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HE 10th Duke of Beau­fort fa­mously started Bad­minton in 1949 to help Bri­tish riders pre­pare bet­ter for the Olympics, af­ter a dis­as­trous show­ing at the 1948 Games. The team’s fail­ure to achieve a sin­gle clear cross-coun­try round in Rio last year had echoes of that hu­mil­i­a­tion, lead­ing some com­men­ta­tors to sug­gest a re­turn to a more am­bi­tious prepa­ra­tion for cham­pi­onships. Here are the riders who should re­store home pride at Bad­minton.

Suc­cess came early to when he won Bad­minton in 2009, at the age of 26; he’s now the fin­ished horse­man. Hugely com­pet­i­tive and of­ten find­ing the key to enig­matic horses, he’s the Bri­ton

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Keep­ing up tra­di­tion: Izzy Taylor, whose great-aunt won Bad­minton 55 years ago, has a strong chance on KBIS Bri­ar­lands Matilda

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