Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 26th May 2018
Silvestre de Sousa’s 188BET Blog – Saturday 26th May 2018
It’s been another busy week, but it’s been a fruitful one.
It was great to ride five winners on Thursday with two at Lingfield in the afternoon and a treble at Chelmsford in the evening. It’s such a funny game as two weeks ago I couldn’t buy a winner and nothing seemed to be going right.
That’s just the way it is and every head bob went against me and no gaps seemed to open up. Then you get a day like Thursday when everything goes your way and every bob of the head favours you. Let’s hope things continue like that for a while now!
Anyway, onto Saturday’s action and I have a busy afternoon at Haydock where I have seven rides to look forward to. I haven’t worked out my travel plans yet and I’m hoping to share a plane up there with someone or else I’ll be spending most of Saturday on the M6!
Here are my thoughts…
Byron Flyer – 2.15pm Haydock
I wasn’t on Byron Flyer at Chester last time where he seemed a bit unlucky having been held in a bit of a pocket.
He hasn’t won since February 2017, but I’m hopeful with Ian Williams’ team in such good form that he can change that.
He has run so many really good races and was second four times in a row last season before finishing seventh in the Cesarewitch. His handicap mark has crept up a little, but hopefully he can get that hugely deserved win.
There are plenty of dangers, including Mancini who will be hard to stop as he goes for the hat-trick.
Ventura Knight – 2.50pm Haydock (Silver Bowl)
Mark Johnston is sending out winners left, right and centre, so it’s great to pick up the ride on Ventura Knight for him.
Even though this looks as competitive as you would expect, I’m really looking forward to riding him as he showed such a tough attitude last time. That’s exactly what you need in a race like this.
He likes fast ground and should go well. There are plenty of dangers lurking off low weights at the foot of the handicap, though, so it won’t be easy.
James Garfield – 3.25pm Haydock (Sandy Lane Stakes)
It’s nice to be back on James Garfield for George Scott in the Sandy Lane Stakes.
He’s such a nice horse and he felt in really good form when I sat on him earlier in the week. He seems to go on any ground and lines up here having won the Greenham and run well in the 2000 Guineas.
The big question mark here is how he copes with the drop back to six furlongs as he meets some real speedy types. The likes of Invincible Army and Heartache will be tough to beat.
4.00pm Haydock (Temple Stakes)
No ride for me in the Temple Stakes where Battash should be too good for this lot, despite having to carry a penalty.
Sprinters like him don’t come along too often and if he returns in the same form as when spread-eagling the Abbaye field on Arc day, they won’t see which way he goes.
I suppose Kachy looks the one who will give him most to think about, but I cannot see him getting beaten.
Rock On Baileys – 4.35pm Haydock
I’m hoping that Rock On Baileys will put up a decent show on her return to six furlongs.
This does look a red-hot contest, so she will have to up her game to take a hand in the finish.
She takes her racing well, hence the quick reappearance, but if Aidan O’Brien has rejuvenated Different League, she could be just that.
Athollblair Boy – 5.10pm Haydock
I ride Athollblair Boy for Nigel Tinkler who has been in really good form on the Tapeta surface at Newcastle this year.
He has yet to finish out of the first two in four starts and lines up here in great spirits.
This is a big step up, though, and he is 14lbs higher in the weights than when he last ran on turf.
Baileys Excelerate – 5.45pm Haydock
Another ride for Mark Johnston in the shape of Baileys Excelerate who was a bit disappointing on his return to action at Newmarket last month.
He may well have needed that and I take heart from the fact that his win last season came on a fast surface.
There are only four rivals here with stablemate Lucky Deal looking a big danger. Saeed bin Suroor’s Deyaarna bids for a hat-trick but isn’t race fit.
Nayel – 6.15pm Haydock
My final ride on a long afternoon at Haydock is Nayel for Richard Hannon.
I don’t know too much about the horse, although he won on his first run back at Windsor earlier in the month. He has only gone up 2lbs for that effort and hopefully he can go well again now he has the winning bug.
Sir Michael Stoute’s Karawaan looks dangerously well-handicapped at the foot of the weights.