have already got a gold medal? That is

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what you have got to do. You have got to beat the track. The horse

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does not know what day it is. It does not know about the fantastic

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atmosphere. You just have to ride the course accordingly, and ride

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the lines the way you think you need to and do what is best for the

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Arabian, Kamal Bahamdan. What a performance they put up. They won

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the bronze medal. But they have only ever won three medals in the

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Olympics. They put up a fantastic performance. Kamal Bahamdan is

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clear so far. You have got to love this mayor. Always looking for the

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an effort over the water. She is so gutsy, the way she stretched over

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that. We have seen a few good clear rounds, with that one time fault.

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Looks as though he will be close again. Time is coming into play

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more than we expected. Third and it is another one with a time fault!

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When it comes to the second round, those one time faults will be

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crucial. But the team from Saudi Arabia for are really showing what

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He is a man who has already set a record in this Olympics, Ian Millar.

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We think you will be all right? think I will get through to the

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second round. But those four faults could be expensive at the podium.

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It is going to take a double clean round to get to the podium.

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London doing all right? At a damn all right. I was thinking last

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night, reviewing the whole thing in my mind, it is the essence of home

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court advantage. The spirit of Great Britain and the enthusiasm

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behind these athletes is spurring them to great heights, and each

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success makes the other athletes better. It is an extraordinary

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synergy going on between the athletes in this country. In terms

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of facilities for you as a travelling Athlete, have you found

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it all right? The facilities are beyond first class. They had a

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difficult challenge building the park here. It is all portable. It

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will all come down and return the part to its fantastic natural state.

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medal they have won in the equestrian games. They won an

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individual bronze back in Sydney, he was meant to be at the Games.

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They are certainly done the country proud. His source called Bayard van

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de Villa There, compete in the first-round of the individual, on

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four so far. Making such an impact on the world of show jumping, at

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the Saudi Arabians. Ran into close to the combination, it has all of

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ragged here. A look back at the last fence. He is inside the time.

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A strong suspicion that time it just spurred him on to go that

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little bit quicker, and as a result the mistakes came, 12 in all, three

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fences down for Ramzy Al Duhami. Britain will be here in five horses

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time, Britain's Ben Maher, the 5th horse to come out of the horses

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that are left. He is just having a bit of an argument coming into the

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combination. Bit of a disagreement, got way to close to the first part.

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Germany, what can you say? All expected them to be very much at

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the sharp end of the medals, they haven't done it so far, but don't

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disregard this man, the world's number-one ranked rider for many

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weeks, over many years, Marcus Ehning, he is riding 15 euros

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payout -- stallion called Plot Blue. -- 15-year-old. He is very

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experienced, the stallion. He hasn't looked at his best so far in

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this tournament. He is one of the older horses here, 15. Marcus

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Ehning, everybody's idea of perfect classical rider. How he can sit so

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still in two such big fences is a complete mystery to me. Finished

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4th, just outside the medals, in Sydney. I saw one of his sons here

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in the earlier round, was on a gold medal team in Sydney, that is his

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only Olympic medal to date. These riders will know they have got to

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get inside the time, too many clears. He will be OK for time.

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Just the last fence, he has jumped it. Marcus Ehning has shown us

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exactly why he is regarded as one of the best. Brilliant round for

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Marcus Ehning. And for Plot Blue. It is a clear round, at number five,

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it is Ireland, France, Switzerland, Britain and now Germany, each with

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a clear round. We have just witnessed perfect harmony between

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horse and rider. These two, elegant, classic, stylish. Look how happy

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and relaxed the horse is after the race, wonderful to watch. I have

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heard one or two people say he could come good as we are beginning

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to get that feeling. There is the top 20 just coming up. And there is

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the eight faults bringing us up to 18. I think it will be those five

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faults at the moment that look like being the cut-off point. That will

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disappoint a lot to have got two fences or more down. -- who have

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got. Three more to jump before Ben Maher. Nick Skelton follows Ben

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Maher. And here, if you are a betting person, here is a

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combination that has had several faller was saying watch this one.

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This one is Daniel Bluman with Sancha. She went to the World

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Equestrian Games, quite young when she won there, two years ago.

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Finished 109th but will finish a lot higher here in London, been

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very impressive in jumping on the European circuit to warm up, but

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their most impressive performance this year was a $50,000 first prize

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in the Grand Prix in Wellington in March, and they ran away with it.

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What will they do here? Five clear down there, he put another one in.

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But they have really impressed this a horse prepared to give you that

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extra little bit of effort when it really counts. Censure, let's see

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what she does, will she stretched over the water? Looking good. That

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up with a medal with four faults is changing, and Colombia is one of

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those nations who are showing they mean business on the international

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stage, lovely round. 4 faults, inside the time. Showjumping can be

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a tough, cruel sport. You see how likely -- likely he touched that

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with his front feet. One little tiny touch on the fence and that

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was all it took. Classic foot- perfect, jumping down the

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combination. That one fence will be one too many. We are taking 23 to

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the second round, this individual day here at Greenwich Park -- 20.

