188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog | Bath & Dubai Rides | 30th-31st March 2018
Silvestre de Sousa – 188BET Blog – Easter weekend – Friday 30th and Saturday 31st March 2018
It’s going to be a busy Easter weekend for me as I’m at Bath on Good Friday before flying out to Dubai in the evening to ride at Meydan on Saturday. I’ve picked up four rides on World Cup night and with such good prize money on offer, it’s a no-brainer to make the trip – particularly with another mouth to feed at home!
First off at Bath on Friday where I have five rides…
Deep Intrigue – 2.20pm Bath
My first ride of the day is a two-year-old for Mark Johnston called Deep Intrigue. I have sat on him at home and he is nice and straightforward. One thing for certain is that he will know his job. Being a son of Dark Angel, he should be okay on the ground too which is another big positive, although he does have a lovely action. I’m looking forward to sitting on him in a race.
Baileys Excelerate – 2.55pm Bath
I ride Baileys Excelerate, another for Mark Johnston, in the next and he is yet to finish out of the frame in four starts. This is a valuable prize and the step up in trip looks just what he has been crying out for. Another ride I am really looking forward to, although this is his first start for some time.
Joegogo – 3.30pm Bath
Only the seven runners in the sprint where I am on Joegogo for David Evans. On paper he looks up against it against some useful sprinters, but he will be race fit from the all-weather unlike his opponents. In fact, this will be his sixth start of the calendar year when all of the rest haven’t run for 100+ days. I’m hoping we can make fitness count.
Jack Bear – 4.35pm Bath
Roger Teal won a really nice prize at Doncaster last Saturday and I ride Jack Bear for him in the staying handicap. Like Joegogo, he has had a busy time on the all-weather this winter and I’m hoping he can go well too. The slight drop back in trip may just help him. The ground should be no bother for him either, as I remember winning a race at Nottingham on him a couple of years ago on the soft.
September Issue – 5.05pm Bath
My final ride of the day is aboard September Issue for Gay Kelleway in the last. He won at the track on his last visit here and is only 4lbs higher now. He has had a couple of races on the all-weather this winter too and fitness will be a big help on this ground.
I’ll then be rushing off down to Heathrow for my flight to Dubai on Friday night ahead of four nice rides at Meydan on Saturday…
Janszoon – 1.50pm Meydan (Dubai Gold Cup)
On paper Janszoon, my mount in the Dubai Gold Cup, has a mountain to climb against the big guns like Vazirabad and Rare Rhythm. He deserves a crack at a prize like this after landing a couple of nice 10 furlong handicaps at the track earlier in the year and ran well in Group company last time. That said, he is definitely up against it here. Not only is he massively stepping up in class, this two mile trip also represents around a half mile increase in distance to what he has been used too. If he stays, I’m sure he won’t be disgraced as he has a fair turn of foot. However, I’d be pleasantly surprised if we could trouble the big guns.
Wild Dude – 3.40pm Meydan (Golden Shaheen)
I have ridden Wild Dude on three of his last four starts, so know him pretty well as he has another crack at the Golden Shaheen. He found they went a bit quick for him last year and he was beaten a long way when 13th behind Mind Your Biscuits who is in opposition again. The likely scenario is that he will again find the American raiders a bit too hot to handle, but you can’t win the lottery unless you buy a ticket!
Championship – 4.35pm Meydan (Dubai Turf)
My best chance of troubling the judge all evening may well be in the Dubai Turf where I ride the former Richard Hannon-trained Championship. He goes well at the track and had a couple of prep runs last month to put him spot on for this. He ran on well over a mile last time behind Janoobi and the step up in trip can only help him too. It does look a really competitive race, though, but I’m hoping he can go well and potentially hit the frame.
Khalidi – 5.10pm Meydan (Dubai Sheema Classic)
My final ride of the night is aboard Khalidi for Clive Cox in the Sheema Classic. He showed good form as a three-year-old when trained by John Gosden and was only just touched off at Royal Ascot. He made a pleasing start for his new yard at Lingfield last month and wasn’t beaten that far considering things didn’t go his way. That will hopefully put him spot on for this, although he will need to step up again. Cloth Of Stars looks the obvious one to beat and I’ve also got plenty of respect for Japanese raider Rey De Oro.
5.50pm Meydan (Dubai World Cup)
No ride for me in the big race of the night where American raider West Coast still looks the one to beat despite a moderate draw. If he can bring the form that saw him finish second to Gun Runner back in January to Dubai, he will take some beating. Fellow American Gunnevera looks the type to go well too providing he doesn’t get too far back.