Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 7th July 2018
Silvestre de Sousa’s 188BET Blog – Saturday 7th July 2018
Last weekend was particularly busy flying to Ireland on Saturday for the Irish Derby and then flying to France on Sunday to ride at Saint-Cloud. I suppose it’s good to be getting the opportunities to ride good horses in these Group One races, but it’s frustrating when things don’t go to plan. Marie’s Diamond ran one hell of a race to be second in the Railway Stakes, but things didn’t go so well for Dee Ex Bee in the Irish Derby. The ground was definitely on the quick side for him and losing a shoe didn’t help much either. He’ll be back to fight another day and will be better suited by a bit more cut in the ground. As for Sunday’s action and Orbaan did really well to get up in the shadows of the post to win the Listed mile race at Saint-Cloud. I’m unbeaten on him now and his star is rising all the time. As for Salouen, he ran another cracker to finish third in the Group One Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud. Once again, he was headed very late on and he really does deserve that win at the highest level.
Saturday will be another really busy day as I have five rides at Haydock and then head off to Nottingham for another six in the evening. I’ll guess I’ll be in the car on my way to the races listening to England against Sweden… that Brazil v England final is still very much on! Here are my thoughts on my Saturday rides…
Austrian School – 12:35 Haydock
A really early start at Haydock to prevent clashes with the football and I ride Austrian School for Mark Johnston. I haven’t ridden him before, but he has won half of his eight races under rules and has won over this 1m 6f trip before. He is one of three runners in the race for the Johnston team who also have Making Miracles who is likely to go well too.
Mrs Sippy – 1:10pm Haydock (Lancashire Oaks)
Only the seven runners for the feature race on the card and I’m looking forward to riding the lightly-raced Mrs Sippy for David Simcock. She really caught the eye at Newbury last time when running on late behind Sea Of Class at Newbury and gets a really decent allowance as she is a three-year-old. John Gosden always sends a nice filly to this race and Precious Ramotswe could be hard to beat, while I also respect Luca Cumani’s God Given too.
Sofia’s Rock – 1:45pm Haydock (Old Newton Cup)
A wide-open competitive looking renewal of the Old Newton Cup where it’s easy to make a case for at least half of them. I ride Sofia’s Rock for Mark Johnston who won really well here on similar fast ground. He bounced out and did it all from the front that day, so I guess the plan will be to try and repeat that. It won’t be easy though off a 10lb higher mark, but we will give it our best shot. Looking at the others and the one that stands out is Roger Charlton’s Atty Persse who hasn’t run for a long time since losing his way a bit last season. He has been gelded since so if he has his mind on the job now he has to be respected.
Buridan – 2:55pm Haydock
It’s nice to pick up another ride for Richard Hannon who I rode a winner for at Newbury on Thursday night. I ride Buridan for him and Al Shaqab who won nicely at Newmarket last time. He’s gone up 3lbs for that win, but hopefully that won’t stop him from being competitive in a race like this.
Yeah Baby Yeah – 3:30pm Haydock
Gay Kelleway has been doing so well of late and it was nice to see her Cosmelli win the Northumberland Vase at Newcastle last weekend. I’m back on Yeah Baby Yeah for her who I won twice on in May. She was beaten in Listed company last time and drops back into handicap company here. She only faces three rivals here, but any of the four could win. I’m hopeful she can bounce back to winning ways.
I then shoot off to Nottingham where I have six nice rides to look forward to. Hatha (6.10pm) made a pleasing start to her racing career at Yarmouth last month and it’s nice to ride one for Marco Botti. Richard Fahey has given me plenty of nice opportunities recently and I ride Mustaaqeem (7.10pm) and Ventura Gold (8.10pm) for him. Both look to have chances off top weight and should be competitive. Nibras Again takes his chance in the six-furlong handicap (6.40pm) and hopefully he can win at the 15th attempt! My other two rides are both for Mark Johnston with Danzay (8.40pm) and Afandem (7.40pm). I guess Afandem would be my best chance of the night as his second at Haydock last time showed his turn is not far away.