Phillips hails High Kingdom

12 June 2012 / 14:24

Zara Phillips has paid a glowing tribute to her London Olympics horse High Kingdom.

Phillips made her name in top-flight equestrian eventing with Toytown, winning the 2006 world title in Aachen as the highlight of their glittering partnership.

But she believes Irish-bred High Kingdom, bought for her by long-time supporter Trevor Hemmings, has undoubted quality.

"He is as good as Toytown, and it's great to have another horse that can run at that level. I have a lot of faith in him," she said.

"When the London bid was announced, he (Hemmings) suggested we go out and find a horse to get here. High Kingdom was that horse.

"The Olympics has always been my goal with him, so it's just amazing to get this opportunity.

"You buy youngsters and it is hard to see their full potential and know how far they will go, so I am pretty grateful that he has kept on showing such improvement. I hope he keeps on delivering from now on in as I really think a lot of him."

Phillips, the Queen's granddaughter, has been chosen alongside William Fox-Pitt, Mary King, Piggy French and Tina Cook in the British eventing team for Greenwich Park.

She would have been at the 2004 and 2008 Games, but injuries to Toytown, who was formally retired last year, dashed those hopes.

"High Kingdom is a pretty cool, very relaxed kind of guy," added 31-year-old Phillips. "He is improving all the time. He's pretty pony-like, a nippy little jumper and easy to manoeuvre, so hopefully it will suit him well in Greenwich."