Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 27th April 2018

My weekend plans have somewhat changed in recent days, as I had intended on flying out to Hong Kong to ride at their Champions Day meeting on Sunday. However, my commitments over here at Leicester on Saturday just makes the whole thing too tight, so I have decided to stay here. Anyway, the ITV cameras are at Sandown on Friday where I have three nice rides to look forward to.


Merlin Magic – 1.50pm Sandown (Esher Cup)

I start the day with a nice ride for David Elsworth aboard Merlin Magic in the Esher Cup. He has always been held in high regard at home and I rode him when he was only just touched off by Purser in a decent maiden at Newbury last August. I was again on him when he won his maiden at Nottingham before he was well held in the Group One Racing Post Trophy last October. He is back in far calmer waters here and I reckon he can go really well off what looks a fair mark. I’ve already had a couple of seconds for David this season and his horses are just beginning to fire. This does look a really competitive race though with John Gosden’s Kings Shield looking the one we all have to beat.

2.25pm Sandown (Gordon Richards Stakes)

No ride for me here with only the seven runners, with Sir Michael Stoute’s Crystal Ocean looking the one to beat. He has an amazing record in this contest and this would have been the planed starting point for Crystal Ocean for some time. He hasn’t been seen since finishing second in the St Leger, but the drop back in trip will suit and he will be hard to beat. If he’s not fully wound up, the likes of Fabricate will make it tough for him, but I reckon he will win.


3.00pm Sandown (Classic Trial)

Again, another race I will be sadly watching from the weighing room, It looks a really good race on paper and I really like Chilean who I won nicely on at Haydock last September. He wouldn’t mind a bit more rain but is race fit after winning at Longchamp last month and should be hard to beat. John Gosden is flying at the moment and his Sevenna Star does look a big danger.


3.35pm Sandown (Mile)

Only the eight runners, but Addeybb looks like he will be very hard to beat even though he is stepping up into Group company. He was really impressive when he won the Lincoln and looks very smart. The William Haggas yard are another team in good form.


Last Page – 4.05pm Sandown

I’m back in action in the sprint handicap where I think I have a bit of a squeak for David Evans aboard his Last Page. He is up in class here but showed a nice attitude to win at Wolverhampton earlier in the month. The fact he has already had two runs this season is another plus as he will be fit and ready to go. I rode a winner for David at Bath earlier in the week so I’m hoping this one can go well off his light weight. We also get a bit of a pull at the weights with Haddaf, so I am optimistic of a good run.


Communique – 5.05pm Sandown

My last ride of the day is for Mark Johnston where I ride his Communique in the 10 furlong handicap. This race can often throw up a nice horse and I was a little surprised to see only the six declared for it. My fella is still a maiden after three starts, but his reappearance at Chelmsford would have put him spot on for this. He shaped that day as if he is crying out for this step up in trip and he should run well here. It will be no easy task though with the likes of Glencadam Master and Rich Identity in opposition.