188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 17th June 2017

188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog – 17th June 2017

I had loads of really nice messages after riding a four-timer at Yarmouth earlier in the week. Your luck can change pretty quickly in this game so I will just be hoping that I can keep going and obviously ride more winners.

I’m heading to York for five rides on Saturday and then nip off to Lingfield for a couple of rides at the end of their evening card. Obviously, there is a lot of focus on Royal Ascot which gets underway next Tuesday. I’ll be back with a blog every day of the meeting giving you my thoughts on every one of my rides.

Anyway, focussing on this weekend first and it’s a good card at York on Saturday…

Above The Rest – York 14:20

I don’t know the horse too well as I have never ridden him before, but I think the biggest problem is that the handicapper knows him extremely well!

He was only beaten a neck at this track last summer in a similar race, but has gone up in the weights a fair bit since so this won’t be easy. He again ran well at Chester last time behind Fastnet Tempest so definitely comes here in good form.

Whether he is well-handicapped enough to win a race as competitive as this remains to be seen, but he has a chance.

Danielsflyer – York 15:30

Once again I’m riding another one for David Barron and Danielsflyer looks one of my best chances of the day. I won on him at Newmarket at the Guineas Festival and he is entitled to have come on a fair bit for that.

He has gone up 8lbs for that victory, but he won in good style and I’m pretty hopeful he can go close again here.

I suppose the most obvious danger is Roger Varian’s Ekhtiyaar who I won on at Newmarket last time. He may still be ahead of the handicapper and will be difficult to beat, but Danielsflyer will test him.

Zodiakos – York 16:05

I’ve never ridden Zodiakos who I ride in the next for Roger Fell. Looking at his form he was a little disappointing when with Hugo Palmer but looks to slowly be getting his act together with his new trainer.

He has now slipped to a very workable mark of just 77 and the application of first time cheekpieces may also bring about some improvement. He obviously has some ability and hopefully he can put everything together for me.

Knockout Blow – York 16:40

A nice ride here for Mark Johnston in the maiden and Knockout Blow stepped up from his York debut to run well and finish second at Chester last time.

The step up to six furlongs seemed to help him and this looks the ideal opportunity for him. Obviously, some big yards introduce some nice-looking types, so you never know what you are up against. We bring experience to the table though which is a big advantage.

Money Team – York 17:15 

My final ride at York is again for David Barron and I’ll be hoping that Money Team can bounce back to form in what looks a wide-open race.

He did win at Thirsk last September, but has lost his way a little since then. He didn’t run too badly on his penultimate start at Newcastle and I suppose he has now fallen to a mark bellow his last winning one.

No time to relax as I then plan to fly down to Lingfield to ride in the last couple of races…

Margherita – Lingfield 20:20

Margherita has finished third on all three career starts for Roger Varian but wasn’t beaten far when last seen at Kempton over seven furlongs last month.

She was only beaten ½ length that day and I’m hoping she will step up again here. This looks a really nice opportunity for her and she should take a lot of beating.

Tundra – Lingfield 20:50 

My final ride on a busy day is again for Roger Varian. Tundra faces just four other rivals in her maiden and again must have a really good chance.

She finished fourth and second in her two runs over this trip at Kempton at the back end of last season. If she can step up again, she should go very close with Luca Cumani’s Buxted Dream looking the obvious danger on paper.