Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 19th April 2018

Final day of the Craven meeting at Newmarket and I’ve only got a couple of rides. If the weather forecasts are to be believed, we are all set for another fine day which means the ground will continue to dry out. The going for the last will be a lot different from the going on which the meeting began on Tuesday. Anyway, I’ll have a busier morning to be honest as I’ll be riding work at either Simon Crisford’s or George Scott’s. However, it’s a really good looking card and I’ve also got views on some of the big races…

Galloway Hills – 1.50pm Newmarket

My first ride of the day is Galloway Hills for David Elsworth in the six furlong handicap that opens the card. I rode him on his debut at Lingfield last November when he finished a decent third and he has been busy since. In fact, this will be his fifth run of the calendar year in which he already has a win and a second to his name. He has to bounce back from a fairly disappointing showing at Kempton last week, but I’m hoping to can make his fitness pay here. That said, he looks up against some useful types with Music Society the obvious danger.

3.00pm Newmarket (Abernant Stakes)

No ride for me in the Abernant Stakes in which Andre Fabre sends over the very useful Le Brivido from France. He’s not been seen on a racecourse since winning the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot last summer and is undoubtedly a very smart prospect. The big issue is whether he is fully wound up to do himself justice on his first start of the season, but I’m sure his shrewd trainer wouldn’t be sending him over if he wasn’t ready. Brando looks his biggest danger, but may have his work cut out.

3.35pm Newmarket (Craven Stakes)

Only the seven runners in the Craven Stakes and sadly I’ll be watching on from the weighing room. I was very impressed Roaring Lion last season as a two-year-old and if he reproduces the form of his Royal Lodge victory, or his narrow defeat in the Racing Post Trophy, he will take some beating. Glorious Journey takes a big step up after two victories and Masar can bounce back on his return to grass too.

Maksab – 5.55pm Newmarket

I’m hoping that my wait to ride in the last will pay off aboard Maksab for the in-form Mick Channon team. I rode a double for him at Windsor on Monday so we know that his stable are in good form. I won on Maksab twice last term and I’m hoping he can be very competitive in a race like this. Both those victories came on a decent surface so I’m hoping all this nice weather will have dried the ground out.