All Olympic Show Jumping Horses Pass Vet Inspection

A total of 87 Jumping horses were presented for veterinary inspection at the Olympic equestrian venue in Sha Tin, Hong Kong. All passed with flying colors, with no visitors to the holding box.

There were three changes to the Olympic Jumping start-list yesterday (Wednesday) when it was confirmed that Michael Whitaker's Portofino of Great Britain, Alvaro Mirando Neto's Ad Picolien of Brazil, and Daniel Meech's Sorbas of New Zealand were all withdrawn.

The loss of the experienced Portofino is a major blow to the British team, but the 14-year old mare had been suffering from intermittent bouts of lameness over the previous few days and a decision was taken to withdraw her and call up the reserve partnership of Nick Skelton and Russel as replacements. Skelton will be competing in his fifth Olympic contest when the action begins tomorrow (Friday) evening.

For Alvaro Miranda Neto there was disappointment when Ad Picolien was declared unfit, and the man who finished 12th individually at the Athens Olympic Games in 2004 and who was a member of the bronze medal winning Brazilian team at the Sydney Olympics in 2000 will now be obliged to watch his colleagues from the sidelines.

Daniel Meech will be replaced by Kirk Webby and Sitah on the New Zealand team.

Fellow Kiwi Katie McVean's 16-year old Forest was one of the eye-catching horses at the insepction but, for many, the man of the moment was Jos Lansink's much-loved stallion Cumano who has only recently returned to the ring after an enforced break due to the tendon injury he suffered last autumn.

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