Brook is Guineas heroine for Champs Elysees
The Richard Hannon-trained Billesdon Brook (3f Champs Elysees-Coplow, by Manduro) was the heroine of Newmarket’s Rowley Mile on Sunday when running out a superb winner of the G1 1,000 Guineas.
Another outstanding performer for Champs Elysees, the filly had won the G3 Prestige Stakes as a juvenile and - despite starting as an outsider - her win did not surprise Hannon.
Sean Levey kept Billesdon Brook held up in the early stages before making his move two furlongs out and went on to score by a length and three-quarters from Laurens.
"It was a surprise but there was nothing fluky about it. All our Guineas winners, certainly in the last ten years, have needed their first run,” said Hannon, who had started the filly off in the Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket the previous month.
"We got Sky Lantern beaten in her trial and Night Of Thunder beaten in his trial and they both went on to win their Guineas, and she was no different. Today she looked great. She's done no work between the Nell Gwyn and here but is obviously a very good filly.”
Billesdon Brook was bred by the late Bob McCreery and races for the Pall Mall Partners, a syndicate of his friends.
“It’s great for her syndicate - they’ve been in the game a long time and they’ve worked hard for a day like today,” added Hannon. “It’s great for Sean. He’s there every day and works very hard. You are not defined by how many winners you ride or train, but by how many good ones.”
It was a huge moment for Levey, who added: “I thought I might be going a little bit early, but I didn’t want to disappoint her and so I let her use that turn of foot and she kept finding. I’ve had plenty of winners and plenty of opportunities, but I needed that good horse.”