Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 7th October 2017
Silvestre de Sousa 188BET Blog – Saturday 7th October 2017
There are only two weeks left of the flat season, but I’m still as busy as ever and will continue to push hard until the last day of the season.
I’ve got a healthy lead in the race to be Stobart Champion Flat Jockey and have to thank so many people for all their support to this point.
The key is I take each day as it comes and my immediate focus now is on hitting 150 winners for the season.
Back to Brazil
As for what happens after Champions Day itself, all I know is that I’m going to have a little time off back in Brazil – I definitely need a holiday!
Then, I’ve got the small matter of becoming a father again in November, so it’s no rest in the De Sousa household. I guess then I’ll look at going back out to Hong Kong, but there is quite a lot to focus on before that.
My retainer with Prince Faisal means I am heading to Redcar on Saturday, where I am booked for eight rides. It’s one of their big race days of the season with the Two-Year-Old Trophy and it’s great to have a ride in every race…
Rich Identity – Redcar 13:40
I am so grateful for all the opportunities Roger Varian has given me this season and, once again, I am riding a really exciting prospect for him in the opening novice event.
Rich Identity made a very promising start to his racing career when a close second at Yarmouth on his debut and should improve again for the outing. He should be very competitive here with Mark Johnston’s Big Kitten looking the obvious danger.
Comporta – Redcar 14:10
My ride in the second division of the novice event actually finished behind Rich Identity in that Yarmouth maiden a few weeks back.
I was aboard Comporta that day who just got a bit tired late on and is another who will come on for that racecourse experience. That was his first day at school and he will know more about what is required now. His stable has been in great form of late and I’m looking forward to the ride.
Rita’s Man – Redcar 14:45
When Rita’s Man bolted up in a handicap at Ripon back in May, he was winning for the second time in a row and looked on an upward curve. He gave me a nice feel that day, but has struggled since and now finds himself in a seller.
His last four runs have been a bit disappointing and connections now reach for first time cheekpieces to try and trigger a response. If he returns to the form he was in at Ripon, he will be very tough to beat. That’s a big ‘if’ though!
Simmy’s Copshop – Redcar 15:20
A typically wide-open renewal of the Two-Year-old Trophy where I ride Simmy’s Copshop for Richard Fahey. He was outclassed at Royal Ascot but has been a model of consistency since finishing in the first four on all four starts since.
He is tough and handles any type of ground and should put up a bold show. His trainer is a master at winning races like this and is also represented by Crownthorpe, who I won on at Sandown last month.
It’s hard to single out one of the other 22 runners as a big danger, but if I had to it would be another Fahey runner in Darkanna. She wasn’t beaten far behind Clemmie at Newmarket last weekend and looks the one to beat.
Lahore – Redcar 15:55
The main reason I head to Redcar is to ride Lahore for Roger (Varian) in the listed seven-furlong Guisborough Stakes. He was a mightily impressive winner at Doncaster last month and looks a really exciting three-year-old.
His only defeat came in a muddling Group race in France and I’m keen on his chances here. This will take some winning though with the likes of Stamp Hill, Jallota and Yattwee all respected.
Rashford’s Double – Redcar 16:30
Another nice ride for Richard (Fahey) and I’m hoping that Rashford’s Double can rediscover last season’s winning form. Don’t forget he rattled off a hat-trick this time last year but has struggled to get his head in front since.
He was gelded back in May and has twice finished a good second since, once at Redcar and then last time at Newcastle. This would be a nice prize to land and I’m hoping he can run his usual solid race.
Dream Machine – Redcar 17:05
There is a really good field for the 10-furlong handicap where I ride Dream Machine for Michael Bell. We are one of 15 runners in what really does look the most open of races.
I mentioned the gelding operation before and this is the perfect example of how it can transform a horse’s form. Unplaced in all four starts as a two-year-old, he was gelded last December and hasn’t looked back since.
He has won two of his six races so far this season and has yet to finish out of the frame. He won nicely at Epsom last time and even though he has gone up in the weights, he may still be improving.
Imperial Legend – Redcar 17:40
My final ride of a busy day is Imperial Legend for Alan Brown. The eight-year-old hasn’t won since May 2016 but his handicap mark has fallen as a result.
This is his lowest mark for over five years and he didn’t run too badly at Newcastle two starts back. The handicapper has definitely given him a chance here and let’s hope the fire still burns within him.