188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 1000 Guineas Views | 7th May 2017
188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog – 6th May 2017
I’ve no ride in the 1000 Guineas but I’ve got three nice chances on the card and here are my thoughts on those and the big race itself…
1000 Guineas – 15:35 Newmarket
There are a lot of similarities between this year’s 1000 and 2000 Guineas as both races have a hot Aidan O’Brien-trained favourite who stands out on two-year-old form.
There is no doubt that Rhododendron is a very smart filly, I just wonder whether she will be seen at her best over a mile. She looks like more of an Oaks filly to me and for that reason she may just be vulnerable here.
I genuinely think that the 1000 Guineas is more wide open than the 2000 Guineas and you can make a case out for quite a few of them. Fair Eva looked a potential star last summer and is a real threat if she returns back to that form. As for the rest, I was impressed with Daban here in her trial and with the John Gosden team in such good form, she could be the one.
The rest of my Newmarket rides on Sunday…
Big Country – 13:50 Newmarket
I start the day with my best chance aboard the improving Big Country for Mick Appleby. He won nicely for me at Kempton last month and it’s just a question of whether he can convert his all-weather form to the grass. I sat on him a few weeks ago at Mick’s and he felt fresh and well, so I’m hopeful he can run really well.
Hakam – 14:55 Newmarket
Hakam was part of the double I rode for connections at Kempton last month (Big Country was the other winner), but he has been out since and was well beaten at Lingfield.
He is better than he showed that day as nothing went to plan from the moment he was awkward out the gates. This looks a really competitive race though and it will be a big ask to return to winning ways here.
Dubai Horizon – 17:20 Newmarket
A typically competitive looking Newmarket handicap where I ride Dubai Horizon for Saeed bin Suroor. He finished second on both his starts as a two-year-old, but the combination of being gelded and a step up in trip seemed to help as he won on his reappearance at Lingfield last month. He is one of four Godolphin-owned runners in the race and is entitled to go well off a fair racing weight.