My Olympic viewing – Day 10: Credit where credit’s due


Medals: Gold – Equestrian Team Show Jumping, Jason Kenny – Men’s Cycling Sprint. Bronze – Beth Tweddle – Gymnastics Uneven Bars

Not many people realise that the greatest performer in horse racing in recent times is Tom Queally. He has now won ten Group 1 races in a row and he seems to be able to get a tremendous burst of speed from the horses he rides. His last major winner had odds of 1/20 people were that confident Tom would win. Actually Tom is the jockey on Frankel who demolished the field to win the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood by 6 lengths. No-one ever talks about Tom’s contribution.

Spare a thought for Vindicat as he rolls over in his stable and opens his eyes to the Times headline “Peter Charles rides Vindicat on his way to competing a clear round that won the Team Jumping event”. He may think the headline should actually be “Wonder horse Vindicat completes gold-winning clear round despite balancing a full-grown man on his back”. The team won a magnificent and historic gold yesterday in the beautiful setting at Greenwich Park. The medals were won by Nick Skelton, Ben Maher, Scott Brash and Peter Charles and the record book has no mention of Big Star, Tripple X, Hello Sanctos, and Vindicat. They are not even on the photographs…they will be furious when they read the papers.

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