Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 13th October 2017

Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 13th October 2017

Having had a week without a winner, it was nice to bounce back with a treble at Nottingham on Thursday and to follow that up with another one at Kempton in the evening.

It’s funny this game of ours how one minute nothing goes your way and then the next minute everything clicks. I suppose if you keep working hard and doing things right, the winners will come.

Anyway, with just over a week to go until the end of the season I am looking forward to pushing on beyond 150 winners.

Looking at Friday’s action and the ITV cameras are covering racing from both Newmarket and York. I will be at the latter track where I have six nice rides to look forward to…


Roundhay Park – York 14:10

A really competitive six-furlong nursery to open the card and I ride Roundhay Park for Nigel Tinkler. He’s been in great form of late, winning twice over five furlongs at Beverley and then again last month at Bath.

I suppose the big question mark is whether he will cope with the 7lb rise in the weights and the step up to six furlongs. He looks to be improving so that’s not impossible, but he will need to improve to beat the likes of Ginbar and Tulip Fever.



Zabeel Prince – York 14:45

The first of the races on ITV from York and probably my best chance of the day aboard Zabeel Prince for Roger Varian. The more rain the better for this four-year-old son of Lope De Vega who is on a hat-trick having won both his starts this season on soft ground.

He looks to be improving fast but is 10lbs higher in the weights than when winning at Yarmouth last month. This will require more and there are some decent horses in here, including the Lincoln winner Bravery and William Haggas’ Zwayyan. However, I wouldn’t swap my ride for anything else.


The Grand Visir – York 15:55

Another fiercely competitive staying handicap where I ride The Grand Visir for William Haggas and it’s another one on ITV. He’s not run since August but has the form in the book to be a player in a race like this, although he will have to step up.

Nine of these line-up on the back of a win last time, so we are up against some in-form horses. Godolphin’s Gold Star and John Gosden’s Face The Facts are obvious dangers.


Atletico – York 16:30

You can never really be confident in a wide-open looking 20-runner York five-furlong handicap, but I’ve definitely got a squeak aboard Atletico back down to the minimum trip.

He hasn’t done much racing for a five-year-old and his two best runs of the campaign to date have come over this distance. He won nicely at Windsor in July and is just 5lbs higher here.


Qianlong – York 17:05

I’ve mentioned plenty of times in this blog what great support Roger Varian has given me this season and again I’m on another nice one of his in the novice stakes. Qianlong brings plenty of racecourse experience to the table having run three times before including two narrow defeats.

He was only just touched off at Thirsk last time and this step up in trip should help his cause too. This looks competitive but I’d be disappointed if he didn’t go close.


Qeyaadah – York 17:35

My final ride of the day at York is aboard Qeyaadah for Mick Appleby in another unbelievably competitive handicap. You could make a genuine case out for at least 10 of these, but my mount wears cheekpieces for the first time and has slipped down to his last winning mark.

He has had a really busy season, but here’s hoping he can record his second win of the campaign on his 12thstart since April. There are loads of dangers, but the one that caught my eye is Mujassam for David O’Meara.

Looking at the Group One action at Newmarket…

Fillies’ Mile – Newmarket 15:35

Aidan O’Brien is closing in on Bobby Frankel’s 25 Group One victories in a calendar year record and looks to hold a strong hand here with Happily, Magical and September.

Ryan (Moore) has opted to ride Happily and he very rarely gets it wrong. She was good enough to beat the boys in France last time and is a filly who is improving fast. This looks a quality renewal, but she should be very hard to beat.