Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 3rd August 2018

Silvestre de Sousa’s 188BET Blog – Friday 3rd August 2018 

If you are looking for my name in the racecard at Goodwood on Friday afternoon, you won’t find it as I have decided to head off to Thirsk instead.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the thrill of being a jockey for me is all about riding winners and the reality is that the chances I could have had there this afternoon were just place prospects at best.

Instead, I can head up North and potentially ride at least a couple of winners, so that is where I’m heading. There is no point in turning down good opportunities just to ride on the big stage.

More about my chances at Thirsk shortly, but here are my thoughts on the big TV races at Goodwood…

1.50pm Goodwood (Glorious Stakes)

If I had to select one here it would be Mirage Dancer for Sir Michael Stoute and Ryan Moore. He won here earlier in the season and was a good second behind Best Solution at Newmarket last time. This looks a bit easier and I reckon he will be hard to beat for his in-form stable.

2.25pm Goodwood (Thorougbred Stakes)

I was aboard Ostillo when he won the Britannia Stakes at Royal Ascot last time and he steps out of handicap company for the first time in the Thoroughbred Stakes. He is a really progressive colt and I expect him to go very well, even up in class. They should go a good pace, which will help him settle which will be a big help.

3.00pm Goodwood (Golden Mile)

The draw is important here and I like the look of Seniority for Ryan Moore in the Queen’s colours. He didn’t run badly when favourite for the Royal Hunt Cup last time and has the ideal draw in stall three. Former winner Master The World is a lot higher in the weights, but it is dangerous to dismiss one who you know goes well at the track.

3.35pm Goodwood (King George Stakes)

Battaash should be very hard to beat in the King George Stakes despite having to carry a penalty. He just went a bit too hard too soon in the King’s Stand at Ascot and I expect him to bounce back to winning ways here. Kachy may just give him the lead he needs and I expect Havana Grey to go well again back at a meeting he won at last year.

Looking at my chances at Thirsk and here are my thoughts on my best hopes…

New Winds – 1.40pm Thirsk

First up I ride New Winds for Mark Johnston in the fillies’ nursery and we only have three rivals to beat. She has already won twice this season and ran really well behind Arthur Kitt in the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot. This is a lot easier and I’d be disappointed if she didn’t get my day off to a flier.

Diviner – 2.10pm Thirsk

I ride another for Mark Johnston in the second and she should have a decent chance too. Diviner is also a two-time winner this season and takes her chance here. I haven’t ridden her since she was unsuited by heavy ground on her debut, but she looked smart when making all on fast ground at Hamilton last time.

Donny Berlle – 3.20pm Thirsk

The other one worth a mention is Donny Belle in the six-furlong handicap. She is still a maiden after 10 starts but was a good second last time and hopefully the addition of first-time cheekpieces can bring out a bit of improvement.