A Review Of Sunday’s 1000 Guineas At Newmarket: Billesdon Brook Produces One Of The Biggest Shocks In 1000 Guineas History
May 08, 2018
Prior to this year’s renewal the biggest priced winner of Newmarket’s 1000 Guineas had been the 17th Earl of Derby’s Ferry, who was returned at an SP of 50-1 when beating her seven rivals exactly a hundred years ago in 1918. The record held by the George Lambton-trained filly came to an end at headquarters on Sunday afternoon when Billesdon Brook took the first fillies’ Classic of the season at 66-1 for trainer Richard Hannon and jockey Sean Levey.
Best UK Free Bets
- Paddy Power claim T&Cs Apply
- Bet365 claim T&Cs Apply
- Coral claim T&Cs Apply
- Betfair claim T&Cs Apply
- 10Bet claim T&Cs Apply
- 888sport claim T&Cs Apply
- Ladbrokes claim T&Cs Apply
- Genting bet claim T&Cs Apply
- Boylesports claim T&Cs Apply
- Sun Bets claim T&Cs Apply
- Betbright claim T&Cs Apply
- William Hill claim T&Cs Apply
Going into the race on a mark of 99, a full stone below that of 11-4 favourite Happily, there was no fluke about the victory of the daughter of Champs Elysees who improved significantly from her Nell Gwyn fourth to take up the running from long-time leader Laurens approaching the final furlong, coming a length and three quarters clear of P J McDonald’s mount with Ryan Moore and Happily a never-nearer half length further back in third spot. The next three horses home were the well-fancied trio of Wild Illusion, Altyn Orda and Soliloquy, giving the form a more than solid look.
Almost certainly with an element of tongue in cheek in the aftermath of the race, the winning trainer said: “ This is great. I knew she’d win. My Guineas winners aren’t terribly popular with the punters as they tend to be big prices. All of our Guineas winners have needed their first run – they tend to get beat in their trials. I’m just delighted for everybody at the yard and delighted for Sean.”
"Everyone was saying you could do with a bit of luck. I said you could do with finding seventeen pounds!"— ITV Racing (@itvracing) May 6, 2018
– Sean Levey after winning the 1000 Guineas on Billesdon Brook pic.twitter.com/NycAAT1KA5
With a view to the rest of the season, the third horse Happily got caught flat-footed when the pace quickened and appeared to be crying out for a longer trip. Whether that is to be a mile and a quarter or a mile and a half is unclear but should the daughter of Galileo and You’resothrilling stay the Oaks trip the 6-1 currently available with Betfair Sportsbook and Paddy Power for that race could prove more than generous.
Horse Racing Tips
Preview Of Saturday’s Great St Wilfrid Handicap: Al Qahwa To Provide O’meara With Another Great St Wilfrid Victory
- 14th August 2018
Successful on three occasions during the last ten years Al Qawha can provide trainer David O’Meara...
An Ante-post Tip For York’s Ebor Handicap: Nakeeta Too Big At 20-1 To Win Back-to-back Ebor’s
- 5th August 2018
Successful in the Sky Bet Ebor 12 months ago the seven-year-old Nakeeta looks good value at 20-1 to ...
Preview For Goodwood’s Stewards’ Cup: Loaded Can Spring To Life In Stewards’ Cup On Saturday
- 1st August 2018
Spring Loaded can defy a career-high mark on Saturday by winning Goodwood’s valuable Stewards’ C...