Sean Levey was born in Swaziland but he was brought up in Ireland and spent eight years at Ballydoyle before moving to British shores.
“I started there part-time, when still at school, and rode there for good bit of my apprenticeship,” he said. “It was a privilege and Aidan [O’Brien] was amazing, which he is with everyone there. The experience I got was second to none and I just moved here for few a more opportunities and it has worked out for me. But my time there was brilliant.”
Levey, 30, has become an integral part of the powerful Richard Hannon yard, chalking up more than 404 wins from 3,362 rides (correct early May, 2018).
Easily his biggest win came when steering Billesdon Brook to a stunning 66-1 win in the QIPCO 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in 2018.
It was no fluke, either, the filly showing a fine turn of foot to beat Group One winners Laurens, Happily and Wild Illusion.
Levey said: “It’s every man’s dream, I know we ride lots of good winners with the help of Richard Hannon, but you are always looking for that good horse.
“You always want to compete in the big races but to win one is amazing.
“She must be good, there is never a hiding place in a Guineas and she has won it decisively so she has to be good.
“I thought she would run well, I thought if everything fell right she would be in the first four.”
He also finished sixth in the 2016 Derby aboard Humphrey Bogart.
QIPCO British Champions Series Victories
BCS Career statistics
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