Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 24th August 2017

Silvestre de Sousa 188BET Blog – Thursday 24th August 2017 

It’s the second day of York’s four-day Ebor Festival and, like on Wednesday, I have opted to give the meeting a miss and head to Chepstow as 188BET sponsor the whole card there!

In all seriousness, like I said yesterday, there is no point in me heading to York for the sake of it and riding a few to fill the minor places at best. There are genuine winning opportunities for me at Chepstow, so it makes much more sense to head there.

I am definitely riding at York on Friday where I have some genuine chances. Anyway, here are my thoughts on the big races at York and my best chances at Chepstow…

York 14:25 – Lowther Stakes

It will be really interesting to see how the American filly Happy Like A Fool gets on stepping up to six furlongs. She was the name on everyone’s lips before the Queen Mary at Ascot and ran well even though she was beaten.

However, she will have to be every bit as good as they say if she is to beat Roger Varian’s Madeline. She gave me a lovely feel when winning at Newbury last time and is a filly going the right way.

York 15:35 – Yorkshire Oaks

They say that there is no such thing as a certainty, but Enable will test that theory in the Yorkshire Oaks. She looks to be Europe’s top three-year-old middle-distance horse, so shouldn’t have too much bother back against her own sex.

Nezwaah was a Group One winner last time so will be there to pick up the pieces should Enable underperform.

York 16:15 – Sir Henry Cecil Galtres Stakes

It’s great that they are running the Galtres Stakes in memory of the legend that was Sir Henry Cecil. Therefore, I can think of no more an appropriate winner of the race than Mori who is the offspring of two horses he trained – Frankel and Midday! She was unlucky not to win at Royal Ascot and she should take a lot of beating here.

I travel to Chepstow for eight rides and here are four for you to look out for…

Time For Wine – Chepstow 14:05

My first ride of the day is Time For Wine for David Evans who must have a really good chance if reproducing her Sandown running. She was only just beaten a short head that day and is a winner waiting to happen. I am really looking forward to riding her and she seems to go on all ground.

Whiteley – Chepstow 14:35

I won on Whiteley for Mick Channon at Brighton earlier in the month and she reappears here off just a 2lb higher mark. She drops back to five furlongs, but it isn’t the strongest of races and hopefully she can go well.

Topmeup – Chepstow 15:40

Again, not a great race so I should have a chance on the 16-race maiden Topmeup for David Evans in the 188BET handicap. She has been ultra-consistent and hasn’t finished out of the first four in any of her last 10 starts. Off the same mark as last time, I am hoping she can finally get her head in front!

Coachella – Chepstow 16:10

The last one to keep an eye out for is the Ed de Giles’ trained Coachella who is another yet to win a race. However, he has run a little better than his finishing position implies on both his last two starts and has slipped to a very dangerous mark. I’m hoping he can go quite close in a race like this.