Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 7th April 2018
It’s a pretty quiet one this week after last weekend’s mad dash to Dubai to ride on World Cup Night. I didn’t have much luck with my four rides and strangely what looked my worst chance on paper turned out to be my best. Wild Dude ran a hell of a race to finish fourth in the Dubai Golden Shaheen, which went some way to making up for the rest who never really got competitive.
I flew back first thing on Sunday morning hoping to bounce back into action on Monday, but the weather put pay to those plans. So, I had some nice time at home with the family on Monday and Tuesday before going back to work at Southwell on Wednesday. Luckily, I rode a winner on my first ride back which paid for some Easter Eggs! I’m not riding at Kempton on Saturday and instead will head straight to Wolverhampton where I have three rides in the evening…
If I’m honest I don’t know too much about Onefootinparadise as I’ve never actually ridden her before. This is her first start of the new season but she went very close off this mark of 68 when beaten a head at Newcastle two starts back last September. She has a lovely draw in stall one and the Philip McBride team have already been among the winners this season. I’m hopeful she can go well.
Next up I ride a newcomer for Simon Crisford in Honey Man who makes his debut in the seven-furlong novice stakes. He’s another I have never sat on as it has just been too wet to ride any work on him. He’s a nicely bred son of Dawn Approach who wears a hood on his debut and I’m delighted to ride him. I rode some pretty useful ones for Simon last season and hopefully he can be another one in that mould. This does look a hot contest with Roger Varian’s Masaarr looking the obvious one on paper.
My final ride of the night is Foie Gras for Chris Dwyer in the last and this one may be my best chance of a winner. He has won eight times on the all-weather and ran well for me on his first start of the season here a few weeks back. He wasn’t beaten far in fourth and if he can step forward from that run he is bound to be competitive in a race like this off the same mark.
As I said above, I am not riding at Kempton but here are my thoughts on the big race…
It’s clear to see why Sir Michael Stoute’s Smart Call is favourite as she has some impressive form in the book. She wasn’t beaten far at Royal Ascot last year and again in a Group One in Deauville. This represents a drop back in both class and trip and she is bound to be competitive. However, the one I like is Roger Varian’s Shenanigans who I finished third on at Doncaster last May. Roger has his team a lot further forward than usual and I think that she can give the favourite plenty to think about.