Shane Breen purchased Cuick Star Kervec as a yearling, 9 years in the past, and all the time thought he was going to be one thing particular.
To conclude an excellent week for the Irish at Horse of the Yr present (HOYS) Shane and the fiery Fast Star stallion gave a masterclass in velocity, energy and management to come back residence just below a fifth of a second sooner than John Whitaker on Equine America Unick Du Francport.
The primary-round observe had been robust, as anticipated in a grand prix, and solely seven of the 29 starters went clear. However Breen Equestrian and Quirke Sport Horses’ 10-year-old made nothing of it, in what was solely his third grand prix.
“His scope is wonderful – I’ve by no means ridden something with this a lot scope,” stated Shane. “For my part, it is a very particular horse.”
John had thrown down the gauntlet with a super-fast time, ending by taking a stride out to the final. Shane stated John had advised him he would go on 5 strides from the primary to second fences, however in the long run went on six.
“I watched him and my brother Trevor stated ‘You’ve acquired to do 5’,” Shane stated. “And the fantastic thing about this horse is that he’s acquired an incredible stride.”
It was a primary win on this class for Shane, who was delighted to win in entrance of the “incredible crowd”.
“I purchased this horse as a yearling and all the time thought he was going to be a celebrity,” he stated.
“To win his third grand prix is a superb achievement, and particularly right here; it’s an excellent event. I feel this could possibly be step one of many large steps.”
John, who was second to go on his and his spouse Claire’s 14-year-old within the jump-off – however to start with the clears as eight went by way of to the jump-off and Donald Whitaker and Arlo De Blondel had carried their 4 first-round faults by way of with them – agreed that it was the road from fences one to 2 that received the category, although his velocity and precision in turns, and mighty gallop to the final oxer, had made it as shut because it was.
“I wished to be fast, going first, but additionally wished to be clear,” he stated. “He jumped actually good; each rounds felt nice.”
Jack Whitaker, who completed third, on his twenty first birthday, driving Equine America Valmy De La Lande, stated he was “very blissful” along with his father Michael’s 13-year-old stallion. As final to go, and in a silence during which the proverbial pin would have clattered, he jumped an excellent clear lower than a second behind his uncle John.
Michael joked: “He might have gone a second and a half faster! But it surely was an excellent spherical. He’s a stallion with a thoughts of his personal, and you may solely do what he needs to do. Jack did an excellent job there, they jumped rather well.”
And Michael, who completed fourth within the class himself in 2019, added: “So he beat me!”
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