• 29 June 2014, 18:36

TIPPERARY native Trevor Breen had his first ever Hickstead Derby win today (Sunday) when outpacing last year’s champion, British rider Phillip Miller, by two hundredths of a second in a jump-off.

Breen, who was riding Karen Swann’s bay gelding Adventure De Kannan, finished on four faults after the first round, which put him level with Miller and the grey stallion Caritiar Z.

In the ensuing jump off Breen claimed the 47,500 first prize when beating Miller’s time by the slimmest of margins.

Adventure de Kannan had an eye removed during surgery in 2013 following a five year-old eye condition that had suddenly worsened, but has been competing successfully since the operation.

Breen also took sixth place in the Derby with Loughnatousa W B on nine faults.

The win took Irish victories at Hickstead this weekend to a total of four.  Richard Howley and Belinka Vh Overlede Goed won the opening class on Thursday, followed by Michael Duffy’s first place later in the day on Torino in the speed class. On Saturday Daniel Coyle claimed a win with Zuidam in the day’s feature jump-off class.

In Canada, meanwhile, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny  and Alpha VDL won the $33,500 McDaniel & Associates Cup 1.55m at CSI4* Spruce Meadows.

Irish competitor Barry Capstick won his sixth successive Horse Pairs at Sandringham in England on Sunday, with fellow Irish competitor Anneke Rohrssen taking second place. Also in Driving at Sandringham, Ireland’s Emma Goulding and Glendush Lucie (CP) finished ninth overall in the Para World Championships.

Trevor Breen and Adventure de Kannan

Trevor Breen and Adventure de Kannan