Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 2nd August 2017
Silvestre de Sousa Blog – 2nd August 2017
After missing out on riding at Goodwood on the opening day of the meeting, I am looking forward to heading down to Sussex for some nice rides on the second day. Here are my thoughts…
Aurora Gray – Goodwood 13:50
Not many flat horses stay 2m 4 1/2f, but luckily my mount Aurora Gray looks like she will relish every yard of it.
Hughie Morrison’s filly has been a revelation since stepping up to these marathon trips and she is yet to finish out of the frame over two miles and further. Obviously, this will require another step up and we will need plenty of luck with a flag start, but she is in good form and can put up a bold show.
Hochfeld – Goodwood 14:25
Mark Johnston has a terrific record at this meeting and I am delighted to be on one of his in the second race. Hochfeld has been in terrific form recently and only just missed out on landing the hat-trick at Hamilton last time.
This is obviously really competitive, but he lines up in good heart and I’m hoping I can get a good tune out of him. Stablemate Sofia’s Rock looks the one we all have to beat and will be hard to peg back under Ryan Moore.
Molecomb Stakes – Goodwood 15:00
I’ve no ride in the Molecomb Stakes over the flying five furlongs where all eyes will be on American filly Happy Like A Fool. Her bubble was burst a bit in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot, but she will still take some catching.
I’m not sure how many times her pilot Mike Smith has ridden Goodwood before and it certainly won’t be what she or he is used to. If she doesn’t fire, in-form Karl Burke’s Havana Grey will be there to pick up the pieces.
Sussex Stakes – Goodwood 15:35
Another race I’m watching from the weighing room is the Sussex Stakes, which looks like a straight match between Ribchester and Churchill.
There shouldn’t be much between them and I would probably pick Churchill if I had the choice. I’m prepared to give him the one disappointing run at Royal Ascot and the 7lbs weight allowance he gets could be crucial.
Teenage Gal – Goodwood 16:10
A really competitive fillies’ maiden where I ride Teenage Gal, a newcomer for Ed Dunlop. She is drawn all on her own in trap one which means I can put her in the race whenever I want. In fact, as the runners are likely to congregate over towards the stands side, I will have my pick of most of the track!
In all seriousness, I have never sat on her so don’t know too much. I do know the stables debutantes normally improve a bundle for the run so I expect she will step up on whatever she does here.
Sagely – Goodwood 16:45
My final ride of the day at Goodwood is another for Ed Dunlop. Sagely was a good second in this off a 1lb higher mark 12 months ago and hopefully can go one better this time! I finished a good close-up third on her at Salisbury a few weeks ago which would have put her spot on for another tilt at this race.
I’m not riding in the last as I’m heading to Sandown but it looks a wide-open seven-furlong handicap. If the weather forecasters are to be believed it could be pretty wet come the last and it will be interesting to see how much gets into the ground.
Aidan O’Brien doesn’t run many in handicaps, so it will be interesting to see how Cenotaph gets on, while Noble Peace deserves a bit of luck.