Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 14th April 2018
It’s a relatively low-key day on the flat considering it’s the biggest day in the jumping calendar with the Grand National. It looks like I’m going to be spending most of the day in the car as I’m off to Lingfield for one ride before nipping off to Wolverhampton to ride six more there.
As for the Grand National, I’ll definitely be watching when I get to Wolverhampton. It’s a real spectacle and I know I’ll never get the chance to ride in it as I’m a flat jockey, but I’d love to give it a go. It must be a real buzz for those jockeys.
As for finding a winner, don’t ask me! I’ve got more chance of finding you the right lottery numbers. The only advice I’d give you would be to pick one at around 20/1 or 25/1 as the jockey will ride with less pressure on him or her. Anyway, whatever you pick, good luck…
My only ride of the day at Lingfield is The Lacemaker for Chris Dwyer in the opening seven-furlong handicap. I will get in trouble if I don’t mention the full title of the race as it’s the Grand National 8 places At 188Bet Fillies’ Handicap! She won nicely for me at Wolverhampton last month but will find this a bit tougher off a 3lb higher mark in what looks a better race. She should go well again and I’m sure the step up in trip won’t inconvenience her either as she ran all the way to the line last time.
I don’t know too much about Sincerely Resdev, my ride in the opener at Wolverhampton for Philip Kirby. The drop back in trip will probably help him on his tapeta debut, but he will have to show a lot more than he has shown to date to win a race like this. Berkshire Royal and Sir Michael Stoute’s Whitehall look the obvious ones to beat.
I’ve actually ridden Tingo In The Tale twice before and first rode him all the way back in July 2012 which was nearly six years ago! I finished second on him at Kempton a couple of years ago, and he did manage to win last a race at Nottingham last summer. He has not been in terrific form in three starts so far this season, but he has slipped down to a mark of 49 in what doesn’t look a great race. He will have to bounce back, but can go well if time hasn’t caught up with him.
It is hard to be confident about a filly who has yet to win in 14 starts under rules, but I reckon Iconic Belle can go well after a good run at Doncaster last time. She has been dropped another 1lb by the handicapper and the step back up in trip should suit. She was only just touched off in her maiden over course and distance a couple of starts back and I’m looking forward to riding her. She would be one of my best chances of riding a winner.
The fillies’ novice stakes has attracted a really good quality looking field and I ride It’s A Wish for Clive Cox. I’m hoping she will have improved over the winter as she was immature last year. She should be competitive, but there are some smart looking fillies in here, notably Roger Varian’s Hermosita and John Gosden’s Tivoli.
Another ride for Philip Kirby with his The Resdev Way looking to win for the third time in four starts. Those victories were at Southwell and he also has to bounce back from a disappointing run last time. There is a danger the handicapper may have caught up with him, but we will give it our best shot. Ocean Of Love looks the one to beat.
My final ride of the day is Juan Horsepower on his first start for Mick Appleby after leaving Richard Hannon. Even though he hasn’t won since May last year, he has bits and bobs of form that suggests he can be competitive in a race like this. Another bonus is that he did win on his only other start here at Wolverhampton back in 2016.