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Jockey Sean Levey talks Classic win, ambitions and more

FIRST PAST THE POST: The African jockey wins the QIPCO 1000 Guineas

RODNEY HINDS: Was winning Classics part of the early childhood dream?
Sean Levey: Of course! When you start off you have dreams of winning the big races. As time goes on you realise that it’s a bit more of a job. You put your dreams against reality and you’re happy to win any Group 1 race. But it’s always been a dream to win a Classic.

What’s been the reaction to the Classic win?
There’s has been more attention. I’m fine with it. It’s never been a problem. I’ve had plenty of messages from back home from family and friends. Everyone’s just very happy for me.

Do you anticipate the Classic success to propel your even further forward?
That happens automatically. Obviously more people are aware of me which opens doors for more opportunities.

ATTENTION: Levey wants to land other Group 1 races

You won the 1,000 Guineas on a big outsider what were your thoughts prior to the big race?
We thought she deserved the chance to race. My view was that she might finish in the top four

What are your Derby day ambitions?
I’m not riding in it at the moment. If anything comes up it will be a spare ride.

Your father is a former jockey, what tribute could you pay to him for your career to date?
He gave me an opportunity to be in the game in the first place; not many get the chance, even though things have changed in recent times. When I started, the biggest reason was my father.

And what does the future hold for Sean Levey?
The hope is to win more races, not necessarily Classics but more Group 1 races. Fingers crossed I can have more success.

The Investec Derby on Saturday, June 2 is part the QIPCO British Champions Series.

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