188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog | Royal Ascot Day 5 | 24th June 2017
Silvestre De Sousa Blog | Royal Ascot Day 5 | 24th June 2017
I’ve got four rides to look forward to on the final day of what has been a busy week.
I arrived at the track from Newmarket on Friday by helicopter which only took 35 minutes – it’s definitely the way to travel. In fact, I prefer a helicopter ride over an aeroplane any day!
I’m riding at Lingfield after racing, but sadly will travel there by car rather than by ‘chopper’, so it’s the M25 for me. I’ve got a couple of decent chances for Roger Varian there so hopefully the trip will be worthwhile.
Anyway, here are my thoughts on the final day’s action…
2.30pm Chesham Stakes
No ride for me in the opener and if rumours are to be believed that’s probably a good thing as Aidan O’Brien’s September should be very hard to beat. She won really well on her debut and is obviously a high-class filly.
Having said that she may have to be to beat the Godolphin colt Masar who looked smart on his debut. It should be an intriguing match-up with both drawn over on the far side.
Tumbaga – 3.05pm Wolferton Handicap
I kick-off aboard Tumbaga for Saeed bin Suroor in the fiercely competitive Wolferton Handicap. On paper he looks to have it all to do as he’s been out of form recently.
If he returns to the form he was in when he won two races on the all-weather back in 2015, he’d have a squeak. That’s a big ask though and Sir Michael Stoute’s Khairaat is the one to beat.
He looked a classy prospect at Chester and seems to be improving fast.
3.40pm Hardwicke Stakes
I don’t have a ride in this race, but it would be lovely if the Queen can win it two years in a row with Dartmouth. He got the job done well in the Yorkshire Cup last time and he has the best form in the race.
I suppose the only slight worry is the quick ground, but he’s won on good-to-firm in the past.
If you’re looking for one at a bigger price, Prize Money had very strong form in Dubai. If you ignore his run in the Coronation Cup last time, he could run well.
Windfast – 4.20pm Diamond Jubilee Stakes
This is the big race of the day and I’m on Windfast for Brian Meehan. He ran well behind Brando at Newmarket on his reappearance, but this is a big step up in class.
Limato is the one we all have to beat. Everything looks right for him – the trip, ground and he’s got last year’s winning jockey Ryan Moore on board.
I wouldn’t worry too much about his high draw. It’s about where the pace is in the race and Limato is a very fast horse. The Tin Man is another danger for James Fanshawe.
Poyle Vinnie – 5.00pm Wokingham Stakes
It’s another big field, competitive handicap and you always need a lot of luck in the Wokingham.
I ride Poyle Vinnie for Mick Appleby. He looks to have plenty on his plate, but you can never say never in a race like this. He’d probably prefer a bit more cut in the ground in an ideal world but the ground is what it is.
Outback Traveller was an impressive winner of this race last year and he doesn’t have to carry much more weight so I’m sure he can run well again.
Winning Story – 5.35pm Queen Alexandra Stakes
I’m saving my best ride of the day for the last where I’m on Winning Story for Saeed bin Suroor. This is the longest race of the week and I think my horse has a decent chance if he can stay the marathon trip.
I won the two mile All-Weather Marathon on him in April and he ran well for a long way in a Group 3 at Chester last time.
Thomas Hobson won the Ascot Stakes earlier in the week and he is going for the double in this. If he has got over those exertions, he will be tough to beat as he won very easily on Tuesday.