Shane Breen lands the HOYS speed horse of the year title


Shane Breen headed an exciting, daring speed horse of the year over a twisting track, claiming the win with a gallop to the final oxer on Bina Ford’s Acoustik Solo Du Baloubet.

Billy Twomey and Ardcolum Duke, winners of Saturday’s accumulator, had set a fast, scintillating target. He was out to win another speed horse of the year title, and it seemed he’d done enough when challenges came and went. Until Shane, that is.

“I was confident enough. I’d watched Billy go – he was the marker as I was a fraction behind him in the accumulator, our horses are similar in speed. I thought I could take a stride less than Billy to the double and I’d be a smidgen up,” said Shane.

The Baloubet Du Rouet 10-year-old joined Shane 15 months ago and has clocked up consistent results.

“He’s been a bit of a bridesmaid, taking second, second, second – his owner Bina is always ribbing me about being second so it’s good to win one. The best thing about him is you don’t have to ride fast to be fast, he can turn on a sixpence and has enough scope to jump from anywhere,” said Shane. “He’s a great speed horse but there’s more to him, he’s jumped the Derby and 4* grands prix, he’s very versatile.”

Billy held on to second with the 12-year-old Irish stallion Ardcolum Duke and, despite hitting a fence to add two sec, the speedy Guy Williams pushed Casper De Muze into third.

Billy held on to second with the 12-year-old Irish stallion Ardcolum Duke and, despite hitting a fence to add two sec, the speedy Guy Williams pushed Casper De Muze into third.

Nicole Pavitt jumped a good clear for fourth on Areeb OL, finishing just ahead of Belgium’s Francois Mathy Jnr with Falco Van De Clehoeve. James Smith took sixth on Tyson Uno and Joe Whitaker slotted Lavarno into seventh.

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