Michael Jung

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Ger­man mae­stro re­turns with his 2016 win­ner and Olympic cham­pion, the much-loved La Bios­the­tique Sam, now 17. The last back-to-back win­ners were Pippa Fun­nell and Supreme Rock in 2002– 03 and the seraph­i­cally smil­ing Jung has ev­ery chance of do­ing the same.

BBC Wilt­shire was re­duced to claim­ing the hand­some French­man as one of its own af­ter all other rep­re­sen­ta­tives of this strong event­ing county failed to re­turn from Rio with a medal. Nicolas, a team gold and in­di­vid­ual sil­ver medal­list, once trained there with New Zealan­der

would also be a pop­u­lar win­ner af­ter 33 years of try­ing, more com­ple­tions than any­one else (35) and heroic re­cov­ery from a se­ri­ous fall in 2015.

Fel­low Kiwi riders and four­time win­ner are two more of Wilt­shire’s finest—the lat­ter be­came the old­est win­ner, aged 55, in 2011 and still has the magic touch—and Glouces­ter­shire­based 55, thrice a Bad­minton run­ner-up, is back here for the first time in 13 years. Watch out, too, for Sir Mark’s Brazil­ian pupil one of the few gen­uine am­a­teurs, in real life, he’s a doc­tor, anaes­thetist and rub­ber­plan­ta­tion man­ager.

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