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With the scores it could well be four faults, 5 balls, somewhere

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around there by the time we are done, -- five faults. In comes the

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a Australian star, Edwina Tops- Alexander. They go so well together,

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Edwina, she was 4th in the world back in 2006. She is a world-class

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jockey, certainly a possible model for Australia. You say he is like a

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little rubber ball, he is not much bigger than a pony. That was a

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shame, you wouldn't expect him to make that sort of mistake. He is

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getting on a bit now. Whether he is just slightly past his best, this

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little horse. This was one of the horses and combinations everybody

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really did think could possibly win sure she doesn't get time fault. A

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she will be disappointed. That was insignificant compared to some of

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the other offences on this course but down it went, it is four. The

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Australians certainly not having an equestrian games to remember.

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Edwina Tops-Alexander on four. uncharacteristic mistake Fort Itot

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du Chateau. So it used to seeing it jump clear round after clear round.

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Quite a big mistake there. Didn't see that one coming. Five left to

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go in round one. If we have any equalities we go to a jump-off. A

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jump-off for any one of the medals. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia now and

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it is HRH Prince Abdullah Al Saud, writing this Twelve-year-old course,

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it Davos. -- riding this Twelve- year-old horse. They haven't got a

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clear round so far. The Saudi Arabian rider having one time fault.

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Very short distance. Another one to have that fence. We haven't seen

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that come down too often. Same fence that Itot du Chateau had,

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faults all round the course. Sometimes way you expect them.

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left to do, two for Great Britain, bent may next, Nick Skelton to

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follow. -- Ben Maher. Tension starting to mount with an amazing

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round from Scott Brash, it just set the whole crowd going crazy when he

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jumped. Two British riders, one after the other, just about to come

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up. It is pretty tense here at Over the time. HRH Prince Abdullah

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Al Saud ends up with a round that will probably send him out of the

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individual rounds. He has done so much for the sport of show jumping

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and he can certainly be very proud of his grandson here, already with

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that bronze medal in the back, and no doubt Kamal Bahamdan will go to

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the second round for said the Arabia. Here is Ben Maher. With

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their home-bred Tripple X. He played such a part in that team

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medal, as they all did. Peter Charles has not made it through to

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the individual. They can only have three riders permission. Peter

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Charles missed out on that. We have already got one Clear, could we

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water. It is coming up. He got away with that a raffle. Come on! --

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rattle. I think the judges only have been a precaution we look. --

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having a precautionary look. British crowd holding their breath,

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just got a bit forward there. He is all right for time. One down.

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should see him in the second round. Sadly that will put him back,

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probably reducing his chances of an individual medal, Ben Maher who was

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a great Pony Rider and then went to beat a great student in Russia and

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has done a great job for Great of them. And now the man who really

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guided Britain to that team gold medal. It is 54-year-old Nick

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Skelton on the nine-year-old Big Star. Can he be Britain's second

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Apology for the loss of subtitles for 56 seconds

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clear round? We have three left to in this arena at the moment. The

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one that matters is the one on board, Nick Skelton. Well up on the

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clock. He has done it! He has not hit a fence and. Listen to the

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crowd! Great Britain have two of the six clear rounds at the moment.

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It is game on for another gold here at Greenwich. Two Morton left to

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jump in round one, and then we go again. Well done, Nick Skelton. So,

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so focused. A immaculate riding. With the best horse in the world at

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the moment. If there is any justice, Nick was jump clear in the next

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round and win the gold medal. at the reaction from the squad

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behind. This man so nearly won a medal in Athens eight years ago,

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just going wrong in the very last round. Ever since then, he has been

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looking to have a chance to put that right, and it looks at the

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moment as if he could still do just Netherlands on many -- his father

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represented the Netherlands on many occasions. This is a very good at

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stallion. One of the most highly rated, second to last to go. Been

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clear all the way through. Picks a price to have an early fence. And

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another one. It is all over. He says he is not happy with his horse.

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Two fences down. Takes a look around, and he knows that with two

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offences down, he will not go through. So he retires. What

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disappointment. So near, yet so far for the Dutchman. The that has been

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the story of their championships of recent years. When they got the

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silver medal, the team, the way it is looking for Britain with the two

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clears, they have done their job so far. These pictures remind me of

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the Madrid Europeans last year. His father had a fall in the very last

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round in the Europeans, and it was very sad. His son goes out in a

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similar way. But the Dutch have one more to come. There is his father.

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Always a serious-looking face, but a lovely man behind that smile, or

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nearly a smile. Now we come to the last and in individual all-round A.

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But we have individual run B to come. The drama is not done yet.

