Showjumping: Zara Phillips boosts Olympic hopes by winning eventing opener
Zara Phillips boosted her hopes of making the Olympics this year when she rode Silver Lining V to eventing victory yesterday in Aldershot, Hampshire.
The 2006 world equestrian gold medallist won the open intermediate section D class at Tweseldown Horse Trials, with Lucinda Fredericks coming in second and fellow Olympic hopeful Pippa Funnell back in twentieth place.
Phillips scored 30 in the opening dressage round, before a clear showjumping round and just 7.2 in time penalties on the cross country stage clinched her victory.
Mary King, Piggy French, Nicola Wilson and William Fox-Pitt, are widely expected to fill four of the places for Britain’s Olympic medal bid at Greenwich Park in late July, but with performances like this, Phillips has an outside chance of making the five strong team for London 2012.
She will join the likes of double Olympic bronze medalist Tina Cook and multiple major championship medal winner Pippa Funnell in fighting for the fifth spot.
Lizzie Flint, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine