Totilas, the world’s most expensive dressage horse, has been ruled out of the Olympics after missing the second selection trial for the German squad at Aachen this weekend (4-8 July).
His rider, Matthias-Alexander Rath, has contracted glandular fever and doctor’s orders are to rest for at least two weeks. The illness can take up to six weeks to recover from.
It is mandatory for all German Olympic candidates to compete at Aachen.
Despite the pair ranking number two in Germany, the talented stallion has not been on best form since being poached from Dutch rider Edward Gal.
Totilas was allegedly sold for a massive £10 million to Paul Schockemöhle and Ann-Kathrin Linsenhoff – Rath’s stepmother. But money is never a guarantee of success and the partnership didn't gel as quickly as hoped.