Breen’s eyes on Macken record
Showjumper claims his second successive Hickstead Derby
The show-jumper, from Gerrards Cross, made history last year when he won the event on a one-eyed horse, Adventure De Kannan.
It was a triumph made all the sweeter for the 36-year-old Irishman after he came third in 2012 and second in 2013.
This year, he was the only competitor to put in a clear round at the West Sussex venue aboard a horse, Loughnatousa WB, who won in 2012 for Breen’s Irish compatriot, Paul Beecher.
It meant he became the first rider since Nick Skelton in 1987 and 1988 to win the Derby in successive years on different horses, and Macken’s record is his next target.
Macken won the Hickstead four times in a row between 1976 and 1979 on the legendary steed Boomerang, after who the trophy given to the Derby winner each year is now named.
Breen said: “I’m over the moon, I never dreamed it would happen – I will definitely be giving it a shot again next year for three in a row, and then I’ll only be one off Eddie’s all time record of four – you never know.
“To win the Derby once was a dream come true, and I must admit, to win it twice still feels a bit surreal.
“I didn’t really know how we would do really.
“I knew we had a bit of a chance, riding two past winners, but you still need a bit of luck for things to go right.
“They are two different horses but both good horses.
“Adie (Adventure De Kannan) gave me a great ride as well and gave me everything but it wasn’t to be his day. I rode Adie for eight years and know him inside out.
“Loughnatousa WB is a great horse, I’ve been riding him a year now.
“I’m still getting to know him, but he knows the Derby well and gives it his all.” Trevor Breen on his way to winning the 2015 Hickstead Derby
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