188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog | Eight Exciting Saturday Rides | 20th May 2017

188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog – 20th May 2017

It’s been a busy week, but most importantly I’ve been riding winners so hopefully that will continue. The plan for Saturday is to ride work in the morning, head to Newmarket for five rides and then fly up to Doncaster for three more in the evening – whatever happens I will sleep well on Saturday night!

Here are my thoughts on my five rides at Newmarket…

Leshlaa – Newmarket 14:05

Only the eight runners in the Fairway Stakes, but it looks a good quality race with plenty of exciting types.

I ride Leshlaa for Saeed bin Suroor who won nicely in the first time hood at Newmarket a few weeks ago. I finished second to him that day aboard stablemate Dubai Horizon and he just wore us down late on so stamina is his forte.

The 10 furlongs will suit again for sure, but the conditions won’t be as quick as last time. He must have a decent chance although William Haggas’ colt Call To Mind looked good at Newbury last time and will relish the extra couple of furlongs too.

Solomon’s Bay – Newmarket 14:40

Another small field for the King Charles II Stakes where Richard Hannon’s Larchmont Lad looks the one we all have to beat.

He ran okay in both the Craven and the 2000 Guineas and will appreciate the ease in grade. That said, it won’t be plain sailing for him with the likes of Beat The Bank and Desert Frost in the field – both are improving fast.

I ride Solomon’s Bay for Roger Varian who will have come on for his reappearance run at Newbury. He’ll have to improve a fair bit to get involved here, though, as this looks a hot race.

Ekhtiyaar – Newmarket 15:15

I ride another for Roger Varian in the Sprint Trophy and Ekhtiyaar must have a chance off a mark of 89. I’ve never ridden him before but he looked pretty speedy at Doncaster behind Rich And Famous last time. He’s 4lbs higher now but will also improve for the run so hopefully he can be competitive

Sultanaa – Newmarket 15:50

There isn’t much to go with in the way of form in the fillies’ novice stakes where I’m on debutant Sultanaa for Ismail Mohammed. I sat on her the other day and she feels like a nice filly, although she is bound to improve a lot for the run. You never know what you are going to bump into in races like these.

Robanne – Newmarket 16:25

My final ride at Newmarket is top weight Robanne in the seven-furlong handicap for William Knight. She was well beaten behind Mix And Mingle at Lingfield last weekend so reappears pretty quickly after those exertions.

She is much better than that, as she showed at Kempton last month and when fourth in a Listed race in France last season. That said, she has a fair bit of weight here and will be doing well to beat some better handicapped horse lurking below.

A few of us jockeys will then sprint to the aeroplane and jet up to Doncaster where I’ve three more rides…

High Acclaim – Doncaster 19:20

I was thrilled with the way that High Acclaim ran in a really competitive handicap last time at Newmarket.

He was third to Ronald R and Son Of The Stars which may read pretty well in time. The step up to a mile seemed to suit and he has handled cut in the ground in the past.

He wears cheekpieces for the first time on Saturday which should also help him too. This looks tough, though, with the likes of City Of Joy and Colibri to name just two – another hot race!

Shenanigans – Doncaster 20:20

If Shenanigans can transfer her all-weather form over to the turf she should go very close here – this is her first start on grass.

She won her maiden in really good style at Newcastle back in November and looks an exciting prospect. Keith Dalgleish has his team in good order and his What’s The Story looks the one to beat.

Appleberry – Doncaster 20:50

My final ride on a busy Saturday is Appleberry for Mick Appleby. She has had a couple of starts already this campaign but is still 3lbs higher than her last winning mark.

That said, I did win on her a couple of years ago off a 6lb higher mark. She handles cut in the ground and hopefully can go well in a wide open looking contest.