Breen leads way as raiders plunder Hickstead
Trevor Breen won Saturday's Queen Elizabeth II Cup and Bertram Allen was runner-up in yesterday's King George V Gold Cup to round up another brilliant Irish weekend at Hickstead.
Breen and his one-eyed wonder horse Adventure de Kannan, better known as Addy, are Hickstead specialists having won all but one of the major trophies there. In June they added the Hickstead Derby to their list of successes that includes the British Speed Derby, Eventing Grand Prix and the All England Grand Prix.
Saturday's victory was achieved by a margin of just 500ths of a second ahead of Britain's Robert Whitaker.
The only Hickstead "major" that now eludes the Irish pair is the King George which yesterday went to America's Beezie Madden, the first female winner since the formerly men-only King George and ladies-only QEII were opened up to both sexes in recent years.
Allen, who turned 19 last Friday, steered Billy Twomey's Romanov into second.
Meanwhile, Ireland's 2013 individual gold medallist Susan Fitzpatrick clinched showjumping bronze at the FEI European Championships in Millstreet which were widely acclaimed as a huge success.
Fitzpatrick was also a member of Friday's silver medal-winning team, and yesterday the Irish pony eventers finished fifth, with Alex Power the highest placed individual in 14th place.
The spectacular new cross-country course and the vast expanse of all-weather arenas at the Cork venue have created quite a stir amongst the international visitors and there is growing support for the Duggan family's plans to bid for the World Equestrian Games in 2022.