1,000 Guineas: 66-1 outsider Billesdon Brook claims shock win at Newmarket

Billesdon Brook and Sean Levey (red and green colours) race to 1,000 Guineas victory
Billesdon Brook and Sean Levey (red and green colours) powered through the field from the outside

Richard Hannon's 66-1 chance Billesdon Brook claimed a shock victory in the second Flat racing Classic of the season, the 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket.

On a cloudless day on the Rowley Mile, the filly became the biggest-priced winner in the history of the famous race, which was first run in 1814.

Jockey Sean Levey glided through the field to win the race by one and three quarter lengths.

Laurens was second, with Ryan Moore third on favourite Happily.

Aidan O'Brien's son Donnacha, who rode Saxon Warrior to the 2,000 Guineas title at Newmarket on Saturday, was last of the 15 runners on Sizzling.

The trainer also finished last with Moore and Mendelssohn in the Kentucky Derby before the pair made the trip back across the Atlantic.

On Sunday, Moore was well placed into the final two furlongs on the 11-4 favourite, but was unable to quicken.

Charlie Appleby's well-fancied Soliloquy, ridden by William Buick, finished three and a quarter lengths back in sixth.

Chestnut filly Billesdon Brook, who was fourth when Soliloquy won over seven furlongs at Newmarket last month, came through from the outside to pass Fillies' Mile heroine Laurens.

"She had a lot to find with a lot of them but she was settled throughout and then found a turn of foot," Levey said.

"I kicked on fully two furlongs out, which I thought might be a bit early, but I didn't want to disappoint her.

"I've had plenty of winners and opportunities but I've always needed that Group One, so I'm delighted."


BBC horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght

With her long odds, there will be an inclination to look for a fluky aspect to Billesdon Brook's success but if, say, Happily had won in exactly the same manner, there'd be no such chat.

She won with a degree with authority and in a decent time - it didn't look like a fluke.

The importance of the win for a black jockey will be much discussed as will the fact that the owners - 23 friends calling themselves the Pall Mall Partners - are not the usual suspects; you don't necessarily have to be an Irish multi-millionaire or sheikh to win big in flat racing.

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