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Here is a combination that are many people's idea of the challenger to

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Nick Skelton. The rider is 42 years old, with this lovely Dutch-bred

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horse. He came seventh in the Olympics four years ago on another

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horse that he had ridden on a number of occasions at the majors.

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He was in the World Equestrian Games team, but finished 40th

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individually. But they are a much more world-class combination now.

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Last to go in the first round of the Olympic individual show jumping.

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He chose to keep going down on the five strides. Lovely, big, athletic,

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powerful jumper. There is a rumour that this may have lost a shoe.

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Will that make a difference? It happened at the second fence, we

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believe. Sometimes if they lose a shoe, it is not a major problem. If

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there are no grass, it would make a bigger difference, because they

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would need the studs to get the grips. So long as his foot isn't

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sore, you can see he is carrying on happily. We have said it several

:37:25.:37:35.
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times. This going is amazing. All the disciplines have been on it.

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The planners can be thrilled with the hard work that has gone on.

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have just had the confirmation that one of the big Dutch challengers is

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going out. I wonder whether that should did make a difference. Just

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inside the time. They finish on four faults at the end of the first

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round. That will be a disappointment. There is the issue.

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Well spotted, Clare. That may have unsettled the horse. He jumped

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brilliantly until the middle of the combination. Big drama again. It

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was the same fence that Emma had down. Really difficult to jump at

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one point 58. This means Britain will be the only country to have

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two through to the next round on a clear round. I think you can bet

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that the Olympic individual gold medal for show jumping will come

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from one of those six. Could it be He hopes so, and give him credit

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for that horse losing the issue. He does not miss anything. Top us

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through what it is like to ride a horse of the quality of may macro?

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It makes my job easier. So long as I get within the vicinity of the

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fence, he does the rest. A lot of people are struggling out there. I

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was holding on. He got there too soon, but he is jumping great.

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Whatever he does, I will not be displeased. He is brilliant. He is

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the outstanding horse of this competition so far. This afternoon,

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you will come into this arena last. What do you want to see in the

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course built by bob Ellis for this afternoon? For me, one thing I

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never got to the bottom with this horse, I have never been in a

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ground anywhere where I have thought I had to give him a kick

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because it was lacking, scope-wise. The bigger it is, the better it is.

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I don't think he would build anything he can't jump. The must

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feel like a kid again, getting to ride him. That is what is keeping

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me going. You are suffering a bit with a cold. I have had that very

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few days. Not to worry. This will get it out of the way. Do you feel

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you have things to put right after what happened in Athens where you

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thought you had a medal in the bag and your horse made mistakes?

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is the thing. Eight years ago, I was in the same position, last ago.

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And we blew it, so I don't want to do that again. What do you do

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different? I don't know. When riding at this level, you cannot

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miss a beat. Six inches off, you can have a jump down. There is so

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much precision. People do not understand that it is very

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technical. When you have a horse on your side like he is, he is doing

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everything to help me. He is giving it 110%, and if I give it 110, we

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should be OK. Good luck this afternoon. I hope we get to talk to

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you again in this position. Congratulations to Nick Skelton. We

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will go back to Clare for more information about the second round.

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The penalties are carried over. The top 20 go into this last round.

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Obviously, the course is well- suited for our British riders, with

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two of the six clear rounds in there, but how different will this

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second course be? It will be slightly shorter. Not by much, only

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about 20 metres. That equates to about four seconds. They have 10

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obstacles, 13 jumping efforts. It can be bigger. There is a double-

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decker bus that will be in this one, for more of the London hotspots. We

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have seen big bend our there. -- we have seen big bend. They are trying

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to reflect the British countryside and British iconic buildings. I can

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see the double-decker bus been prepared. Particularly with Big

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Star and Hello Sanctos, Scott Brash's horse, they are growing

:42:23.:42:28.

with every round. They are very fit horses, and fitness really comes

:42:28.:42:33.

into it, because they have been jumping for a few days now. With

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the jump-off for the team, they have been doing more than the other

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horses, but they are fit enough. is interesting to see how calm and

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relaxed both Scott and Nick are, because a lot can be transferred to

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the horse. And in that arena, there are so many people screaming. The

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horses will know what is going on and they may know what is at stake,

:42:54.:43:00.

though that might make you laugh. think the rider being confident

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really does help. I am really impressed with how cool Scott Brash

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has been. He is trying to treat it like any other competition. And it

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knows he has a wrong to put right, and I believe he will. It starts at

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3 o'clock. A quick word on the horses. Is there a stable area at

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the back where they can relax and have a sponge down before the

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The horses will have a sponge down and cool down. The cloud coming

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over is a real help. It is very hot here when the sun is blazing down.

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The spectators will get something to eat and drink as well and will

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come back to their seats, are raring to go. The horses will have

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The conclusion of the first part of the individual show jumping

Equestrian: 12:00 Jumping individual final round A

Equestrian commentary: Michael Tucker and Andy Austin.


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