Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 5th August 2017
Silvestre de Sousa 188BET Blog – 5th August 2017
It’s the final day of Glorious Goodwood, and if retiring clerk of the course Seamus Buckley is to be believed, we could well be racing on good to soft ground.
That’s amazing considering 50mm fell at the track on Wednesday, but it does dry out particularly fast here and even quicker when the wind blows. You still need to be on a runner who can handle the cut, but the course will definitely ride better…
Lucky Beggar – Goodwood 13:50
Plenty have an opinion on the draw in these big sprints and like Royal Ascot, it seems to have changed from side to side here all week. At the time of writing I guess a low draw is what you want, but that could easily change.
Lucky Beggar, my mount in the Stewards’ Cup consolation race, breaks from stall eight, so I guess I should be pleased with that. He’s had a busy season and David Griffiths has done really well with him winning twice.
Another plus is the fact he has gone well with cut in the ground in the past too, so if the rain reappeared that wouldn’t stop him either. He’s been dropped a few pounds by the handicapper but needs to bounce back to form to beat the likes of Scorching Heat and The Wagon Wheel here.
Soldier In Action – Goodwood 14:25
A really valuable staying handicap where I ride the ultra-tough Soldier In Action for Mark Johnston. He was a good winner at Epsom on Derby Day and having disappointed at Ascot, ran really well to be second in the Old Newton Cup at Haydock.
This won’t be easy off top weight over this trip, but you can never rule out one of Johnston’s around here. Looking at the others and Sir Michael Stoute has a very strong hand with Mainstream, Shraaoh and Platitude all with chances.
No ride for me in the Gordon Stakes in what looks a straight match between Crystal Ocean and Khalidi who are both looking to book a place in the St Leger line-up. I suppose if I had a pick it would be Crystal Ocean, though if the rain comes again Mount Moriah cannot be ruled out either.
Danzeno – Goodwood 15:35
The big race of the day is the Stewards’ Cup which is now worth a cool £250,000! I ride one of the leading fancies Danzeno who has a leading chance on the back of two really good runs at Ascot.
He was a close fifth in the Stewards’ Cup and then won well back there last month. Don’t forget he was contesting Group One’s this time last year and if he is back to his best he is a definite player.
He’s gone well on the soft before his draw in stall 16 means we have the choice of going either side. You can never be confident about a ride in a rice like this, but I wouldn’t swap him for anything.
Dee Ex Bee – Goodwood 16:10
Another nice ride for Johnston on his newcomer Dee Ex Bee in the two-year-old maiden. He has a good record in this race and this well-bred son of Farhh holds an entry in the Champagne Stakes. Whether he is good enough to win first time of asking remains to be seen, but I’m looking forward to sitting on him.
Battered – Goodwood 16:45
My final ride of Glorious Goodwood 2017 is Battered for William Haggas. He wears blinkers for the first time having run a little below par on his last two starts and hopefully they will trigger a response. If he can return to the form that saw him win on soft at York back in May, he is the one they all have to beat.