Levey backs Brook to shine at Santa Anita

Hannon runner goes for Filly & Mare Turf prize.

  • Wednesday 23 October
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By Jon Lees

Jockey of the moment Sean Levey will make his Breeders’ Cup debut as he is set to continue a thriving association with Classic winner Billesdon Brook in the Breeders’ Cup Filly & Mare Turf.

Levey clinched the second of two autumn Group One prizes when guiding King Of Change to victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Ascot last Saturday and rode a treble at Newcastle on Tuesday.

Earlier in the month he steered the Richard Hannon-trained Billesdon Brook to her first Group One success since capturing the 1000 Guineas in 2018. She will try 10 furlongs for only the second time at Santa Anita a week on Saturday.

“I am having a lot of luck lately,” said Levey. “The horses are running good. I’m glad I have been on the receiving end of it.

“It won’t be my first trip to the Breeders’ Cup having brought horses over there when I was with Aidan O’Brien, but it will be my first riding in one. I will be glad to add that to my CV.

“I am delighted to be going with Billesdon Brook. It took her a while to step back up into Group One company. I wasn’t surprised with her Sun Chariot win as she had beaten some of them before. All she had to do was shake a leg and she obliged.

“I think she will stay a mile and a quarter. It’s a flat surface so if she has any chance of doing it, it will definitely be there. Her biggest thing of late is that she is settling really well in her races.”

Former champion apprentice David Egan will also ride at the Breeders’ Cup for the first time, but will be riding on the dirt as he partners the Jane Chapple-Hyam trained Ambassadorial, who is set to get into the Big Ass Fans Breeders’ Cup Dirt Mile.

Ambassadorial has dirt experience having finished third in the Korea Cup in Seoul under Egan in September.

Egan said: “It’s a great chance for myself. He will probably be one of the outsiders, but he does well when he travels. He ran in the Korea Cup so we know he goes on the dirt and we are hoping for a good run.

“We found when he went out to Korea and he was training there, he was nearly better than he is at home. I hope he does the same when he goes across the water.”

Levey backs Brook to shine at Santa Anita
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