This Is Going To Cost Someone A Lot Of Money

Twenty one horses in the Venezuelan-owned Lechuza Caracas polo team dropped dead on Sunday at the US Open polo tournament in Palm Beach.

The horses were said to have been administered a widely used vitamin supplement containing a combination of vitamin B12, sodium selenite and other minerals, which was apparently not approved for use in the US.

Lechuza Caracas officially withdrew from the tournament on Monday.

That's the trouble with these Venezuelans, all too ready to throw the towel in at the first little sign of trouble. Show me where it says in the rule book that the horses must be alive during the game. If it would have been the British team we'd have played on, coming last to the best of our ability, Eddie the Eagle style. We'd make our own polo horses out of supermarket trollies, with a papier mache head and a tail made out of bits of old material, wearing our Blue Peter badges with pride.

"We owe it to the memory of our dead polo horses to play on and bring back the Cup for every man, woman & child back home. When I was a young boy growing up in Toxteth, we used to rush back home from school to feed our polo ponies. I'm not going to let a minor set back like this ruin my dream of lifting the US Open," said Team GB captain, Nogger, choking back tears, sat proudly in his improvised Tesco-sponsored pony.

"It's got a bit of a wobbly wheel, so I don't know if he'll do the full 90 minutes, I might have to pull him off at half time and bring Aldi on," he added.