Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 23rd August 2018

Silvestre de Sousa’s 188BET Blog – Thursday 23rd August 2018      

It’s the second day of York’s Ebor meeting and frustratingly I’ve only got two rides as a couple of horses I was booked for don’t run. There is no point in getting annoyed as its just one of those things and I don’t want to let down the other trainers I have committed to. My first ride comes in the second race and then I’m not in action again until the last… that gives me plenty of time to catch up on my sleep. Anyway, here are my thoughts on those two rides and also the other four races…

1.55pm York (Lowther Stakes)

An intriguing match on paper between Fairyland and Angel’s Hideaway in what looks a really good opener. Fairyland hasn’t been seen since finishing a close-up third at Royal Ascot and is undoubtedly a smart filly. I suppose her absence is a little bit of a worry and with her stable not really firing on all cylinders I’d go for Angel’s Hideaway for John Gosden and Frankie (Dettori). I beat her on Pretty Pollyanna two starts back and that form reads well with her Group One success last Sunday. Angel’s Hideaway looked to have improved again at Ascot last time and will take some beating here.

Concierge – 2.25pm York

My first ride of the day comes aboard Concierge for George Scott in the valuable Sales race. He’s a tough little horse who has won his last two starts for me at Windsor and Lingfield. I haven’t actually sat on him at home recently, but he is reportedly in good form and deserves a crack at a prize like this. It will require a big step up, but he has a nice attitude and should go well. With so much money up for grabs there are plenty of dangers with He’Zanarab and Fanaar looking the obvious ones.

3.00pm York

No ride for me in the valuable one mile handicap where Seniority looks a worthy favourite after his Goodwood win. However, the two that catch my eye are Charlie Hills’ Afaak and Roger Varian’s Sharja Bridge. Afaak was unlucky at Goodwood last time and with his stable firing he can go close again at a track he won at earlier in the season. As for Sharja Bridge, this drop in trip will suit better and the stable are in form too.

3.35pm York (Yorkshire Oaks)

One of the races of the week, let alone the day with the likes of Sea Of Class, Laurens, Magic Wand and Coronet all lining up. Sea Of Class will be favourite, but I think Laurens should be. She is continually underrated and people forget that she is a three-time Group One winner. She also never seems to run a bad race and has only ever finished first or second. The issue is the trip, but if she stays I think she’ll win again.

4.15pm York (Galtres Stakes)

All eyes will be on John Gosden’s Lah Ti Dar who makes her belated return to the track after a setback ruled her out of the Oaks. She had previously looked a really smart prospect and should brush these aside if back on song. She holds plenty of fancy entries including the St Leger and the Arc and should be too good.

Angel Of Darkness – 4.50pm York

My last ride of the day is Angel Of Darkness for Charlie Hills in the seven furlong handicap that rounds off the card. She is now 1lb lower than when third in this race 12 months ago and has bits of pieces of decent form.