Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 18th May 2018

Silvestre de Sousa’s 188BET Blog – Friday 18th May 2018   

Having been at York on Thursday and flown back down to ride at Newmarket in the evening, I will again be travelling back up to the Knavesmire on Friday morning after riding work.

It’s just too far away by car and if I jump in an aeroplane it only takes about 40 minutes door to door. The plan on Friday is to fly up with a few other lads and we will take off from the July course.

Looking at the action on the track and I’ve got five decent rides to look forward to, including Desert Skyline in the Yorkshire Cup…

Daphinia – 2.20 York (Marygate Fillies’ Stakes)


A really competitive looking five furlong Listed two-year-old contest where I ride Daphinia for Henry Spiller who lines up here on the back of a win at Wolverhampton.

I didn’t ride her that day, but I did ride her at home on Wednesday and she gave me a nice feel. She’s not very big, but she is a well-balanced filly and has plenty going for her.

Of course, she will have to step up to take a hand in the finish here as this looks a pretty hot contest. I expect that plenty of these will be heading to the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot next with Strings Of Life and No Lippy looking the obvious pair.

2.55 York (Michael Seely Memorial)


I’ve no ride in this, but it will be interesting to see the rapidly improving Sheikha Reika take on Threading.

There are only the five runners and you often get upsets here at York so tread carefully. I reckon Charlie Hills’ Juliet Foxtrot could easily upset the big guns here.

Desert Skyline – 3.30 York (Yorkshire Cup)


Only the eight runners here but again a super competitive race where you could make a case for just about all of them.

I ride last season’s Doncaster Cup winner Desert Skyline for David Elsworth who has the difficult task of defying a 3lb penalty.

That won’t be easy, but he gave me a really nice feel at Ascot on his reappearance, proving that he has definitely grown up between three and four.

I’m looking forward to getting back on him and hope he can put up a good performance.

As for the rest, Stradivarius looks the obvious one, but keep an eye out for Wicklow Brave who could easily go well at a big price.

Yeah Baby Yeah – 4.35 York

It’s nice to pick up a ride for Gay Kelleway in the seven furlong handicap and her Yeah Baby Yeah has been in good form of late.

This requires another big step up, though, and I’m hoping that the first time tongue-tie and visor will help her.

Ryan Moore is an eye-catching booking aboard Crafty Madam for Clive Cox, while Lady In Question can go well for the in-form Fahey yard.

Angel Force – 5.05 York

Another impossible looking five furlong handicap where I ride Angel Force for sprint maestro David Griffiths.

She doesn’t have much weight and if she can reproduce the form that saw her win at the track last summer, she could surprise a few. I suppose the real worry is whether the ground may be too quick.

Look out for Mick Channon’s Charming Guest who I rode when she was a bit unlucky last time. She should go well.

Making Miracles – 5.40 York

Trainer Mark Johnston saddles two interesting runners at the top of the weights in the nightcap and I ride one of them for him.

Making Miracles has finished second three times in his last four outings and is due a change of luck. The step up in trip also looks like it will suit so I hope he will run a big race.

Fellow top weight Baghdad looks an interesting runner too with the strong pace sure to help.