Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 29th September 2017
Silvestre de Sousa 188BET Blog – Friday 29th September 2017
We are starting to get to the business end of the season and I’m at Newmarket for day two of their Cambridgeshire meeting. The rain arrived on Wednesday night, which has taken any firmness out of the ground, so it should be perfect.
Tisbutadream – Newmarket 13:50
A really competitive opening race where I ride the ultra-consistent Tisbutadream for David Elsworth. She always seems to run her race in contests like this and has only finished out of the frame in two of her previous 11 starts.
It’s been a busy season for her, but she is entitled to go close again if she is in the same form. Amabilis looked good last time and I also have plenty of respect for Muffri’Ha if she bounces back.
Jet Streaming – Newmarket 14:25
One of the amazing things about this season is the fact I have picked up rides from so many different trainers. I cannot tell you how grateful I am for all the support they have shown me.
I am riding Jet Streaming for Adrian Keatley in the Group 3 Nayef Stakes following her travels over from Ireland.
This looks a big step up in both trip and class for her and she will find it tough against the likes of Mori. She has won twice back in Ireland already this season and here is hoping the application of a tongue tie and a hood will make all the difference.
Elizabeth Bennet – Newmarket 15:00
The big race of the day is the Rockfel Stakes where I ride Elizabeth Bennet for Charlie Hills. She hasn’t been seen since winning at Kempton back in August and that would have done wonders for her confidence.
This is a big step up in class, but connections obviously think a lot of her. It will be a very tough task to beat the likes of Nyaleti and Butterscotch who have the form in the book already.
I’ve no ride in the Joel Stakes, the last of the races on ITV. There are only nine runners but it looks a wide-open contest.
Anyone who saw Beat The Bank win at Goodwood couldn’t fail to have been impressed and he looks the one to beat again. His biggest danger looks to be Aidan O’Brien’s Sir John Lavery who was unlucky last time.
Iconic Boy – Newmarket 16:10
You tend to bump into some pretty useful un-raced types in these backend Newmarket maidens and that could easily be the case again.
I’m on Iconic Boy who makes his debut for David Elsworth. He is a nicely bred son of Cape Cross out of Snoqualmie Girl, who I rode a few times for the same connections. In fact, I won on her at Chester if my memory serves me right.
Anyway, hopefully he will turn out to be useful, but he will need to be to win a race like this first up. The one to beat looks to be O’Brien’s Coat Of Arms who has already had plenty of experience and brings group race form to the table.
Mountain Angel – Newmarket 17:20
My final ride of the day is on Mountain Angel for Roger Varian. It’s been a busy season for the colt, but he’s holding form well having only finished outside the first two once in his previous seven attempts.
The only question mark is the trip as this is his first attempt over 1m1f, but the recent rain won’t be a problem and he looks sure to run his race for a trainer in cracking form.