Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 15th September 2017

Silvestre de Sousa 188BET Blog – Friday 15th September 2017 

There are about five weeks of the season left and even though people keep telling me I’m going to be crowned Stobart Champion Jockey, I am still not taking anything for granted.

I will admit that I am no longer a 100/1 shot!! However, the job is not mathematically done yet and I’m still as hungry as ever to ride winners.


Physical Test

It’s been a really tough season physically and I’m sure that’s the reason I was under the weather last week with ‘man flu’.

Being at home to re-cooperate for a couple of days helped and my wife Vicki had me working for her on my day off on Monday!

Anyway, it’s the St Leger meeting at Doncaster and it was great to ride a double on the opening day on Wednesday. I am back with seven nice rides on the penultimate day…

De Bruyne Horse – Doncaster 13:20

I rode De Bruyne Horse last time at Sandown and he ran a better race than his finishing position implies. He travelled into the race well and was bang there with two furlongs to go.

He is a lovely colt who will find this tough carrying his Vichy Listed winner’s penalty. The Hannon stable also have Tigre Du Terre who looks like the one to beat.

Smoulder – Doncaster 13:50

It’s really nice to be asked to ride one for Aidan O’Brien and I’m looking forward to getting the leg up on Smoulder in the Sceptre Stakes.

She ran her best race for a while at Tipperary last time, although has a bit to find with stablemate Music Box, let alone any of the others.

The race looks every bit as competitive as you might expect and I expect Tomyris to run really well.
I won on her at Newmarket on her first start of the season and she felt like a smart filly.

Midsummer Knight – Doncaster 14:25

I ride Midsummer Knight for Mick Channon in the Flying Childers and it would be a hell of a race for him to lose his maiden tag! He finished second on the all-weather last weekend and this is a huge step up in class for him.

It looks a straight match between Queen Mary winner Heartache and Molecomb winner Havana Grey.
They are both very exciting two-year-olds and it’s too tough to call.

Elidor – Doncaster 15:00

This will require a monster effort from Elidor to shoulder 10st against some progressive stayers.
He’s a lovely horse and we have had some great days together, including when winning at Glorious Goodwood last year.

The problem is the handicapper knows him just as well as me and we probably need a bit of help from him before we can win again.

Time To Study at the foot of the weights looks the obvious one if he has got over his exertions from last weekend.

Desert Skyline –  Doncaster 15:35

The big race of the day and it’s great to be riding one of the leading fancies. Desert Skyline must have a massive chance with his three-year-old weight allowance on this rain-softened ground.

He has run some great races this season already finishing third in the Goodwood Cup and second at Deauville last time. I wouldn’t swap him for anything and he really deserves to land a prize like this.

Normandy Barriere – Doncaster 16:35

Last year’s winner Normandy Barriere won off this mark at Ascot earlier in the season so must have a chance of repeating last season’s heroics. However, he wouldn’t want any more rain, so fingers cross it stays dry.

Swilly Sunset – Doncaster 17:10

Only a head stopped my mount Swilly Sunset landing a remarkable five-timer at Sandown a couple of weeks ago and I’m looking forward to getting back on him.

He’s improved beyond recognition this season and is now rated 85 having started his winning run off a mark of 59 at Yarmouth.  Again, he won’t find life easy off his revised mark, but he may not have stopped improving just yet.