Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 24th August 2018

 Silvestre de Sousa – 188BET Blog – Friday 24th August 2018     

Unfortunately I’m not going to be riding at York on Friday. I have a retainer with Prince Faisal and he has a runner at Ffos Las, so I will be heading down to south Wales before going over to Chelmsford in the evening.

It’s a shame that I’m missing out on the ride on Desert Skyline in the Lonsdale Cup, but I should have some decent chances during the day and let’s hope I can get a couple of winners. There’s some top quality action at York and here are my thoughts on the TV races…

1.55pm York

A typically tight, competitive York handicap. You’d have to respect Sir Michael Stoute’s Melting Dew who nearly landed a hat-trick at Goodwood last time. He’s been in great form this season, but he’s gone up another 5lbs for that run and it’s going to be a tough ask off top weight. The one who I think can run well at a decent price is Pacify for Ralph Beckett and Danny Tudhope. He won here two starts ago and a lot of his best form has come at York. Mister Belvedere has been running well all season and is another who likes it here.

2.25pm York (Lonsdale Cup)

It’s the million pound question, but I don’t think Stradivarius can be beaten. He’s had a brilliant season and his form is stronger than everything else in the field. You don’t often find stayers who have a real turn of foot, but he does and it will be a big shock if he gets beat. There isn’t a huge amount between the rest of the field and I think Desert Skyline has a good each-way chance.

He ran well to be second to Stradivarius in the Yorkshire Cup earlier this season and he won’t have a problem with the atmosphere. Idaho has proven he’s a Group winner also, but Stradivarius should win.

3.00pm York (Gimcrack Stakes)

This is always a very good race and it looks quite open this year. The Irish Rover has the strongest form after his second to Advertise in the Phoenix Stakes, but I think it could go to Richard Fahey’s Space Traveller.

He’s unbeaten in two starts and the yard love to have winners at this meeting. They won this race last year with Sands Of Mali and you can be sure this will have been the target for Space Traveller.

3.35pm York (Nunthorpe Stakes)

The big race of the day and if we see the same Battaash that turned up at Goodwood, it should be an easy job for him. He’s very, very quick. I know he’s had a few issues in the past, but he looked so good last time and he seems to have grown up a bit this season.

It can be difficult at York with the long trip over from the stables, but I’m sure they’ll do all they can to keep him calm. Blue Point has won here in the past and beat Battaash in the King’s Stand, so he’s the obvious one to chase him home.

I have nine rides on Friday, five at Ffos Las and four at Chelmsford in the evening. Here are my thoughts on my best chances…

Momkin – 2.15pm Ffos Las

As I said earlier, the main reason I’m going to Ffos Las is to ride Momkin for Roger Charlton and Prince Faisal. I haven’t ridden him before, but he won well in a big field at Newbury last time and should have a favourite’s chance.

Falcon Cliffs – 4.00pm Ffos Las

When Tony Carroll knew I was going to be at Ffos Las, he booked me in advance to ride Falcon Cliffs in the fillies’ handicap. She’s down the bottom of the weights and hopefully can go close in what looks an open race despite there being only six runners.

Fire Brigade – 7.15pm Chelmsford

I’ve ridden Fire Brigade a couple of times in the past, winning at Newmarket and finishing second at Ascot. He’s a nice horse and has won at Chelmsford before. I suppose he hasn’t shown his best so far this season, but he should give me a good ride. Michael Bell’s horses are in good form which a bonus.

Gorgeous Noora – 7.45pm Chelmsford

Just the four runners in this fillies’ handicap where I ride the top weight Gorgeous Noora for Luca Cumani. Her last two runs have been good and even though she has to concede weight all round, I’d be hopeful she has a winning chance. It is competitive, though, despite the small field.