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article imageIreland's Shane Breen makes Hickstead history

By Layne Weiss     Aug 4, 2013 in Sports
Ireland's Shane Breen made Hickstead history today when he won the Queen Elizabeth II cup. The Irish Nations Cup star guided Zarnita, his 9-year-old mare to victory edging out the UK's Robert Whitaker by only 0.61 seconds.
Having won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup,Breen will now set his sites on the King George V Gold Cup at Sunday's Longines Royal International Horse Show finale, The Irish Times reports.
"It is great to win any class at Hickstead," Breen said. "But I am particularly delighted to win with this horse as the owner Sarah-Jane Knight is based only 10 minutes up the road from here." Breen jumped two clear rounds in the FEI Nations Cup.
Breen said he believes Zarnita has what it takes to make it to the top, Horsetalkco.nz reports.
"She only started jumping when she was six, so she's relatively inexperienced, but she's got loads of scope and is very careful," Breen said. "She's a peculiar kind of mare as she jumps better the bigger the course. So don't be surprised if you see her in a Nations Cup or Grand Prix next year."
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