Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 22nd July 2017
Silvestre de Sousa Blog – Saturday 22nd July 2017
It’s been a quieter week than usual for me as I was banned on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. I was still riding out in the mornings but the break from racing allowed me to spend a bit of time with the family.
It was only a few days off, but it gave me a little time to recharge the batteries and launch myself into what is a really busy time of year.
Once again, I’m riding at two meetings on Saturday starting off at Newbury and then shooting off Lingfield in the evening….
Mount Logan – Newbury 14:25
No ride in the opener, but I kick-off with a nice ride aboard Mount Logan for Roger Varian in the Steventon Stakes.
I rode him for the first time at Newmarket earlier in the month when he was a close third to Lord Yeats over an extra two furlongs. He seemed to get tapped for a bit of toe that day and ran on really well at the death.
On paper, the drop back in trip wouldn’t look ideal, but he will be very competitive if returning to the form he was in last season when winning over this shorter distance.
Windfast – Newbury 15:00
Connections of Windfast, my ride in the Hackwood Stakes, will be hoping that the application of first time blinkers will see him bounce back from his Ascot efforts last time. That did come in the Diamond Jubilee, so he will find this much more to his liking.
If he can return to the form he was in at Newmarket on his previous start when third to Brando, I’m sure he can get competitive. Having said that, I’m not sure he would want too much more rain.
Lady Anjorica – Newbury 15:35
The usual big field lines up for the ultra-competitive Weatherbys Super Sprint where I am set to partner Lady Anjorica for Keith Dalgleish. She has a light weight and bits of form that entitle her to have a squeak in a race like this.
Having finished midfield in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, she was a good second when I rode her at Ripon a couple of weeks ago. She is still a maiden, so will need to step up again to take a hand here against the likes of Maggies Angel. Richard Fahey has won two of the last four runnings of this race and she may be hard to beat.
Helvetian – Newbury 16:10
Mick Channon’s newcomer Helvetian is bound to know his job in what looks a really competitive novice event. It is definitely a positive that he holds some flashy engagements and I’m really looking forward to the ride.
There are plenty of dangers with the top two experienced colts looking the most obvious. Hugo Palmer’s Ghayadh comes here on the back of a winning debut, while Brian Meehan’s Alkhalifa will step up from a good third here a couple of weeks ago.
Pavillon – Newbury 16:45
Only the six runners in the fillies’ handicap where I ride Pavillon for Clive Cox. Twice a winner on an artificial surface, she ran really well at Sandown on her turf debut when not beaten far behind me and Tisbutadream. With her stable in good form and a bit of cut in the ground, I’m hopeful she can go close.
Amelia Dream – Newbury 17:20
Amelia Dream finally got off the mark at the ninth attempt at Leicester last time so hopefully she won’t give up the winning habit. However, life won’t be easy off a 4lb higher mark in what looks a much more competitive race.
I’m then hot-footing it to Lingfield for three more rides…
Starboy – Lingfield 19:15
On paper, George Scott’s Starboy hasn’t exactly lived up to his name in his three starts to date. Here’s to hoping that the application of first time cheekpieces and a recent gelding operation trigger him into life.
General Marius – Lingfield 19:45
I ride a nicely bred newcomer for Roger Varian called General Marius in the next. He is bound to know his job but will have to if he is to beat those already with experience here.
Easy Code – Lingfield 20:15
My last ride of the day comes in the 188BET Handicap, so it would be nice to win some money off my sponsors!
In fact, I have a really good chance as I ride top-weight Easy Code for William Haggas. The four-year-old has lost his way a little since being gelded a few years ago, but has bits of form that entitle him to be competitive at this lowly level.