Billesdon Brook to build back through Group ranks

Change of scenery works for 2018 Guineas winner

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Richard Hannon intends to work his way through the ranks with last year’s 1000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook before pitching her back into Group One company.

The daughter of Champs-Elysees gained a first victory since her Classic success when making the most of a drop down in grade in a Listed contest at Chelmsford on Thursday.

Although the Marlborough trainer has mentioned the Prix Rothschild at Deauville next month as a possible target, he is keen to take smaller steps first with the four-year-old filly.

Hannon said: “She deserved it, because it has been a long time between her Guineas win and now.

“We moved her from one yard to the other, and that seems to have done the thing. It was a lovely race for her, and she had won her maiden on the all-weather.

“She won it well, I thought, and she travelled great. It will do her confidence the world of good. I think seven (furlongs) suits her – and a mile, she obviously gets.

“I think we will look at a Group Three or Group Two next, and there are races at Goodwood and York for her. There is the Rothschild in Deauville, but I think we will take it steady.”

Stablemate Threat could bid to gain compensation for his near-miss in the Coventry Stakes in next month’s Group Two Tattersalls July Stakes at Newmarket

Hannon said: “We will look at the July Stakes. There are lots of other races. He is obviously a very good horse.

“He didn’t hit the gate great in the Coventry. He is a very good horse and has proved that.

“Hopefully he will win a Group Two in something like the July Stakes, on the way to a Group One.”

Billesdon Brook to build back through Group ranks
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