Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 4th August 2017
Silvestre de Sousa Blog – 4th August 2017
The best part of 50mm fell on the track on Wednesday and I have never known riding conditions like it. It was really hard work and will remain a test now for the rest of the week, even if the sun comes out.
The weather was obviously kind on Thursday, but I just felt so sorry for all the racegoers on Wednesday. Not only was it pouring all day, but the rain also deprived us of the Ribchester v Churchill battle we were all hoping to see in the Sussex Stakes. Anyway, onto Friday’s action…
No ride in the opener and on paper it looks a straight match between Frontiersman and Poet’s Word. However, neither would have encountered ground like this and I wouldn’t be surprised if either or both were taken out.
If conditions don’t dry out much then Lord Yeats could surprise a few as he goes well when the mud is flying.
Solomon’s Bay – Goodwood 14:25
The withdrawal of the French horse Trais Fluors gives this race a wide-open looking feel. I ride Solomon’s Bay for Roger Varian who definitely has a chance if reproducing his Epsom running.
There was some ease in the conditions that day which gives me grounds for optimism in thinking he may handle the going. He will need to step up again, but conditions are a great leveller. Make Time loves cut in the ground and looks the one to beat.
Again, no ride for me in the competitive mile handicap where the draw may not quite be as significant now that the rain has come.
That said, I’d still prefer a low draw and Master The World and Ryan Moore look the ones to beat from stall three. He was only beaten a head in this race 12 months ago and is a really tough handicapper who seems to handle all types of ground.
The feature race of the day and again look out for non-runners. Battaash has looked really good in two runs at Sandown so far this season but both of those have come on fast ground. He certainly won’t have his conditions here and I would be surprised if he ran.
Profitable loves soft ground and won the King’s Stand at Royal Ascot last season. He ran well to be second in that race this year and will be hard to beat here.
Rufus King – Goodwood 16:10
I’m on Rufus King for Mark Johnston in the nursery who was a good winner at Ascot last time. He seems to be improving with each run and has gone well with cut in the ground before.
However, this would take a monster performance to carry 9st 10lbs to victory in this ground here as there looks to be some useful types lurking at the foot of the weights.
Tundra – Goodwood 16:40
My final ride of the day at Goodwood is another for Roger (Varian). I rode Tundra when she won at Lingfield earlier in the summer, but this will require a lot more. She has never raced on ground like this and, more importantly, she has never raced against fillies like Mix And Mingle, Daban and Bletchley.