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Comanche to make history

Comanche, the Irish-bred horse ridden by British vet James Robinson, is set to join famous veterans Over to You, Spring Along and Lenamore in the history books if he finishes Badminton this year.

The Irish Sport Horse, by I'm A Star, out of French Girl, bred by Joseph Cavanagh, turns 19 this year and is being aimed at his 10th start in the gruelling competition.

Having started the three-day event nine times and completed it seven times, the bay gelding is at home on the famous Gloucestershire turf.

"Touch wood, he's never been lame," Mr Robinson said. "He looks and feels great and, provided that continues, the plan is to run at Badminton."

Seven-eighths thorougbred Comanche is the third horse Mr Robinson has taken up the ranks to four-star level, and his most successful to date, having chalked up fourth, fifth and sixth placings on the final scoreboard at Badminton.

Ironically, his best result was achieved in 2004, when rapidly deteriorating conditions left no-one able to make the optimum time in the bottomless ground.

" It wasn't an easy course, and with the [soggy] ground as well, but Comanche galloped his heart out. We were second fastest," added Mr Robinson.

Read Comanche's story at www.badminton-horse.co.uk.

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