Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 13th July 2018
Silvestre de Sousa’s 188BET Blog – Friday 13th July 2018
Having missed the opening day of the July meeting to ride at Doncaster, it is lovely to be riding ‘at home’ on Friday. I was up in London on Thursday appealing about my suspension with the BHA in High Holborn. Unfortunately that didn’t go so well, but it’s just one of those things and I had a train journey up to Doncaster to calm down! Anyway, back to the things on the track at Newmarket and the July meeting really is special with such a great atmosphere and vibe in the town. I have five nice rides to look forward to…
Swift Approval – 1:50pm Newmarket
Only the seven runners in the Bunbury Cup Consolation which seems a little strange. I ride Swift Approval for Stuart Williams who has been very busy with 12 races already in 2018. He’s actually off a lower mark than when winning at Lingfield back in January and has run some cracking races recently, including when just touched off at Epsom on Derby Day. If things drop his way, I’m hoping he can be competitive.
Pretty Pollyanna – 2:25pm Newmarket (Duchess of Cambridge Stakes)
I was really impressed with the way that Pretty Pollyanna ran on only her second racecourse start when fifth to Main Edition in the Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot. That was a massive step up from the maiden she won at Yarmouth and she looks a filly with a bright future. She’s entitled to improve again for that experience, but will have to if she is to reverse the form with the two fillies that finished first and second at Ascot. Both Main Edition and La Pelosa line-up again, but we will give it our best shot.
Communique – 3:00pm Newmarket
It’s nice to be back on board Communique for Mark Johnson and I hope he will bounce back after a disappointing showing at York last time. He’s 8lbs higher than when winning the London Gold Cup at Newbury back in May, but things haven’t gone right for him since. He was badly drawn at Ascot two starts back and just didn’t fire last time for whatever reason. In a smaller field over the right trip, I’m hopeful he can bounce back, although John Gosden’s Wissahickon looks a big danger.
3:35pm Newmarket (Falmouth Stakes)
No ride for me in the feature where Jessica Harrington’s Alpha Centauri will be very hard to beat if in the same mood she was in at Royal Ascot. She loves this fast ground and should take plenty of catching, although I expect Clemmie to give her more of a race than she did at Ascot.
Allmankind – 4:10pm Newmarket
I’ve never ridden Allmankind who makes his debut in the maiden. It’s nice to be asked to ride him and on breeding he may need a bit further than this in time.
Project Bluebook – 4:45pm Newmarket
My last ride of the afternoon is Project Bluebook for John Quinn in the staying handicap. He’s had three runs over hurdles during the jumps season and makes his first flat start of the campaign. He’s just a pound higher than when finishing second over two miles at Chepstow last August and looks well-handicapped if you consider his hurdling mark. However, he will have to step up on what he has shown as there look to be some smart horses in here against us.