Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 16th September 2017
Silvestre de Sousa 188BET Blog – Saturday 16th September 2017
St Leger day is always a terrific occasion and I came agonisingly close to landing the big one 12 months ago when finishing second to Harbour Law aboard Ventura Storm for Richard Hannon.
However, I won’t be at Doncaster this year as my retainer for Prince Faisal means I am at Musselburgh instead. It all means that I will spend quite a lot of time in the car on Saturday, with a long six-hour journey home if things don’t go well!
Anyway, here are my thoughts on the St Leger…
3.35pm Doncaster – St Leger
This year’s race looks a really good one with Irish Derby winner Capri a worthy favourite. His defeat of Cracksman looks great form now and I’d have fancied him strongly if he had been seen since July. That’s what puts me off him as he has obviously had his share of training problems.
I think it’s between Defoe and Crystal Ocean and find it quite hard to separate them. Roger’s (Varian) horses are flying at the moment and for that reason I would marginally prefer Defoe. Any rain that falls will help him too.
And my six Musselburgh rides…
Daffy Jane – 2.55pm Musselburgh
My opening ride of the day is aboard Daffy Jane for Nigel Tinkler in the nursery. I rode her at Ripon ten days ago when she rattled home late and was only just denied.
She must have a chance here from only a 1lb higher mark, with my only concern being that she may need to step up to six furlongs as this trip is on the sharp side for her.
Dalileo – 3.30pm Musselburgh
Only the four runners for the sire-restricted maiden for two-year-olds where I get the leg up on Dalileo, an unraced son of Galileo. He is one of two in the race for Mark Johnston, with the other being the filly Mail Order who has had plenty of racecourse experience.
My mount is beautifully bred but is the only newcomer in the race and meets three others who will know their game. It should be a fascinating little contest.
Asaas – 4.40pm Musselburgh
The reason I am up at Musselburgh is to ride Asaas for Prince Faisal in the handicap. He looks to have been found a nice opportunity here and should go very close with the Varian team in such good nick.
I won on him in July, but he has been gelded since and can build on his Beverley run last month. He is better than he showed Paul Mulrennan last time and can hopefully bounce back to winning ways.
Amelia Dream – 5.15pm Musselburgh
I finished second on Amelia Dream on the only occasion I have ridden her on soft ground at Newbury in July and she takes her chance in the Caledonian Cup, the big race on Musselburgh’s card.
She hasn’t been able to reproduce that form in three starts since and gets in here off a competitive mark. Whether she is good enough to beat the likes of Solo Mission and Dominating remains to be seen, but we will give it our best shot.
See Vermont – 5.45pm Musselburgh
Topweight See Vermont must have a chance in the five-furlong handicap off just a 1lb higher mark than when winning here a few weeks ago. That was the third time the nine-year-old has won at the track, so he clearly goes well here.
It is also interesting that connections are reaching for blinkers again as they worked really well first time when winning here four starts back and have been left off since.
Harbour Patrol – 6.15pm Musselburgh
My final ride of the day is another for Rebecca Bastiman aboard Harbour Patrol. He used to be trained by Richard (Hannon) but switched to his new yard a couple of years ago and managed to win at Chepstow in July having been gelded last year.
The drop to six furlongs didn’t suit last time, so this seven furlongs should be more to his liking. He might have an each-way squeak as the handicapper has dropped him to within 4lbs of that last winning mark.