But he also made it clear this was only the beginning. "This little horse is only going to improve," Hickman said. "I was nervous and a bit worried with everything that went on with the vets and everything.
"In the run up I was worried that he might not get a run, but, when the gap came, he just took it and did his thing. The next thing for him is to get that group 1."
Brown will be there every step of the way. "l will be honest, I didn't come here for the money or the [summer crown], I came up here for the horse," Brown said.
"I knew he was a good horse and, at this time of year, I didn't want to get off him because I knew I wouldn't get back on him.