Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 30th September 2017
Silvestre de Sousa 188BET Blog – Saturday 30th September 2017
Another really busy Saturday for me as I ride five at Newmarket in the afternoon and then pop into Chelmsford for three more in the evening.
There is some top quality racing on show this weekend with some really good two-year old races at HQ, not to mention the Cambridgeshire where I have a really strong chance.
Then on Sunday it’s the Arc, the world’s most valuable turf race. Sadly, I have no ride but have a strong view on the race…
Only the six runners in the Royal Lodge Stakes and sadly I haven’t got a ride in the race. If I had the choice I would definitely choose Aidan O’Brien’s Nelson who looked really smart last time.
Mildenberger represents Mark Johnston and is definitely respected, as is Herculean who impressed on his debut. However, both will have their work cut out stopping Nelson.
Chica La Habana – Newmarket 14:20
My opening ride of the day comes in the Cheveley Park Stakes on the big outsider Chica La Habana. She hasn’t been seen since disappointing at Ascot in the Queen Mary back in June and this looks a red-hot race in which to return.
She was good on her debut at Pontefract and if she is in the same form, she can outrun her price. Whether she can beat the likes of Clemmie, Heartache or Threading though remains to be seen.
One I think will run really well at a decent price is Madeline for Roger Varian. She is tough and consistent and should be bang there.
Another valuable race I will be watching from the weighing room with very little to separate the top three contenders in the Middle Park.
Sands Of Mali, Sioux Nation and Unfortunately are all colts with bright futures, but I prefer the chances of Beckford. He will relish the better surface and the return to six furlongs and can run really well.
Big Country – Newmarket 15:35
The Cambridgeshire is the big betting race of the day and I’m very excited to be riding one of the favourites in Big Country for Mick Appleby.
We won a decent prize at Kempton back in April and he ran a cracker to be second to Ballet Concerto at York back July. He is only 1lb higher in the weights and this race has been the plan for some time. The fact that he has form over further is another big positive as you need stamina to win a race like this.
Our biggest danger looks to be main market rival Thundering Blue who won well last time. He looks to be well handicapped and won’t be far away.
Sigrid Nansen – Newmarket 16:10
Trainer George Scott had the biggest day of his training career last weekend when James Garfield won the Mill Reef at Newbury and I’m delighted that he has asked me to ride for him here. Sigrid Nansen has had two solid runs to date but is in at the deep end here against some exciting looking fillies.
Bye Bye Baby for Aidan O’Brien and Altyn Orda for Roger Varian look the two obvious ones and if we can get anywhere near those two we will be in the mix.
Cosmopolitan Queen – Newmarket 16:45
There isn’t a filly in the nursery with more experience than Cosmopolitan Queen and on bits and pieces of her form, she is entitled to run well. She wears cheekpieces for the first time and hopefully that can help improve her too. The obvious danger looks to be Richard Fahey’s Exhort who is bidding to land the hat-trick.
Robero – Newmarket 17:20
A typically wide-open looking Newmarket handicap where I ride Robero for Mick Easterby. He ran really well for me when winning at Pontefract in July and wasn’t beaten far in the Bunbury Cup when turned out quickly after that.
His efforts at Ripon last time weren’t so good, but the handicapper has dropped him another 1lb for that and he could go well.
Sunday – 15:05 Chantilly
Sadly, I have no ride in this year’s Arc de Triomphe where, if I’m honest, I can only see the one winner. John Gosden’s Enable really is a special filly and with all her allowances will be incredibly hard to beat. She looks in a different class to her rivals and the only close race will be the one for second place!