188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog | Lincoln Handicap & A Welcome Back | 23rd March 2018
188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog – 23rd March 2018
So much has happened since I last blogged on Champions Day back in October, with the most important news being that my new baby son Max arrived just under four months ago. He is doing great and I’m thrilled to tell you that he is a good boy and also very quiet! I’ve been out riding in Dubai and Saudi for most of the winter and it was lovely that Vicky, Ryan and Max could come out and be with me for a month. On the riding front, things went pretty well out there, riding over 30 winners split between each country with the pick being a nice Group One winner in Saudi.
It is lovely to be back home now and I got off the mark for the season with a nice double at Wolverhampton on Thursday. That was just what I needed and now I’m concentrating on working really hard and hopefully riding a few winners along the way. People have already been asking me about the Jockeys’ Championship and obviously I hope to be in a position where I’m competing for the title again. However, it literally hasn’t even started yet so I will just concentrate on riding winners and see where we are in two or three months.
The Flat season gets underway this Saturday with the Lincoln meeting at Doncaster, where I have two nice rides before shooting off to Wolverhampton for a couple more. Here are my thoughts…
The first turf race of the season is the Cammidge Trophy where I ride Danzeno for Mick Appleby who I have got to know from his recent spell in Meydan. The truth is he didn’t really fire in Dubai, but will line up here race fit and will be competitive if returning to the form here was in last summer. This does look a wide open race, though, with the likes of Lancelot Du Lac and Perfect Pasture the main dangers on paper.
I’m looking forward to riding Big Country, again for Mick Appleby, in the big race of the day. He’s another who lines up race fit, but the big worry with him has to be the ground as he has always been at his best on a sound surface. He ticks all the other boxes after his recent win at Wolverhampton and he appreciates galloping tracks like Doncaster. The horse I fear the most is Michael Bell’s Fire Brigade who is ridden by Ryan Moore. He’s a lovely horse who I won on at Newmarket last May and I was only just beaten on him at Ascot in September. He’s not the biggest so shouldn’t struggle for fitness and the ground will be perfect for him.
After riding those two I’ll be dashing to the car to get to Wolverhampton for two more rides…
The first of my rides at Wolverhampton is Awesome Allan in the sprint handicap. He’s been running really consistently lately without getting his head in front over a variety of trips. He drops back to the minimum distance again and I’m hoping he can go well despite another 2lbs rise in the weights. He hasn’t won in ten starts, but has been in the first four on six of those occasions, so deserves to get his head in front again.
My final ride of the night is aboard The Lacemaker who carries topweight in the six furlong handicap. She has finished fourth on both starts for Chris Dwyer since leaving Ed Dunlop and I’m hoping she can go well in first-time cheekpieces.