Irish Guineas and Royal Ascot possible options for Billesdon Brook

Richard Hannon mulling top-level targets for his shock 1000 Guineas winner

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Richard Hannon is considering the Irish 1,000 Guineas and Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot as possible options for Classic victor Billesdon Brook.

The daughter of Champs Elysees sprang a 66-1 shock as she improved markedly for her seasonal reappearance when fourth in the Nell Gwyn Stakes to lift the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket.

“The French Guineas was another option, but there is only one English Guineas,” Hannon told his website, www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.

“She was very impressive in the last furlong as she really appreciated that trip.

“I was thinking that back in the days of Night Of Thunder and Sky Lantern, they both got beat in their respective trials and managed to bag a Classic.

“We will need to come up with a plan now, obviously Ireland and Ascot are very high on the list.”

Winning rider Sean Levey was still on a high 24 hours after his big-race victory.

He said: “I suppose I had to pinch myself this morning that it had happened.

“It went to plan. I was always very confident she would be in the first four and then she surprised me the rest of the way.

“You never dream of a 66-1 winner in the 1000 Guineas, but she did it well and decisively, and hopefully she can progress.

“If she progresses she will be a great horse to ride throughout the season.”

He added: “For me it’s massive. Group One horses have eluded me for this long.

“I’ve ridden in plenty of the big races, but I’ve never had a good horse that can go around and win them – hopefully she is that horse.

“It didn’t feel much different as I crossed the line to winning another race, I was just happy that when I hit the line she finished in front.”

Celebrations following the victory were kept low key for Levey.

He said: “We went for something to eat afterwards, then I flew back with Richard and went to bed early. I was riding out four lots this morning.

“I will let my hair down at some point, but we are busy at this time of year. The moment I do get a bit of time, I will do something then.”

Irish Guineas and Royal Ascot possible options for Billesdon Brook
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