Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 28th April 2018
I’ve got another busy weekend with nine rides across two cards, so hopefully there’s a winner or two in there somewhere. After riding at Leicester I’ll be making the shortish trip to Wolverhampton for the evening where, hopefully, I can finish the day with a winner.
Bahamian Dollar ran well when finishing third to Mick Channon’s Mobsta in a close finish last time. The ground looks like being quite soft which I hope he’ll like and he could run a big race, although I’d prefer it not to be too testing.
You never know how the two-year-olds are going to be first time up, particularly on soft ground, but Marie’s Diamond is well connected with Middleham Park and Mark Johnston. The yard is doing quite well with their two-year-olds so far so I’d imagine he’s ready to go.
Lahore is a lovely horse, but this looks like a very competitive race with the likes of Jallota and Kimberella in there. Roger Varian also looks to have a very nice horse in Emmaus but I wouldn’t change mine for any of the others. He’s got a very good each-way chance and is probably my best ride of the day.
I’ve not ridden Artarmon before but he was a good second last time and could well build on that to win this. This looks like another competitive race but we get weight from all of the field which always helps. We’ve also got the benefit of having already had a run this season which a few of the others don’t, so we should be one of the fitter horses in the race.
I rode Kerre last time and she finished a very close third, with just a short-head and a nose separating us. The pace just cranked up a bit too much in the back straight and we were just run out of it in the end. William Jarvis now puts the headgear back on her which should help and I’m hopeful of a big run.
Raakid won last time out and although this race looks a bit tougher, I think he goes there with a good chance. Sometimes it can be tricky going up in the weights after a win but he’s obviously in good form and will hopefully go well again. He’s proven on the all-weather too which is a bonus.
I’ve ridden Arab Moon a few times and, having won on him twice, I can say he’s a very nice horse that always tries really hard and loves the all-weather. He finished down the field last time but he should have come on from that first run of the season. Charlie Appleby’s horse, Hamada, may be the big danger if he’s ready to go first time up.
George’s [Scott] horses have been running very well. He won the Greenham at Newbury with James Garfield last weekend – hopefully Keir Hardie has been giving him a lead on the gallops! This horse didn’t seem to get home over 1m2f last time, so the step back to the extended mile could be in his favour.
Things need to go right for Big Amigo. Thankfully there looks to be a few possible frontrunners in the race as he likes to come off a strong pace. If they go a good gallop, he could run well.