188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog | Big Chances At Nottingham | 12th May 2017

188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog – 12th May 2017


There is some quality action at Ascot, Lingfield and Haydock on Saturday and some of you may therefore find it strange that I have opted to go to Nottingham instead.

Of course, I had the opportunity to ride one or two at each of those venues, but I got into this game to ride winners and will go to the places where I have the best chances.

There is no point riding two or three outsiders at Ascot and sitting in the weighing room for the other races when there are six good rides available at Nottingham.

Here are my thoughts on those six booked rides…

Merlin – Nottingham 14:05

I’m really excited about riding Merlin in the opener, particularly because this is the first time I have ever ridden for Her Majesty the Queen.  It’s a real honour to put on those famous silks and it would mean so much to ride a winner for her.

Michael Bell has his horses in great form and the way Merlin travelled at Redcar on his seasonal reappearance over a mile last month suggests he is well worth a go at six furlongs.

Quatrieme Ami – Nottingham 14:40

Considering he rattled off a hat-trick in the early stages of his career, he has lost his way a little. He has been gelded and definitely ran a bit better at Lingfield last time than he has for a while. This does look a really competitive race, though, and he will have to step up again to take a hand here.

Masterson – Nottingham 15:15

Talking of hat-tricks, I managed to land one aboard this one at Wolverhampton (admittedly it was a dead-heat) just over a week ago.  That success followed two nice wins at Chelmsford last month.

He’s been really busy switching between hurdles and the flat, but it seems to be working, as he keeps winning on the level surface. He is up another 3lbs here but is in such good form you certainly couldn’t rule him out going in again.

Tropical Rock – Nottingham 15:50

The big race of the day at Nottingham is the six-furlong Listed race for fillies where I ride Tropical Rock for Ralph Beckett. She is having her first start of the season but sneaks in here off a light weight as she is a three-year-old in against her elders.

She rounded off last season with two nice wins at Windsor and Yarmouth and hopefully can continue to build on that promise. Ralph has his team in good form, as he showed at Chester, and I’m hopeful she can go well, although Glitter Girl looks the one to beat.

Tomahawk Kid – Nottingham 16:25

Ian Williams is another trainer who has had his horses in great form for a while and I’m looking forward to riding Tomahawk Kid now that he has had a run. He won twice last season, including once here at Nottingham, and this longer trip should also be in his favour. He’s definitely got a chance here.

Whiteley – Nottingham 17:00

My final ride of the day is another one for Mick Channon. Whiteley ran okay at Windsor on her first start of the campaign and managed to win at Lingfield last summer. She has slipped down to a mark of just 62 so hopefully can get involved with her light weight. It does look a very competitive race, though.

That’s it for me this weekend, I’m not riding on Saturday night and I’m having a day off on Sunday at home with the family. Don’t worry, though, I’ll be back in action and hopefully amongst the winners on Monday.