Billesdon Brook became the longest price winner in the 204-year history of the 1000 Guineas, claiming the famous fillies race at Newmarket on Sunday.
Starting at odds of 66-1, the Richard Hannon trained filly was a dominant one-and-three-quarter length winner, shooting through to take the lead inside the final furlong.
The victory provided jockey Sean Levey with the biggest moment of his career. The Swaziland-born hoop learned his craft at Ballydoyle in Ireland and is now a Group One winning jockey after a win which left him stunned.
“That’s a massive shock to me! I’ve come out and said she needs to find 17lbs. Where she’s found that from I don’t know,” he told reporters post-race.
“I’ve had plenty of winners and have ridden in plenty of races. I’ve always needed a Group One, the good horse, and that’s happened today,” he said.
Trainer Hannon praised Levey’s ride over the Rowley Mile, saying the filly always had the talent to land a major race.
“That was a surprise but there was nothing flukey about it, she travelled lovely,” he said.
“Today she looked great, she’s done no work really between the Nell Gwyn and here but she’s obviously a really good filly and it’s so nice for this big syndicate who’ve been in the game a long time and have worked hard for a day like this. They will enjoy it that’s for sure.”
“It’s great for Sean, he’s a great guy who works hard every day and this is a very important day for him and us. You are defined not just by how many winners you ride or train but also the good ones and the Classic winners.”
7-1 shot Laurens ran second while the 11/4 ($3.75) favourite Happily ran third under Ryan Moore for Aiden O’Brien.
Moore had made the dash from Churchill Downs on Saturday where he had ridden Mendelssohn, who finished last for O’Brien in the Kentucky Derby.