Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 25th August 2017

Silvestre de Sousa 188BET Blog – Friday 25th August 2017    

Day three of the Ebor Festival and I’m delighted to say I am actually riding at York! Having spent the last couple of days riding at Bath and Chepstow, it’s great to be on the Knavesmire with five really nice rides to look forward to.

I’ve said all week that I’ll head to the track where I am most likely to ride a winner and thankfully today that is York…



Speedo Boy – York 13:55

The rain that hit the track on Wednesday would have been good news for Speedo Boy, my mount in the opener.

He has decent winning form on soft ground in France so could be interesting with a bit of ease in the ground. The step up in trip is also a plus and he didn’t have much luck in-running last time. I’m hopeful he can go well.



York 14:25 – Lonsdale Cup

No ride for me in the Lonsdale Cup in what looks a wide-open race. Thomas Hobson is the obvious one after his Royal Ascot heroics but this looks much tougher.

Dartmouth looks interesting stepped up to two miles for the first time, but I’ve a sneaky feeling that William Haggas’s Dal Harraild may take some pegging back if the ground continues to dry out.



Above The Rest – York 15:00

A massive field of 20 has been declared for the City Of York Stakes where I ride Bunbury Cup winner Above The Rest for David Barron.

He is now a bit tricky to place off his revised mark of 107 and connections are quite rightly trying him in Group company. There are some smart types in here and whether he is good enough to beat the likes of Suedois and Daban remains to be seen.



Cotai Glory – York 15:35

The Nunthorpe Stakes, the big race of the day and, for many, one of the races of the week. Everyone has a view on the eagerly anticipated clash between flying US star Lady Aurelia and the new sprinting home-based star Battaash.

There won’t be that much between them and I fancy Battaash to narrowly edge it. I ride his stablemate Cotai Glory who is another who wouldn’t have minded Wednesday’s rain. He needs to rediscover his best form to get involved here.



Arrogant – York 16:15

I ride Arrogant for Jose Santos in the Convivial which is traditionally a red-hot maiden. He has finished fourth on both starts to date and needs to step up dramatically to get involved here.

The Hills family have targeted this race for years and it is interesting that Charlie (Hills) saddles a couple here – Porth Swtan and Newborough are worth looking out for.



Battered – York 16:50

My best chance of riding a winner could well be aboard Battered in the last for William Haggas. He has gone up 5lbs for winning at Goodwood last time and has won on both occasions he has encountered soft ground – he could do with the rain making another appearance.

This will require another step up as there are some smart types in opposition including stablemate Mojito and Sir Michael Stoute’s City Of Joy to name just two.