188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 1st July 2017
Silvestre De Sousa Blog – 1st July 2017
It’s been another really busy week after flying off to France to ride Last Kingdom for Andre Fabre in the Prix Daphis.
The trip was worthwhile as the son of Frankel made it a perfect 3-3 so far this season and that was his first Group race win. He keeps improving and doing everything we ask of him and another step up in class will now follow.
It was a really good performance as he beat Spotify, who had previously finished fourth in the French 2000 Guineas. He’s an exciting horse to be associated with and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to ride him.
Looking ahead to this Saturday’s action and hats off to my agent who has booked me 10 rides. That means I’m involved in all seven races at Newmarket and then the last three at Lingfield later on. Whether I fly from Newmarket to Lingfield (or not), I will leave that to her (Shelley) as she will work out the timings. My job is to carry on riding winners…
First up I’m at Newmarket…
Mount Logan – Newmarket 14:05
Only a small field of seven for the Fred Archer Stakes where I ride Mount Logan for the first time for Roger Varian. He was beaten on his reappearance at Goodwood last month when third to First Sitting, but is entitled to come on for that.
He’s got some decent form in the book and the rain earlier on in the week shouldn’t bother him too much as he’s won when there has been cut in the ground in the past. I’m looking forward to riding him and he must have a decent chance. Midtem and Second Step obviously look big dangers on paper.
Silca Mistress – Newmarket 14:40
A really competitive renewal of the Empress Stakes with eight of the 14 fillies lining up here on the back of a win last time.
I ride Silca Mistress for Mick Channon who was a recent winner at Thirsk. She is slowly getting her act together, but she will need to step up again if she is to trouble the likes of Dance Diva, Tajaanus and Elizabeth Bennet. It looks a wide-open race.
Ibn Malik – Newmarket 15:15
Every drop of rain that fell at Newmarket earlier in the week would have been music to David Simcock’s ears as he saddles last year’s soft-ground loving Breton Rock. He must have a chance without the penalty that held him back at Haydock last time.
I partner Ibn Malik on his first start of the season for Charlie Hills. He has some decent form in the book, having finished fourth to Ribchester in last season’s Jersey Stakes. The stable can ready one first time and he looks sure to go well with any more rain no problem.
Jack Regan – Newmarket 15:50
Surprisingly, only the seven runners in the novice stakes where I ride another one for Charlie Hills in the shape of newcomer Jack Regan.
Only Ed Dunlop’s Tadleel has seen a racecourse before, so the betting market should prove your best guide as to what is expected. Jack Regan wears a tongue tie and being a son of Rock Of Gibraltar is nicely bred. Hugo Palmer’s Dukhan looks the one to beat on paper.
Nathania – Newmarket 16:20
Again, another small field with only six in the fillies’ handicap where I partner Nathania for in-form Richard Hughes. I’ve never ridden her before, but she won nicely at Bath and was a good second at Goodwood last time.
She’s up another 4lbs for those efforts, but with her stable going so well there are definite grounds for being optimistic. Ralph Beckett’s Melodic Motion looks the one to beat, though, as she chases a hat-trick.
Road To Dubai – Newmarket 16:55
I’ve been beaten both times I’ve ridden Road To Dubai, so I’ll be hoping to make it third time lucky here. We were only beaten a neck at Goodwood last time and I’m hoping he can still be competitive off a 3lb higher mark. He has finished in the frame in his last four starts and is ultra-consistent.
Shenanigans – Newmarket 17:30
My final ride at Newmarket is Shenanigans for Roger Varian who has been a little disappointing so far this year.
She wasn’t beaten far on bad ground at Doncaster when third on her reappearance, but didn’t step up from that when down the field at Kempton a few weeks ago. She remains on the same mark, but is better than she showed last time.
Then it’s a mad rush to get to Lingfield for the last three races…
Gulland Rock – Lingfield 19:40
My first ride of the evening is Gulland Rock who had his 50th race under rules a few weeks ago. It doesn’t look the best of races and he has slipped down to a mark of 66, even though his AW mark is higher. If he can convert his artificial surface form to the turf, he should be competitive.
Bassmah – Lingfield 20:10
Another top weight. Bassmah has finished second on both starts this season and remains a maiden after five starts. She wasn’t beaten far at Salisbury last time and even off a 2lb higher mark looks one of my best chances of the day.
Vale Of Flight – Lingfield 20:40
My final ride on a really busy Saturday is Vale Of Flight who also finished a decent second last time. She hasn’t won in seven starts since switching to Luke McJannet, but is another whose turn doesn’t look far away.