Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 19th August 2017

It’s been another typically busy week with plenty of travelling all over the country, not to mention a trip to France.

I finished fourth on Last Kingdom in the Prix Guillaume d’Ornano Haras du Logis Saint-Germain at Deauville (what a long name!). It rode like a really good race and felt more like a Group 1 than a Group 2.

My colt is improving and shaped well in what was his biggest test to date. I guess I’d liked to have been a bit closer to the strong pace, but my horse is still learning with every start.

There are no plans for him just yet, but I certainly wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up at the Breeders’ Cup.

Looking ahead at this Saturday’s action at Newbury and I’ve got seven nice rides to look forward to…

Mikmak – 1.20pm Newbury

I kick-off aboard Mikmak for William Muir in the opener who certainly wouldn’t mind a bit more rain.

His two best runs this season have come on soft ground over this trip, so I guess he wouldn’t want the ground to dry out too much. He hasn’t actually won for nearly two years, but hopefully we can get back to winning ways.

Red Mist – 1.50pm Newbury

The big two-year-old race of the day is the Denford Stakes where I am really looking forward to getting back on Red Mist. The son of Frankel won nicely on his debut at Sandown last month and jumps up into Listed class here.

He is bound to have improved for that first run, but he will need to if he is to beat the likes of Hey Gaman and Learn By Heart.

I know Mark Johnston’s Ventura Knight pretty well too having won on him at Leicester last month. He will run well back on better ground.

Harlequeen – 2.25pm Newbury

Another really competitive race on paper where I ride Harlequeen for Mick Channon. She ran better than her finishing position suggests on her eagerly awaited seasonal reappearance at Goodwood last time as she just got tired late on.

I expect her to step up on that again here, but it will take a huge effort to trouble the big guns.

Defoe is a really exciting prospect and Frontiersman brings Group 1 form to the table. If my filly can hit the frame I’d be delighted.

Realize – 3.00pm Newbury

The more the ground dries, the better the chance for my mount Realize who didn’t like the soft conditions here last month.

He had previously won his first two starts of the season for his new stable, so I’m hoping he can return to winning ways. That said, he’s 11lbs higher than when winning at Yarmouth in May so will need to improve.

Ibn Malik – 3.35pm Newbury (Hungerford Stakes)

Charlie Hills suggested that his Ibn Malik may have bounced at Haydock last time and therefore he is better judged on his fourth to Home Of The Brave at Newmarket before that. I rode him that day and it was a fair reappearance after a year on the sidelines.

This race is even more competitive and he needs to take a big step forward if he is to trouble the likes of Librisa Breeze and even Massaat if he returns to his best form.

Reverend Jacobs – 4.05pm Newbury

I’m delighted to have picked up another nice opportunity from William Haggas who has booked me to ride Reverend Jacobs in the maiden.

He steps up to 12 furlongs for the first time but that looks likely to suit and he must be a major player here.

Parish Boy – 4.40pm Newbury

When Parish Boy was trained in Ireland by Jim Bolger as a two-year-old, he twice beat Order Of St George. While the latter has gone on to be a multiple Group 1 winner, Parish Boy has yet to reach those heights and is rated just 78.

He is winless in nine starts since being gelded and leaving Bolger’s yard and was beaten a long way last time. He has plenty to prove now.

I’ll be back with my thoughts each day of York’s Ebor meeting next week.