Levey keen to take his Trophy chance on Tony Curtis

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SEAN LEVEY has the chance to emerge from the shadows of Richard Hughes when he partners Tony Curtis in today’s Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

The South African-born rider, who spent his formative years with Aidan O’Brien before a brief stint with David O’Meara in North Yorkshire, is one of the beneficiaries of the decision of Hughes, the three-times champion jockey, to hang up his riding boots and concentrate on his fledgling training career.

Levey is one of a clutch of jockeys at the yard of trainer Richard Hannon to be given more opportunities, and he is hopeful that Tony Curtis – owned by Chelsea Thoroughbreds – can confirm his 2016 Classic credentials on Town Moor today.

“It is even more thrilling because I am on a horse with some sort of chance,” Levey told The Yorkshire Post. “He’s a solid horse who has got stronger as the year has got longer.

“He has a bit of speed, which a lot of ours do, but he is relentless and gets a mile really well. It’s all about taking your opportunities. My time at David O’Meara’s was good but short. I made most of my contacts while based in the North, but the chance to join Mr Hannon was too good to turn down.”

Tony Curtis has won two of his three starts and James Ramsden of owners Chelsea Thoroughbreds said: “He’s looked like he wants further and we think he will do next year, probably 10 furlongs, but we trust Richard Hannon to make the right decision regarding that.

“We were going to put him away for the season after Salisbury, but this race can cut up and he doesn’t have much to find on the official ratings.”