Trevor Breen wins the All England Grand Prix...

A huge class of 52 riders came forward for the £6,000 All England Grand Prix at Hickstead on Sunday (9 September), and the very last rider to jump - Ireland's Trevor Breen - walked away with the top prize. 

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Twelve riders made it through to the jump-off, with the times getting quicker as the class progressed. A fast clear by Paul Crago and About Time V put the pressure on the remaining riders, but his time was soon bettered by Keith Doyle and Walk Tall II, winners of the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup earlier this summer.

But Keith wasn't the only rider in the class to have already secured a big win at Hickstead this season, and Trevor Breen - winner of both the Bunn Leisure Speed Derby and the Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix this year - made it a hat-trick with a superb clear to win the All England Grand Prix by 2secs on Adventure De Kannan.

 "I watched Keith's round and thought I didn't want to do much more than he had early on, but I knew I could make up time by cutting out a stride to the last, and thankfully it worked," said Trevor.

 Adventure De Kannan really seems to relish jumping in the International Arena. "He loves that ring, and he's had an amazing season here at Hickstead," Trevor added. "He has also won four Grands Prix this year - he's a horse that always pays the bills."

 Saturday saw the first ever running of the Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge - a class that features many of the famous Hickstead fences. The class gives future Derby horses a chance to jump over the permanent obstacles at a lower height.

 In June, Paul Beecher partnered Patricia Brown's Loughnatousa WB to victory in the Carpetright Derby, and fittingly it was the same yard's stable jockey Michael Lonsdale and Loughnatousa OB who won the 1.35m Challenge.

"It's fantastic - I haven't been riding the horses competitively for long but, with help from my trainer Bernice Cuthbert, they've all stepped up a gear recently," he said. "OB is a great horse and he keeps surprising us, and we'll hopefully aim him at the Derby next year along with WB."

One of the biggest classes of the week was Friday's 1.40m Open, with a total of 71 starters. Among these were a number of Carpetright Derby horses, including Adventure De Kannan (Trevor Breen), Richi Rich III (Guy Williams) and Loughnatousa WB.

 But none could better the time set by Sian Price and Step In Time III, and they took home the top prize. "It took a lot of jumping, with more than 70 in the class, and 21 clears," said a delighted Sian. "She's had a good season, but it's still nice to have a win at Hickstead."

 

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