Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 3rd August 2017
Silvestre de Sousa Blog – 3rd August 2017
After the massive downpours on Wednesday, there was nothing ‘Glorious’ about Goodwood’s weather and it will be important to be on those that handle plenty of cut in the ground. I’ve got some interesting rides…
Hold Sway – Goodwood 13:50
My opening ride on day three is a really interesting one for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin. Hold Sway is having his first run here since being gelded back in June and if that brings about any improvement he won’t be far away.
He was a good third to Frontispiece at Sandown last time and has form with cut in the ground. We are 4lbs better off with that runner today and hopefully we can reverse that form. It’s always hard to be too confident in a race as competitive as this, but I’m sure he can go well.
Harlequeen – Goodwood 14:25
It is nice to finally see Harlequeen back on a racecourse as she hasn’t been seen in action since the Ebor meeting last August. She has obviously had her training problems and it will be one hell of a training performance from Mick Channon if she can return with a win in a race as good as this.
She has won at the track before and don’t forget that she was third in last year’s English and Irish Oaks. She may just need this, though, and Endless Time might be hard to beat.
No ride for me in the Richmond Stakes and I guess it just depends on how soft the ground gets. If it isn’t too bad, then I can’t really see beyond Cardsharp who was a good winner of the July Stakes last time.
He has a 3lb penalty to contend with here, but that may not be enough to stop him as his trainer does so well at this meeting.
No ride for me in the feature race of the day (the Nassau Stakes) where Winter steps up to 10 furlongs for the first time. The rain we have had will make it a real test but she has got better with every start this season and with her three-year-old fillies’ allowance, I cannot see beyond her. I guess the likes of Queen’s Trust and So Mi Dar will make her work hard, but I think she will win.
Starlight Mystery – Goodwood 16:10
It is hard to totally rule out any Mark Johnston horse here at Goodwood, but Starlight Mystery will have to improve on her nursery debut over this seven-furlong trip. If she can reproduce her good run on soft ground at Newbury though, I am sure she can get involved although the trip may stretch her again.
Miss Paris – Goodwood 16:45
Only the eight runners in the two-year-old fillies’ maiden and the fact that Charlie Hills’ runs Miss Paris here suggests she has some talent. I have never sat on her before and hope she can go well, despite the fact that her breeding suggests she made need time and a bit further to be seen at her best.
Carlton Frankie – Goodwood 17:20
Who knows what the ground will be like for the last where I ride Carlton Frankie for Mick Easterby. She blatantly failed to stay six furlongs last time, having won both her two starts over the minimum trip before that, so the drop back in distance will help her.
I suppose the worry is the ground as she seems to have gone well on a sound surface. The biggest danger looks to be the top one, Quench Dolly, who likes cut in the ground and has plenty of speed.