Breen earns further Hickstead glory
Irish rider Trevor Breen continued his winning run at Hickstead by landing Wednesday's feature class in the Longines Royal International Horse Show.
Breen has returned to the Sussex arena after being crowned Hickstead Derby champion on Adventure De Kannan just over four weeks ago.
And he wasted no time in making his presence felt as he took the Winter Grades B and C Championship aboard Classic III.
Breen prevailed after a seven-horse jump-off, clocking 40.26 seconds for a clear victory ahead of British European team gold medallist Will Funnell.
Funnell, riding Billy Onslow, posted a time of 42.08, with Nicole Pavitt (Tia Semilly) third and Mark Williams (Extensa G) fourth.
The show's international classes get under way on Thursday, with Friday's Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup round and the Longines King George V Gold Cup on Sunday being the highlights.