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Old 04-03-2014, 06:33 AM
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Who's the idiot now, Zara? Horse she thought her husband was crazy to buy is tipped as likely Grand National winner | Mail Online
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Old 04-03-2014, 08:19 AM
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Well that's a bit harsh....


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Old 04-03-2014, 11:31 AM
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Well, the part where Mike and co. bid blind on the horse, without research, was not a very wise move. He got lucky, while she was right, IMHO.
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Old 04-05-2014, 12:36 PM
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Zara & Mike Tindall's horse Monbeg Dude places 7th as 'Pineau De Re' wins 2014 Grand National :(

Zara Phillips turns out at the #theGrandNational2014 to see Mike Tindall's horse #MonbegDude - http://bit.ly/1gx5Xt3 pic.twitter.com/kSkkBNI69r
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Old 04-05-2014, 06:27 PM
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Zara & Mike Tindall's horse Monbeg Dude places 7th as 'Pineau De Re' wins 2014 Grand National :(

Zara Phillips turns out at the #theGrandNational2014 to see Mike Tindall's horse #MonbegDude - http://bit.ly/1gx5Xt3 pic.twitter.com/kSkkBNI69r

7th isn't bad going out of a field of 40. There's always next year.

Nice to see Anne & Tim there as well.
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Old 04-06-2014, 03:22 PM
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Well that's a bit harsh....


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I agree. The title was very uncalled for, I'm sure Zara called Mike an idiot as as a joke. I'll imagine that most of us have called our friends idiots or stupid as a joke once in our life. The Daily Mail just took it seriously and probably thought of their headline as 'revenge'. (Couldn't think of an appropriate alternative word to use here.)

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It's the wince of a man whose top-tipped horse missed out on winning the Grand National.

But Mike Tindall did not let the results of the year's biggest horse race ruin his day at Aintree.

The former England rugby captain, his wife Zara Phillips and her mother Princess Anne shouted, screamed, grinned and grimaced as Monbeg Dude, tipped as a possible winner, missed out on the £1million prize behind six others.
Mike Tindall has a Grand day out at the National with his Royal family | Mail Online
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I agree. The title was very uncalled for, I'm sure Zara called Mike an idiot as as a joke. I'll imagine that most of us have called our friends idiots or stupid as a joke once in our life. The Daily Mail just took it seriously and probably thought of their headline as 'revenge'. (Couldn't think of an appropriate alternative word to use here.)

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Mike Tindall has a Grand day out at the National with his Royal family | Mail Online
That one picture where Anne is turned taking to Zara and Tim has to try and watch the race over the feathers...ROTFLOL!!!
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Back in the saddle: Zara Philips is riding in public again for the first time since she gave birth to her baby on Mr Murt | Mail Online

Zara Philips back in the saddle and aiming for the next olympics in 2016 :)
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So that's how she did it! Unusual...
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So that's how she did it! Unusual...
Hahaha, goes to show that punctuation does make a difference
DM is not really known for it's exact headlines i think
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Here are some more nice pics of Zara, Mike and Mia at the SYMM International Horse Trials last weekend:



** zimbio: Zara Phillips Returns To Competition **


** zimbio: SYMM International Horse Trials At Hambleden ** gettyimages **


** pp: Zara Phillips : Rentrée encourageante après l'accouchement, sous les yeux de Mia **
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Would've been nice to see pictures of Grandma Anne.
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Great picture of Mike and Mia today, amid the stories that he is retiring from playing rugby.

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BmvQ6cvCIAAlvGK.jpg
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And she's got her own wee jersey too....Too sweet. Daddy's girl w/out a doubt!! :)
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That picture is absolutely jaw-dropping adorable. Rugged burly dad holding his precious delicate little doll. It's just so squee-licious!
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That picture is absolutely jaw-dropping adorable. Rugged burly dad holding his precious delicate little doll. It's just so squee-licious!
Squee-licious? I have got to remember that one!! Good word and perfect for times like this. :)
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Do you think that the retirement might be true? If so I wonder why...
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Do you think that the retirement might be true? If so I wonder why...

He is getting pretty old in professional rugby terms - most players retire around his age and move into coaching / management etc
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Do you think that the retirement might be true? If so I wonder why...

Age would be a big one - he is 36 this year which is definitely long in the tooth for a professional rugby player (there is an organisation for the over 35s called 'Golden Oldies' which is amateur and a lot of fun but you can't play it until 35 as it is expected that players will have retired by the age of 35)

Skills diminishing - due to age he won't be as productive as he once was and so isn't going to get a playing contract at the level he is used to having

Better and younger players getting the recognition and the big money as a player now

Has had enough of the pounding - he has been playing the game since he was a child and at the highest level since his early 20s - he can't play again for England - that ship has sailed, again due to age and diminishing skills - and even Gloucester only had him on a one year player-coaching contract.

Basically - time to move on - comes to us all and for professional sportsmen and women more likely than not in their 30s if not earlier (Zara of course is different as her professional career can continue for another 30 years is she so desires - yes there have been Olympic Equestrians into their 60s)

What will he do next - coaching I suspect but maybe into the commentary/reporting side of the sport. I suspect the coaching as he has had a couple of years now as a player/coach so he has had 'on-the-job' training in coaching his position while also still playing it.
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