188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog | Saturday At Newmarket | 10th June 2017

188BET Silvestre De Sousa Blog – 10th June 2017 

It’s nice to be riding at Newmarket on Saturday as it’s a five minute drive to the racecourse for me rather than a three hour one!

I’ll ride out in the morning and then head home to spend a little time with the family before heading off to the races for a full book of eight rides…


Maksab – Newmarket 13:25

Maksab makes his debut for Mick Channon in the opener. He’s a nicely bred son of Makfi and Mick knows how to ready a good two-year-old.

There looks some interesting types in against us though in what could be a pretty hot little race. Godolphin’s Glorious Journey looks a particularly interesting recruit being a son of Dubawi out of Coronation Stakes winner Fallen For You.

Global Wealth – Newmarket 13:55

As the opening maiden has now split, I can ride Ed Dunlop’s Global Wealth on his first start. He’s nicely bred but, just like the first division, this looks a hot race on paper.

Folk Tale ran really well on his debut at Goodwood, while the debutants Encrypted and Faraasah look pretty smart on paper.

Juanito Chico – Newmarket 14:30

I’m really excited about getting back on board Juanito Chico after his thrilling last gasp win at Epsom last Friday.

He showed an electric turn of foot to mow down the leaders there having been denied a clear run at a crucial time.

The handicapper has put him up another 7lbs for that performance so things will be a bit tougher in what looks a hotter contest. Having said all that, he gave me a really nice feel and I’m hoping he can continue improving.

Gunmetal – Newmarket 15:05

Gunmetal won really nicely at the Craven meeting at Newmarket back in April and then had no luck in-running when returning to that track at the Guineas meeting.

You can put a line through that run and also his disappointing run at Newbury last time where the ground went against him. I’m hoping that the return to a sounder surface will help him and he can go well in what looks a really competitive race.

Southdown Lad – Newmarket 15:40

I’ll be hoping to keep up my 100% record aboard Southdown Lad as I won on him last September at Newbury on the only occasion I have ridden him.

He was gelded over the winter and shaped far better last time at York than he did on his reappearance at Kempton. He’s shown his best form with plenty of cut in the ground, so he wouldn’t mind a bit of rain.

Miss Patience – Newmarket 16:15

It’s nice to pick up a ride for Peter Chapple-Hyam where I ride Miss Patience in the fillies’ maiden.

She made a solid start to life in a Newmarket maiden at the backend of last season and finished fourth of eight on her reappearance at Wolverhampton back in April. She is bound to have improved for that effort, but may well need to if she is to take a hand in this.

Amlad – Newmarket 16:50

After failing to hit the frame in three starts as a two-year-old, Amlad showed he had matured when finishing third at Kempton back in April on his first start as a three-year-old. I rode him that day and he wasn’t beaten far and shaped with real promise. He stepped up again a few weeks later to win his maiden at Beverley and now starts life in handicap company off a mark of 78. I’m hoping he can go well, but there look to be plenty of unexposed types in here.

Beardwood – Newmarket 17:25

My final ride at Newmarket is Beardwood for Mark Johnston who I’ve never ridden before. He won three races last season and has struggled a bit off a higher mark this campaign.

The handicapper has dropped him another 1lb for his recent run at Redcar, but he may need a bit more help if he is to get back to winning ways.