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Berry's Olympic silver medal winner returns

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The horse that carried Berry's Shane Rose to an Olympic silver medal is back in Australia.

After competing in the team eventing at Tokyo the 16-year-old warmblood Virgil has been through quarantine and biosecurity processes in Germany and Australia before being reunited with Rose.

Rose said he had owned Virgil since the horse was a youngster, so to have been with him for so long and taking through to an Olympic silver medal was very rewarding.

He said he always believed Virgil was a world-class horse, and put it all together in Tokyo was "very pleasing".

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"Virgil had a fantastic preparation," Rose said.

"Everything went to plan. We’ve had travelling issues with Virgil in the past.

“For this trip we had a very specific diet and exercise plan and it worked well.  

"Virgil arrived in Tokyo feeling fit and strong which allowed him to perform at his best.”

Tokyo was Rose's third Olympics, but Virgil's first.

Now that the pair have been reunited, Virgil will rest before gearing up for next year’s World Championships in Italy.

images: supplied by Australian Government

Tags: Equestrian, Shane Rose, Tokyo Olympics