Silvestre De Sousa Blog: Friday 28th September 2018
Silvestre de Sousa – 188BET Blog – Friday 28th September 2018
It was nice to ride a nice winner for Mark Johnston at Newmarket on Thursday – Arctic Sound won the Group Three Tattersalls Sommerville Stakes in taking fashion. I’m back at Newmarket for the next two days and its nice not to have too much travelling. I’ll be riding out at Chris Dwyer’s yard on Friday morning which is just a short walk from my house. So, I’ll get up and drop my son Ryan at the school bus (which conveniently stops right outside our place) and head over and ride out a few lots. It will then be back home, a quick freshen up and I’ll head over to the racecourse nice and early. It’s a busy day for me with seven booked rides. Andrea Atzeni is suspended so I step in to ride three of his for Roger Varian. The ground was drying out all the time on Thursday and there is every chance it will be pretty quick for the weekend…
Summer Icon – 1.50pm Newmarket
My first ride of the day is Summer Icon for Mick Channon in the opener and she looks a little up against it here. All of her best form seems to be over seven furlongs so the trip isn’t ideal, although she will be fine on the track as she won her maiden here. Being drawn high seemed to be the place to be on Thursday so Unforgetable Filly and Agrotera look the obvious ones drawn well. It’s a wide-open contest though and it would be no surprise to see Laugh Aloud bounce back either.
Dramatic Queen – 2.25pm Newmarket (Nayef Stakes)
Again, I may well be up against it in the second where I take the ride on Dramatic Queen for William Haggas. On the formbook she has a lot to do to get involved, but the stable have been in brilliant form sending out winners left, right and centre. Star Rock looks the one we all have to beat.
Yourtimeisnow – 3.00pm Newmarket (Rockfel Stakes)
The first of the rides I take from the suspended Andrea (Atzeni) who I have caught up with on all three. I chased home Yourtimeisnow at Salisbury last time where I rode Lady Aria for Michael Bell and she impressed me. She is improving with every race and Andrea says that she is a straightforward ride. I’m hoping that she will continue to progress and she will need to if she is to beat the likes of Main Edition and Just Wonderful.
Zabeel Prince – 3.35pm Newmarket (Joel Stakes)
Only the five runners in the Joel Stakes where I am set to partner Zabeel Prince on his eagerly awaited return to the racecourse. He looked pretty smart on his return to action at Doncaster before disappointing in the Lockinge. I rode him to win at York last year and the one worry has to be the ground. He certainly wouldn’t want it to get too quick. As for the four rivals, you couldn’t rule out any of them although the Sir Michael Stoute pair look the obvious ones.
No Trouble – 4.10pm Newmarket
A wide-open looking maiden where I ride a newcomer for Jeremy Noseda called No Trouble. The stable are in good form with their youngsters and this son of No Nay Never cost connections 120,000gns, so he certainly wasn’t a cheap buy. Godolphin’s Estihdaaf sets the standard after a good second on debut at York and looks the one to beat.
Barsanti – 4.45pm Newmarket
This time last week I was winning over this trip at Newbury on Communique, but seven days on I have deserted him for Barsanti as it’s a day where I ride two others for connections too. There shouldn’t be much between them and it’s a question of whether the improver stepping up in class can beat the class out-of-form horse lowering his sights. Barsanti will be hard to beat if reappearing in the same form he was in when beating Mirage Dancer at Ascot back in May. He didn’t fire at Windsor last time, so is on somewhat of a recovery mission. Communique will be a tough nut to crack though.
Escape The City – 5.15pm Newmarket (Silver Cambridgeshire)
My final ride of the day is in the Silver Cambridgeshire where I partner Escape The City for the in-form Hughie Morrison yard. He is drawn in stall three of the 20 runners and it’s still a bit too early to say whether that is or isn’t the place to be. He’s been consistent all season and should go close if reproducing his Royal Ascot run. Brian Ellison’s Little Jo was an impressive winner last time and catches the eye at the foot of the weights.