October 09, 2014 at 9:43 AM


N70_9243Talent.jpgIrishman Trevor Breen continued his stellar season by winning a significant double prize to end day one at the Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham.

Breen, who is based in Buckinghamshire, guided Adventure De Kannan to Hickstead Derby and Queen Elizabeth II Cup glory during the summer, and tonight at the LG Arena it was the turn of Classic III.

Not only did Breen land the Addington Manor Talent Seekers title, it is a class that also incorporates the national seven-year-old championship, which he duly won as well and secured a £1,000 bonus on top of the £1,400 winner's purse.

The combination's jump-off time of 37.90 seconds saw them finish clear of Tracey Priest and Market Irminka, with Charlotte Flack and Ratinka Khan third.

And Breen, unsurprisingly, was lavish in his praise of the horse afterwards.

"It was absolutely brilliant. I won that class in 2011 [with Old Town KC], and now I've won it again. It is a 100 per cent record I hope to keep going," he said.

"He is a phenomenal horse. I've said before that he is probably the best horse I have ever ridden. Remember his name in a few years.

"He can do things that other horses can't. That is probably the biggest track he has ever jumped, and he did it so easily.

"One last question I had was what would he do under the lights and the atmosphere here? But he grew again. He was better again, and I couldn't be happier. Everything I asked of him, he answered.

"The aim is to go big with him, but I will drop him down and then gear him up again. I think he is going to be a top Nations Cup horse and a big Championship horse.

"This is the show everyone talks about. I came here for the first time in 2011, and it really hit me how big a show it is. They really get behind you and appreciate good showjumping. It's a massive buzz."

Audio file of the winner of the Addinton Manor Talent Seekers AND 7 year old Championship:



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