Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 16th June 2018

Silvestre de Sousa’s 188BET Blog – Saturday 16th June 2018   

It’s a case of the calm before the storm this weekend with some relatively low-profile racing, with Royal Ascot just a few days away.

I’m not riding at either Sandown or York as my retainer with Prince Faisal takes me to Bath where I have picked up a ride in all eight races. Remarkably all eight of those rides are for different trainers and I’m really touched to receive that wide-spread level of support.

After riding at York on Friday, I’ll be rushing home to watch the Spain v Portugal game with the family as I just love the World Cup. Being from Brazil, football is in my blood and no guesses who I’ll be cheering on this summer!

Anyway, onto Saturday’s action and my thoughts…

Carvelas – 1.45pm Bath

I kick the day off aboard nine-year-old Carvelas in the opener who I have never ridden before. He seems pretty consistent in this grade and his mark has slipped down to 57 which is a definite plus.

If he can return to the form he showed on the all-weather in Ireland back in March he should be bang there.

House Of Frauds – 2.20pm Bath

Next up I’m on House Of Frauds for Tony Newcombe who is lightly-raced for a ten-year-old. He’s been all over the place recently having run in a novice hurdle at Taunton three starts back and then he’s been in Jersey and Guernsey for his last two starts.

In fact, he won on very fast ground in Guernsey last time and the ground looks likely to be quick again. He hasn’t got much weight and they don’t look a great bunch. I’d say I’m hopeful rather than confident with him.

L’Age D’Or – 2.55pm Bath

Only the eight runners in the novice event where I ride L’Age D’or on his third start for Robert Cowell.

She was a close third at Lingfield over six furlongs last time when collared late on so this drop back to five furlongs should help. She should make a bold bid from the front.

Happy Harmony – 3.30pm Bath

It’s nice to pick up a ride for Richard Hannon in the two-year-old novice event. Happy Harmony was fifth to No Lippy on her debut where she showed some good early pace.

She is bound to have improved for the outing and looks to be in slightly calmer waters here.

Poet’s Society – 4.10pm Bath

Mark Johnston has his team in great form and Poet’s Society looks to be one of my best chances on the card. He only faces the three rivals here, but may just take some catching from the front.

He has been ultra-consistent since winning at Lingfield in April and deserves to get his head in front again.

Aqua Libre – 4.45pm Bath

The biggest field of the day line up for the one mile handicap where I am booked to ride topweight Aqua Libre for Jennie Candlish.

She bounced back to winning form here at Bath on her first run on the season last month and is 5lbs higher now. She seemed to relish the fast conditions and hopefully can return in similar form.

Indian Pursuit – 5.20pm Bath

My penultimate ride of the afternoon is aboard Indian Pursuit who returned to a bit of form when fourth at Catterick last month.

His mark has slipped down another 1lb since then and the fact that he is now lower in the weights than when rattling off two wins late last summer gives grounds for optimism.

It’s A Wish – 5.55pm Bath

As I mentioned at the start, the reason for heading to Bath is to ride one for Prince Faisal who I am retained for. It’s A Wish actually ran better on her seasonal reappearance at Wolverhampton back in April than her finishing position implies.

She got a bit tired late on and she has had plenty of time to mature and build on that run. I’m hoping she can be really competitive in what doesn’t look a great race.