Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 30th June 2018

Silvestre de Sousa’s 188BET Blog – Saturday 30th June 2018      

I’ve been enjoying watching the World Cup and listening to it on the radio in the car too. Brazil were okay the other night, but they’ll really have to improve with the knock-out stages getting underway. They just aren’t quite playing the quality football I know they are capable of, but hopefully that will come.

One team that has impressed me though is Mexico and I’m convinced they may upset some more fancied teams from now on…

Anyway, enough about football and onto the horses. Looking back at Royal Ascot last week and I was delighted to finish the meeting off with a couple of winners. Riding a winner anywhere is a thrill, but its an unbelievable feeling doing it on the biggest stage of them all.

Dash Of Spice

He did it really well in the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes and now has a Royal Ascot win as well as a victory at Epsom on Derby Day on his CV. He is progressing with every race and it was so nice to ride a winner for Mr Elsworth and Jeff Smith as they have been big supporters of mine. As for where the horse goes next, he could be one for a race like the Ebor, but I’ll leave that one for his trainer and owner to decide.

Ostillo

He did so well to win the Britannia having raced so freely for the first half of the race. Only the very good horses can quicken again late on having been so keen so early. He too has a bright future and could easily drop back in trip too as he is not short of pace.

As for this weekend’s action and I will be flying out to Ireland on Saturday morning to ride at the Curragh for the Irish Derby….

 

Duke Of Firenze – 2.15pm Curragh

It’s nice to have picked up the ride on Duke Of Firenze in the Rockingham Handicap for David Griffiths. He’s a grand old horse who has had many good days in the past. He is still very competitive in these sprints and I’m hoping he can roll back the years. His mark has slipped down to 102 and I think he has every chance in what looks a wide-open race.

 

Marie’s Diamond – 4.35pm Curragh

The first of my two rides for Mark Johnston and I’m on Marie’s Diamond in the Railway Stakes. He won nicely at Chester last time and I was on him when he won on his debut at Leicester. He’s a nice colt, but this will require more with Aidan O’Brien’s Van Beethoven looking the obvious one.

 

Dee Ex Bee – 5.15pm Curragh (Irish Derby)

I am very grateful to Sheikh Mohammed and trainer Mark Johnston for allowing me to keep the ride on Dee Ex Bee who I rode to finish second last time in the Investec Derby at Epsom. That was a hell of a run behind Masar and this horse just seems to be improving with every race. I haven’t actually sat on him since his Epsom heroics, but I can’t wait to get back on him. He is tough, he stays and the ground at the Curragh should be spot on as I know they have put plenty of water on the track. I suppose it all depends on if the real Saxon Warrior turns up as he definitely didn’t fire at Epsom for whatever reason. If he lines up here in the same form he was in at Newmarket for the 2000 Guineas he will take plenty of stopping. We’ll give it our best shot though and I cannot wait.

As for the action back on these shores and my trip to the Curragh means that I am unable to ride at Newcastle at their Northumberland Plate meeting…

2.05pm Newcastle (Northumberland Plate)

A really quality looking renewal with Roger Charlton’s Withhold looking the obvious one. The five-year-old has not been seen in action since I won the Cesarewitch on him last October. Life will be tougher off this 12lb higher mark, but he won in the style of a very good horse that day and that may not be enough to stop him. Amazing Red and Royal Ascot scorer Lagostovegas are race fit and in great form, but they may struggle to stop Withhold winning again.