Hickstead show jumping round-up – day four

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Hickstead show jumping round-up – day four
Hickstead show jumping round-up – day four

Hertfordshire-based Phillip Miller won the 53rd Hickstead Derby

on Caritiar Z taking home the £36,630 first prize after producing the  sole clear on the 13-year-old grey geldingTrevor Breen (Adventure De Kannan) and William Funnell (Dorada) took second place with four faults apiece, both knocking down the open ditch, near to the end of the course.

"I never thought I'd be leaving Hickstead this week as the winner of the Derby," said Phillip (pictured). "It’s an amazing achievement and it's the one everyone wants to win.

"To be honest I was worried about all of the fences. But the Devil’s Dyke was my biggest concern, as we had four faults there last year, so once I jumped that I had to focus on not getting time faults. We had a rattle at the open ditch and then I could hear the crowd cheering, so I knew I was in with a chance."

Trevor Breen, who finished joint-third last year with Adventure De Kannan, was gracious in defeat. "I'm genuinely happy for Phil – he is a great friend of mine," he said. "But I came here to win, not to make up the numbers. 

"Addy has been on unbelievable form this year, then he had the trauma of the eye operation [he had his eye removed]. This is only his third show since then, so to come back like this is incredible - I can't ask anymore of him. To win would have been a fairytale, but it wasn't to be. There always seems to be one fence catching me. It's been a tough week for me," he said, referring to the death of his mother Mary Breen. William Funnell found history repeating itself when he was runner-up for the second year in a row with the 15-year-old Dorada.

"I know how good it feels to win, and Phil is a real trier and he deserves it," said William, who won the class in 2006, 2008 and 2009. "He's a nice guy so if I've got to get beaten it's good to be beaten by him."

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Picture credit Lotte Simons Photography

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