Speaking afterwards the Tipperary native said, “It is just starting to sink in now and I’m just delighted. I would like to thank our entire team, the horse’s owner Karen Swann and all my sponsors including Connolly’s RED MILLS”.
Breen 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 sponsored by Equestrian.com, beating Miller’s time by just two hundredths of a second.
Adventure De Kannan has a superb record at Hickstead, winning the Speed Derby in 2009 and the Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix in 2012. But the Hickstead Derby kept eluding him – despite coming tantalisingly close with a third place in 2012 and second in 2013
The 14-year-old gelding has always relished jumping at Hickstead, but his preparations haven’t always gone smoothly. Last year the horse was only just recovering from surgery to remove one of his eyes, because of an ongoing condition. “The horse just loves adversity,” said Trevor. “Last year he lost his eye, then he came back, this year he tweaked his hind suspensory, came back again and then to top it all off I was exercising him in the sand arena here yesterday and he got kicked in the leg. He’s just a Trojan of a horse.” 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.