Silvestre De Sousa Blog | 9th September 2017

Silvestre de Sousa 188BET Blog – Saturday 9th September 2017

It’s been a testing week for me as I have had a terrible bout of ‘man flu’! I rode a nice winner at Ripon on Monday and then was forced to sit Tuesday out as I felt pretty rough.

I took up all my rides on Wednesday, but didn’t have much luck so that made me feel even worse. I gave a stint in the sauna a go too, but that didn’t seem to help much. The only thing to do was to take Thursday off as well and get myself fit and well again for a busy weekend.

Speaking of which, I’ve got a really busy day planned for Saturday with a total of 10 rides booked between Haydock and Wolverhampton. That means plenty of driving, plenty of sleeping, and, hopefully, plenty of winners!


I start the day at Haydock where I have six nice rides to look forward to…

Sophie P – Haydock 13:20

The day starts with a ride aboard Sophie P in the fillies’ handicap. I have never ridden her before, but she is the best filly in the race on ratings.  She didn’t cover herself in glory at York last time, but that was in a hot race and this will be easier.

If she can translate her good form from Ayr over to Haydock then she is definitely a contender here. I also like the fact that she handles cut in the ground as there seems to be plenty of rain around.


Chilean – Haydock 13:50

It’s nice to ride another nice horse for Martyn Meade and Chilean must have a chance in the Listed two-year-old race. He ran a really eye-catching race at Newmarket on his debut before making no mistake at Chelmsford last time.

This will require a lot more against the likes of Dee Ex Bee, Dubhe, Dark Acclaim and Learn By Heart, but my colt will handle the trip and ground and can go well.


Magical Memory – Haydock 14:25

I am thrilled to have a ride in the Haydock Sprint Cup aboard Magical Memory for Charlie Hills. We finished third in this race a couple of years ago on the only occasion I have ridden him.

He seems in good form this season and proved he can handle soft ground with a good win at Newbury two starts back. Whether he is good enough to beat the likes of Harry Angel, Brando, Tasleet and The Tin Man remains to be seen, but we will give it a good go!


Soie D’Leau – Haydock 15:00

A typical trappy looking Haydock sprint where I am on last year’s winner Soie D’Leau. He has had a very busy summer, but seems to be at his best at this time of year as he showed 12 months ago. He lines up off a 3lb lower mark and is proven on the ground so hopefully will put up a bold show.


Victory Bond – Haydock 15:35

For a horse as talented as Victory Bond, it must be so frustrating that he hasn’t won since his maiden at Ripon last year. He was really good when third in a valuable race at York on his reappearance and wasn’t beaten far when favourite for the John Smith’s Cup.

He was a bit unlucky returning to a mile last time too and there is definitely a decent prize in him. This is a hot race though and it’s hard to rule out any of the 10 runners.


Tawdeea – Haydock 16:10

My last ride of the day at Haydock is Tawdeea for David O’Meara in the penultimate race. He hasn’t won yet this season but ran well here in a visor when fifth in the Old Newton Cup.

The visor didn’t work at Ascot last time and are replaced with cheek pieces again. If he can return to the form of two starts back off a 2lb lower mark he is definitely a contender here.


Then it’s a mad dash down the M6 to Wolverhampton for four more…

Midsummer Knight – Wolverhampton 19:00

Mick Channon’s Midsummer Knight was a good second at Windsor back in June and is a winner waiting to happen. Having said that, this looks an above average novice event for the track.


Indian Warrior – Wolverhampton 19:30

I haven’t ridden Indian Warrior on any of his five starts, but he looks really consistent having only finished out of the frame once. He’s been a beaten favourite twice now and deserves to get his head in front. Once again, this won’t be easy though.


Laqab – Wolverhampton 20:00

Roger Varian’s Laqab was a bit disappointing last time and may well relish the return to an artificial surface with the step up in trip a plus too. Batts Rock and Gold Star look big dangers though.


Stonecoldsoba – Wolverhampton 20:30

My final ride of a long day is Stonecoldsoba who comes here in good form on the back of two wins over hurdles over the summer. He didn’t set the world alight when last seen on the level, but returns in good spirits from a pretty lowly mark.