Dick Turpin filly Billesdon Bess defied a betting drift to win on debut in England on Monday.
She tracked the pace and then pulled clear for a convincing victory over 1400m at Salisbury. The margins blew out to more than four lengths to minor placegetters Peloton (Mount Nelson) and Narjes (Sepoy).
Billesdon Bess is trained by Richard Hannon for Pall Mall Partners and the filly gave champion apprentice Tom Marquand his first win as a fully-fledged jockey.
Hannon’s father Richard snr prepared Dick Turpin to multiple Group 1 victories before starting his shuttle career between the English National Stud and Mungrup Stud.
Billesdon Bess (2f Dick Turpin – Coplow by Manduro) was easy in the market at $26 before facing the starter for the first time. “She won in fine style,” Hannon said while Marquand also gave the filly his tick of approval. “I couldn’t have wished to get off to a better start as a professional.”
Her dam Coplow is a half-sister to Middle Club (G3 Prix d’Aumale) and ill-fated colt Piping Rock (G3 Horris Hill Stakes).
Mungrup Stud stands Dick Turpin (Ire) for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee.