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Zara Phillips high hopes for Black Tuxedo at Blenheim

The biggest test yet for Black Tuxedo, Zara's star in the making

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UPDATED:

13:00 GMT, 9 September 2012

Suits you: Zara Phillips on Black Tuxedo

Suits you: Zara Phillips on Black Tuxedo

Two days before she parades as one of Britain's medal-winning Olympians, Zara Phillips was competing at the Blenheim Horse Trials on the horse she hopes will bring her more glory.

Phillips hopes Black Tuxedo, bought from New Zealand at the end of last year, will be a successor to Toytown, her world and European champion, and High Kingdom, on whom she won Olympic team silver last month at London 2012.

However, the combination are lying
37th out of 70 competitors after the dressage and showumping phases
before the final cross-country stage on Sunday.

Andrew Nicholson, on a high after his
superb victory at Land Burghley and the inexperienced Quimbo have a
lead of just four penalties over Piggy French who missed the Olympics
after both her selected rides went lame – and West Side.

William Fox-Pitt, who last month won
silver as part of Britain's Olympic eventing team, is in the lead at the
Fidelity Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials in Oxfordshire.

He leads former double Olympic champion Mark Todd by three penalty points going into the final day.

London 2012 Olympics: Alistair and Jon Brownlee dead-heat at Blenheim

Brotherly love as Brownlees dead-heat at Blenheim

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UPDATED:

21:45 GMT, 10 June 2012

Alistair Brownlee dead-heated with brother Jon at triathlon's World Series event at Blenheim to complete a perfect comeback after three months rehabilitating from an achilles injury.

The two were named in Britain's Olympic team with domestique Stuart Hayes to assist them.

Will Clarke, last year's world No 9, who was left out, called the selection process 'a really bad system'.

Sibling revelry: Alistair Brownlee (left) and brother Jonathan

Sibling revelry: Alistair Brownlee (left) and brother Jonathan

London 2012 Olympics: Triathlon trio join Brownlee brothers in Team GB squad

Triathlon trio join Brownlee brothers in push for London gold

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UPDATED:

11:12 GMT, 9 June 2012

Vicky Holland, Lucy Hall and Stuart Hayes will join Alistair Brownlee, Jonny Brownlee and Helen Jenkins in the Great Britain triathlon team at the London Olympics.

The latter trio booked their places last year after superb seasons, with Alistair Brownlee and Jenkins winning their second world titles and Jonny Brownlee establishing himself as world No 2.

Britain have never won an Olympic medal in triathlon but it would be a major surprise were they not to change that statistic this time.

Brothers in arms: Helen Jenkins is flanked by Jonathan and Alastair Browlee

Brothers in arms: Helen Jenkins is flanked by Jonathan and Alastair Browlee

Neil Wilson

Alistair Brownlee in particular has been utterly dominant over the last three years, winning 11 of the 15 World Triathlon Series races he has competed in, picking up two world titles as well as two European titles.

The 24-year-old was a clear winner over the Olympic course in Hyde Park last year, as was Jenkins, who has been a consistent medal winner and began her 2012 season with second place in Sydney and then a runaway victory in San Diego.

Alistair Brownlee will return to action at the Blenheim Triathlon on Saturday after missing the start of the season with an achilles injury, and in his absence his 22-year-old brother has taken on the mantle.

Jonny Brownlee won in San Diego and then crushed the opposition in Madrid two weeks ago for his first victories over the Olympic distance at elite senior level.

The selection of the rest of the team has been controversial, with British Triathlon making clear their stated intent to win a medal and leaving open the possibility of picking domestiques to help their team-mates rather than the best athletes individually.

The governing body are not saying in what capacity Holland, Hall and Hayes have been selected, but in the case of the latter two especially, it appears they will be there in a supporting role.

Holland has hit form at just the right time with top-seven finishes in San Diego and Madrid and may well race in her own right.

Hall, 20, has never finished higher than 37th in a World Series race over the Olympic distance but she is one of the fastest swimmers in the sport and may well be able to help Jenkins split the pack, giving her a better chance of victory.

Hayes, who will also be making his Olympic debut at the age of 33, won the World Series race in Kitzbuhel in 2010 but has not had any results of note since.

However, he is an experienced and highly respected team member and his prowess in the 40 kilometre bike leg is likely to have swayed the selectors.

If things go to plan, then the Brownlees will not need the extra help but Hayes will also be there should things go wrong, as they did at the European Championships last year when Alistair Brownlee picked up a puncture but still won after his team-mates worked with him to get back to the pack.