Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 2nd September 2017
Silvestre de Sousa 188BET Blog – Saturday 2nd September 2017
Saturday looks like being another busy day for me as I have nine booked rides at two separate meetings. After riding out at home in Newmarket, I’ll head off to Sandown for six rides before travelling back via Chelmsford for three more at their evening meeting.
That means an awful lot of time in the car, probably around six hours in total when you add it up. I’m very lucky to have Paul driving me as it takes away a lot of the stress. Also, it allows me to catch up on my sleep.
I’d say that I will probably nod off for at least three hours in that time which is a real help. It means that I can recharge my batteries and switch off from the day-to-day stresses of riding.
Anyway, here are my thoughts on my six Sandown rides…
Bahamian Sunrise – 1.50pm Sandown
Only the 10 runners in the opener where I am really pleased to have picked up a ride for John Gallagher aboard his Bahamian Sunrise. It’s a nice spare to pick up as the five-year-old is in good form and has won both starts here at Sandown. His last two decent runs have come in weak small four-runner affairs and this will require a lot more.
De Bruyne Horse – 2.25pm Sandown
If De Bruyne Horse can reproduce his Epsom form from the Woodcote Stakes back in June when he beat me on Cardsharp, he is a definite player in this. Things haven’t been plain sailing since, despite a Listed win in France, but he should find this a little easier than some of the assignments he has been set. Another plus is that he has miles more experience than all of these with this been his ninth run of the season. Looking at the opposition, I have huge respect for Masar who could be very smart.
Tisbutadream – 3.00pm Sandown
A really competitive renewal of the Atalanta Stakes where I ride Tisbutadream for David Elsworth. She won a nice pot here three starts back and has held her form well, including when just being beaten at Deauville a few weeks ago. This looks even tougher though and she will have to be at her best to beat the likes of Aljazzi, even with her nice three-year-old allowance.
Mutarakez – 3.35pm Sandown
Connections of Mutarakez would have been delighted with the rain that hit Esher earlier this week and will be hoping for a bit more. Brian Meehan’s five-year-old was a close-up third here back in July and has had a little break. I’m not saying he will win as he looks massively up against it on paper, I just reckon he will outrun his odds.
Crownthorpe – 4.10pm Sandown
Not that many runners in the nursery, but it looks a really competitive race. I ride Crownthorpe for Richard Fahey who has yet to win in five starts to date, but he’s been placed in four of those starts and has been a bit unlucky not to get off the mark. He has a nice light weight, but whether he can win a race like this remains to be seen.
Swilly Sunset – 5.20pm Sandown
I’m really excited to get back aboard Swilly Sunset as the pair of us look for our fifth straight win of the season. He has been unbelievably consistent and it would be no surprise if his winning streak continued off just a 3lb higher mark. The step up in trip was no bother last time, but the step up in grade now make this his biggest test to date.
Then I will make the mad dash back to Chelmsford for three more rides…
Ventura Knight – 7.20pm Chelmsford
My best chance of a winner in the evening is definitely Ventura Knight for Mark Johnston. The soft ground prevented him from winning his fourth straight race when last seen at Ascot back in July and he has missed engagements since because of the ground. He should have no issues with this artificial surface and I’m really looking forward to getting back on him.
Supersta – 7.50pm Chelmsford
Arguably the most competitive handicap of the day where I ride Supersta for Mick Appleby in a really valuable prize. Some of the best seven-furlong handicappers in the country take their chance here, including Ibn Malik, Squats, Fastnet Tempest, El Hayem and Masham Star to name just five. This looks really tough for my mount who may just need a little help from the handicapper before he wins again.
Dark Side Dream – 8.20pm Chelmsford
My last ride before bed is Dark Side Dream in the penultimate race of the night. He looks sure to run his usual consistent race as he has only been out of the frame once in his last 10 starts. He may too need a little help from the handicapper if he is to win a race like this. The two that catch my eye are Big Tour for Godolphin and Summer Chorus for Andrew Balding. If we finish in front of either of those two we are doing well.