Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 31st July 2018
Silvestre de Sousa’s 188BET Blog – Tuesday 31st July 2018
The opening day of Glorious Goodwood and it’s a meeting I really enjoy riding at. There’s a wonderful atmosphere and the course is set right in the heart of the most magical countryside. It’s just like Royal Ascot with all its quality racing and fashion, but with a little less pressure. As for riding the track, it’s a unique course and one you need to know how to ride with all its undulations and turns.
Position is really important around Goodwood and the smallest lapse in concentration can cost you dearly around here. I’ve got three nice rides to start the meeting with including Desert Skyline in the feature Goodwood Cup. Here are my thoughts on my chances and also on the other televised race I don’t have a ride in…
The meeting kicks off with a traditionally competitive 10-furlong handicap where I ride Medrano for Daniel Kubler. He sneaks in here off a light weight, but the pick of all his form seems to be on the all-weather.
On paper he has a bit to do to trouble the leading fancies, but we will give it our best shot. Mark Johnston has always done well in this race, so his top-weight Rainbow Rebel has to be respected as he is in such good form.
However, the one I fear most would be Dark Red for Ed Dunlop. He actually passed the post in front in this race last year before being chucked out and can go well again. He is really consistent and also handles the track.
I’m thrilled to have picked up the ride aboard Dark Vision for Mark Johnston in the Vintage Stakes. He takes a big step up in class here having won both his two starts at Yarmouth and York but deserves his chance in a race like this.
The step up to seven furlongs should suit too and I’m hoping he will go well. There are plenty of obvious dangers, but I was particularly taken by the way that Confiding won on his debut in a good race. He looks the one to beat.
No ride for me in the Lennox Stakes where the two that standout for me are Sir Dancealot and the three-year-old Tip Two Win. Sir Dancealot ran a cracker to finish fourth in the July Cup last time and the step back up to seven furlongs will be ideal.
He’s in great form and will take some beating. If one is to beat him, it could well be Tip Two Win who looked to be crying out for the drop back to seven furlongs at Royal Ascot last time. His previous second in the 2000 Guineas is rock-solid form and he adds class to the race.
The feature race of the opening day is the Goodwood Cup where I ride Desert Skyline for David Elsworth. He is on a bit of a retrieval mission after running no sort of race in the Ascot Gold Cup. I’m not really sure why he didn’t fire that day as he just didn’t give me the same feel as he had done at York on his previous starts.
If he can bounce back, he has a definite each-way chance although it is going to be hard to beat last year’s winner Stradivarius. Desert Skyline finished third to him 12 months ago and he was a really impressive winner of the Ascot Gold Cup last month. He sets a pretty high standard, but we will give it a go.