Phillip Dutton updated his Facebook page this afternoon with news on Mr. Medicott, who was withdrawn from Rolex at the final horse inspection Sunday morning after going double clear on cross country. The horse looked to have pulled up after cross country taking lame steps , and Phillip confirmed today Mr. Medicott has aggravated an old tendon injury.
“After being thoroughly examined by our vet team, we learned that Cave aggravated an old tendon injury at Rolex. At this stage, we’re relieved that the damage seems minor and should heal quickly,” Phillip said on Facebook. “He will be kept in light work, and we will rehabilitate the leg aggressively to get him back to what he loves to do as soon as possible.”
Cave already qualified for WEG at Pau last fall, but the question remains of whether he would be sound enough to compete. This puts a lot more pressure on Phillip to have a good go at Luhmühlen CCI4* with Mighty Nice. Fernhill Fugitive is also qualified for WEG, though the horse has never done a four-star. Phillip has ridden at every WEG and Olympics for the U.S. since 2006 and every WEG and Olympics for Australia prior to that since 1994.