Breen’s eyes on Macken record

Showjumper claims his sec­ond suc­ces­sive Hick­stead Derby

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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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