Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 21st April 2018

As I’m riding at Newbury on Friday, it’s more than likely that I’ll stay overnight and ride out in Lambourn on Saturday morning before going back to the racecourse. I’m not sure where yet, but it will probably be with Clive Cox.

The weather has been beautiful this week and it’s almost like being back home in Brazil! It makes a change riding in the sunshine over here rather than in the wind and rain. If the forecasts are to be believed it should be a nice few days weather-wise and we will be racing on a proper sound surface.

Anyway, onto Saturday’s action where I have six rides to look forward to at Newbury…

Why We Dream – 1.25pm Newbury 

I kick off the day with a ride for Mick Channon in the hot-looking three-year-old maiden. Why We Dream had the one start at two where she showed plenty of promise at this track last October. She finished eighth behind Picture No Sound when the penny dropped late and she has been given plenty of time to strengthen up.

With the Channon team in such good form, there are definitely grounds to be optimistic although this does look particularly competitive.

Mapped, Team Decision and Humbolt Current all hail from big stables and warrant plenty of respect.

Dan’s Dream – 2.35pm Newbury (Fred Darling)

Traditionally a decent trial for the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket next month, all eyes will be on Gavota who looks the obvious one to beat.

I ride Dan’s Dream, again for Mick Channon, who lines up here on the back of a nice win at Bath a few weeks ago. Although this will be a much sounder surface, I’m hoping she can make her fitness tell and be competitive.

That said, she is very much in at the deep end, but deserves her chance in a race like this.

3.10pm Newbury – Greenham Stakes

No ride for me here and it will be fascinating to see how favourite Expert Eye gets on here. He was really impressive at Glorious Goodwood last season and will be hard to beat if returning in similar form.

I just have a feeling that James Garfield will give him a race though as George Scott will have him bouncing and ready to go.

Lord Of The Rock – 3.45pm Newbury (Spring Cup)

Just the 25 runners in the wide-open looking Spring Cup where I have been asked to ride Lord Of The Rock for Jedd O’Keeffe. It’s not a yard I have an association with so I’m particularly thrilled to have been asked to ride the six-year-old who ran well on his first start for his new stable at Doncaster in the Spring Mile last month.

As I’ve said already, fitness is really important and that run will have put him spot on for this and I’m hoping he can get involved.

You can make a case out for plenty of these, but Afaak looks the one we all have to beat.

Olympic Odyssey – 4.20pm Newbury

I sat on Olympic Odyssey the other morning and he is a lovely big son of Camelot with a bright future.

This looks a particularly tough maiden though, so whether he will be able to win a race like this first time up remains to be seen. However, you never know until you get them to the racecourse and he felt pretty useful. Whatever he does he will definitely build on.

Regal Director – 4.55pm Newbury

Some big reputations go on display in the penultimate race on the card where I ride Regal Director for Simon Crisford. He had two runs at two where it is fair to say he didn’t exactly set the world alight.

However, he has strengthened up and will have benefited hugely from those experiences. That said, he meets some with pretty big reputations here with Sir Michael Stoute’s Shareef Star and Roger Varian’s Sharja Silk both apparently well above average types.

Garbanzo – 5.30pm Newbury

My last ride of the day at Newbury is aboard Garbanzo for Ed Walker in the finale. He starts life in handicaps off a mark of 76 having shown a little as a three-year-old last year hitting the frame at both Lingfield and Chelmsford.

He’s not been seen on the track since December and has been gelded since that last run which also may help. The stable had a good winner at Newmarket earlier in the week so hopefully he can go well in what looks a wide-open contest.