Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 23rd August 2017

Silvestre de Sousa 188BET Blog – Wednesday 23rd August 2017

The opening day of York’s big four-day Ebor Festival and I have opted to head to Bath instead. Regular readers of my 188BET blog will know that I always head where the best opportunities are and my best chances of riding winners are at Bath.

I could have gone to York for a few rides, but in my opinion some of those would have been doing well to finish in the top five in their respective races.

Therefore, I’d rather go somewhere where I am sitting on a horse with a genuine chance of actually winning the race. Here are my thoughts on the three big races of the day at York…

York 14:25 – Acomb Stakes

Not the strongest of Group 3’s on paper with the obvious one being Dee Ex Bee who I rode when he won what felt like a good maiden at Goodwood.

He’s a really nicely bred son of Farhh who we know handles this trip really well. I’m sure he will be hard to beat with the obvious danger being Aidan O’Brien’s Fleet Review who has had plenty of experience already.

York 15:00 – Great Voltigeur Stakes

Only the eight runners for the Great Voltigeur Stakes with John Gosden’s Cracksman definitely the one to beat.

He followed up a good third in the Derby at Epsom with an even better run in the Irish Derby when only beaten a neck by Capri. He has had a nice little break and I’d be very surprised if he is beaten here. Aidan O’Brien saddles three with Ryan Moore’s mount Venice Beach looking the obvious danger.

York 15:35 – Juddmonte International Stakes

Wow, what a race. There may only be the seven runners but all the big guns are there with Barney Roy, Churchill and Ulysses standing their ground. It’s pretty hard to pick one, but if I had to it would be Barney Roy.

It certainly would be a close call between him and Churchill but the fact that he is proven over the trip swings it in his favour. I love Churchill as a colt and would be prepared to forgive him his Ascot no show. It’s a match between those two for me with Ulysses a close-up third.

I travel to Bath for five rides with a couple I’m particularly keen on…

The Nazca Lines – Bath 16:35

Only the six runners in this handicap and I like the chances of John Quinn’s The Nazca Lines. He’s just 2lbs higher than when winning in a higher grade at Carlisle last month and reproduction of that form would make him the one to beat here.

Hope Is High – Bath 17:10

I suppose the main reason I am heading to Bath is to ride Hope Is High who won really nicely for me at Yarmouth last week. She is back out again relatively quickly but will be hard to beat carrying a 6lb penalty if in the same form.