Oliver Townend and Flint Curtis are no longer in the running for a place on the British Olympic eventing team for Hong Kong.

Due to Zara Phillips’ ride Toytown sustaining an injury there is a spare slot on the team.

But the owners of 12-year-old Flint Curtis, Edward and Robert Nicholson, have withdrawn him from Olympic contention, choosing rather to focus on British competitions.

“We are aiming for Burghley now,” Oliver told H&H.

Team leader for the equestrian team Will Connell has told H&H: “Following the withdrawal of Zara the selectors are focussing on Tina Cook, Daisy Dick and Ruth Edge to replace her.”

The fifth team member is due to be announced after Barbury Castle Horse Trials (4-6 July).