Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 2nd August 2018

Silvestre de Sousa’s 188BET Blog – Thursday 2nd August 2018      

It’s the third day of action here at Glorious Goodwood and after winners on both previous days, I will be hoping for another on Thursday. I have three rides and they all look to have a bit of a squeak. Having driven there and back for the last few days, there is a chance I could stay over, but I haven’t made my mind up yet.

The ground is riding beautifully and when the rain came on Sunday and Monday, plenty were talking about the potential of another soft ground Goodwood. But now the sun is shining, and the ground is drying out all the time.

At this rate they will be watering come the weekend. Anyway, looking at my rides and my thoughts on the other races…

Communique – 1.50pm Goodwood

I start off aboard Communique for Mark Johnston in the opener. He bounced back after disappointing at Ascot and York to win at the July meeting at Newmarket. I was on him at the Royal meeting where he was a well beaten favourite but that doesn’t tell the full story.

The draw cost him that day as I had to work pretty hard early to get a position and he ended up hitting the front and running with the choke out. I think he is better with a bit of cover and he has a good draw to work from this afternoon.

He’s gone up another 5lbs, but I think there is more to come and I’m hoping he can go well here. There are plenty of dangers including the likes of Rock Eagle and Al Jellaby in what should be a good race.

2.25pm Goodwood (Lillie Langtry Stakes)

No ride for me in the Lillie Langtry Stakes where God Given looks the one to beat for Luca Cumani. She ran an absolute cracker when just touched off by Horseplay last time and goes on any type of ground.

Marie’s Diamond – 3.00pm Goodwood (Richmond Stakes)

Next up it’s the two-year-olds and I’m thrilled to be back on-board Marie’s Diamond, again for Mark Johnston, in the Richmond Stakes (3.00pm). I rode a lovely two-year-old winner for the yard here on Tuesday aboard Dark Vision in the Vintage Stakes, so let’s hope for more of the same. Marie’s Diamond has had a busy season, and this will be his seventh start of the campaign.

However, he seems to be improving with every start and won the Angelsey Stakes at the Curragh last time. Previously, I finished a close second on him in the Railway Stakes at that same venue, so he lines up here with some of the best form on offer. Aidan O’Brien always has to be respected and Land Force could be the biggest danger.

3.35pm Goodwood (Lillie Langtry Stakes)

Only the six in the Nassau Stakes where I fancy the three-year-olds to come out on top against their elders. This trip looks ideal for Wild Illusion who is so consistent and deserves a Group One win this season.

Two Blondes – 4.10pm Goodwood

My final ride of the day comes in the Nursery where I’m on Two Blondes for Mick Channon. He brings plenty of experience having run the five times already and he has shaped well without getting his head in front. I finished third on him back at Leicester in June over six furlongs and I felt that this step up in trip would help. This will require a bit more but hopefully he has a decent each-way chance.