Hickstead Thursday

By: Horse Deals

Hickstead Thursday
Shane Breen and Dorada
Thursday at this year’s Royal International could have been renamed "Shane Breen day" after the Irishman dominated the proceedings at his home base of Hickstead. Shane first won the Bunn Leisure Trophy on World Cruise, his former number one ride who has returned after a lengthy spell on the sidelines through injury and looks as good as ever. And the 15-year-old son of Cruising had to be at his best to hold off the challenge from two promising young British horses — Fresh Direct Kalico Bay (Tim Stockdale) and Dazzle II (John Whitaker).

Then in the Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix Shane gave his rivals a lesson in how to tackle the coloured poles and knock-down cross-country fences. His round on Dorada was a joy to watch and they took all the quick routes en route to a clear round and the £4,000 top prize.
Two mistakes costing 10sec left Gary Parsonage and Peter Street, winners for the past two years, in second place, ahead of another British-based Irishman, Mark Kyle, on Step In Time.

"I’ve had Dorada since he was three and he does everything asked of him with a smile on his face. The only thing he doesn’t like is puissance," said Shane.

The show’s first international class, the Royal International Vase, ended in victory for the USA courtesy of McLain, who defeated 83 rivals on Rothchild.