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Syndicate underdogs taste Classic success

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In The Paddock Staff

Posted on May 16, 2018

Success never comes easy in horse racing, no matter how it might look when they make the film.

But winning races seems to have always come relatively easy for the group of owners that make up the Pall Mall Partners. Since 2013, they have yet to own or lease a horse that hasn’t won at least once.

As if that wasn’t enough, things then got even better for the 23 members of the partnership at Newmarket earlier this month when they experienced the shared joy of a success that was simply the stuff of dreams as Billesdon Brook became the longest‐priced winner in the history of the QIPCO 1000 Guineas when scoring at 66‐1 under Sean Levey.

The victory was a testimony to the work of former amateur jockey McCreery, who bred Classic winners Even Top and Old Vic among many other good horses at his Stowell Hill Stud in Somerset and helped form Pall Mall as an opportunity to race some of the horses who hadn’t met their reserves at the sales.

McCreery liked to support the stallions he felt were most suitable for his mares, rather than those currently most in the height of fashion, and in that respect Billesdon Brook is a good example, being by Champs Elysees, a stallion yet to sparkle commercially, but one who is clearly able to put both talent and robustness into his stock, Billesdon Brook having run eight times as a two‐year‐old.

Despite McCreery’s sad death in late 2016, it has been business as usual at Stowell Hill with his wife Jeanette continuing the good work, and she was among those celebrating the Classic success with the other Pall Mall Partners at Newmarket – indeed, she also had Anna Nerium finish seventh in her own colours in the same race.

Also among the winning throng at Newmarket was Sandy Kilpatrick, a longstanding friend and supporter of the McCreerys, who said: “It is a great shame that Bob didn’t live to see the fruits of his hard work prosper, but the last couple of years have been a tremendous thrill.

“When this filly won at Kempton, she was giving Ryan Moore his 2,000th career winner, and to be part of that story was exciting enough – to go and win a Classic is hard to believe.

“Both Richard Hannon snr and jnr have done a brilliant job with our runners, as has all of the team at Herridge, and it’s been a fantastic experience to be part of such a friendly bunch of owners.”

Billesdon Brook’s trainer Richard Hannon paid his own tribute to the successful owners and said: “They really deserved a big day for all of the enthusiasm they have shown – they’re often up at the yard to watch their horses working and they support their runners, win or lose.

“A lot of the people involved have been connected to other horses in the yard, one way or another, and plenty of them have been in the game for a long time, looking for the next nice horse – they have certainly found one in Billesdon Brook.”

As for Billesdon Brook herself, the plan is now likely to be Royal Ascot’s Coronation Stakes. Top hat and tails will be required, but with over £350,000 in prize money already in the bank, the cost has been more than covered.

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