Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 6th May 2018
It’s QIPCO 1000 Guineas day at Newmarket and I’ve got four nice rides to look forward to, including a decent chance in the big one itself aboard Dan’s Dream.
Anyway, more about her and my other three chances later. The weather is set fair at Newmarket and the ground is drying out all the time, meaning that it should be just on the quicker side of good by the time racing starts.
It will be interesting to see what difference that makes to the draw and whether it will pay to be drawn near that stands side rail.
It’s a busy time of year and after Newmarket, attentions will turn to Chester from Wednesday onwards with the 188BET Chester Cup. I’ll be back each day of next week’s meeting with a daily blog. Anyway, back to Sunday’s action…
I’m always delighted to pick up a ride for William Haggas and am reunited with his The Grand Visir who I rode on his last start when a bit disappointing at York last October. He was favourite for that 1m6f handicap on the back of a nice win at Newmarket over today’s shorter trip, so I’m hoping the drop in distance will help.
Whether he’s fully wound up on his first start of the season remains to be seen, but I’m hoping he can go well in what looks a wide-open race. I suppose the obvious one is Sir Michael Stoute’s Adamant who ran on really well at Newbury last time and is well worth a try over this trip. He may well be really well handicapped off his current mark.
No ride for me here and I’ll be very interested to see how Wuheida gets on first time out this season. She hasn’t been seen since winning at the Breeders’ Cup last November but is a class act and should be too good for these even with a penalty.
Arguably the most competitive race of the day, the six furlong handicap looks wide-open and I ride Victory Angel for Roger Varian. I won on him twice last season, including at this track, but he is a lot higher in the weights now. This will be tough for him, but I’m hoping he can put up a bold show.
Looking at the opposition and I’d be keen on the chances of the top two, Gifted Master and Magical Memory, if they can bounce back. They have been running at much higher levels that this recently and may just be the class horses in here.
The big race of the day and I’m delighted to have been asked to ride Dan’s Dream for Mick Channon after we won the Fred Darling at Newbury.
She’s a lovely filly who just seems to be getting better with every start. She got the job done really nicely last time and deserves a crack at this race, even though she will need to step up considerably again if she is to win. Her draw in stall four probably isn’t ideal, but she will be held up off the pace anyway and I’ll be looking for cover.
There are dangers lurking everywhere with Aidan O’Brien’s pair of Happily and I Can Fly looking the obvious two. I rode Altyn Orda last time and she is smart, but one that could go well at a monster price is Madeline. She’s a lovely filly and I think she may be the dark horse in the race.
My final ride of the weekend is Midnight Wilde for John Ryan in the last. He has just 8st 4lbs in the saddle so I won’t be eating much breakfast! On paper he has a fair bit to do to take a hand in a race like this, but he has been gelded since he was last seen on a racecourse last September and gets plenty of weight from the leading contenders.