Silvestre De Sousa Blog: Saturday 22nd September 2018

Silvestre de Sousa – 188BET Blog – Saturday 22nd September 2018

I thought that Dee Ex Bee ran a really brave race in last weekend’s St Leger where he battled away for fourth place. He was never really travelling like I know he can from a long way out, but still managed to hang on in there on ground that probably wasn’t soft enough for him. He’s had a hard season and shapes like he could mature into a real ‘Cup’ horse next year if he strengthens up a bit.  I think the key to him is cut in the ground and he deserves a big one if it comes up soft.

It’s been a good week so far for me personally as I’ve been riding a few winners – a treble at Sandown on Wednesday being the highlight. I suppose I’ve just got to keep doing what I’ve been doing. I’m in for another busy weekend and after riding at Newbury on Friday and Saturday I am flying out to Sweden on Sunday for a couple of rides. It’s a shame I won’t be heading up north to ride at Ayr at their Western meeting, but my best chances are at Newbury where I have rides in all eight races…

Masaru – 1.15pm Newbury

There’s a big field for the opener on Saturday where I ride Masaru for Richard Hannon. He looked really smart when bolting up on his debut at Windsor in June and just failed to fire in a competitive Sales race at York last month. He was sent off favourite that day but finished in the middle of the pack. He carries a 6lb penalty here and will have to be at his very best to see off his 15 rivals. There are a few well-bred looking newcomers to be afraid of, including Sir Michael Stoute’s London Eye who looks an exciting prospect.

Aquarium – 1.45pm Newbury

Regular readers of this blog will know that I often warn you against writing off any of Mark Johnston’s runners. Aquarium could only finish fourth of five at Doncaster last weekend and he is back up in trip here in a hotter race. However, he has won four times already this season and it would be dangerous to rule him out. Adamant and Stylehunter look obvious dangers, but I reckon the one to beat could be Pivoine for in-form Andrew Balding.

Extra Elusive – 2.20pm Newbury

I’m really looking forward to getting back aboard Extra Elusive for Roger Charlton as he takes a big step up in class. On paper he has it all to do to beat the likes of Mirage Dancer, but I know that his trainer holds him in real high regard and he’s a horse with a bright future. Whether he is quite up to winning a race like this remains to be seen, but I reckon he’ll run a really good race.

Marie’s Diamond – 2.55pm Newbury (Mill Reef Stakes)

Some really nice horses have won this contest in recent years including Harry Angel and Ribchester, so keep a close eye on the winner going forward. I’m hoping that will be Marie’s Diamond who steps down in class having disappointed at Group One level last time. He’s won a Group Three already this season and hopefully he can be competitive if bouncing back. True Mason probably brings the best form to the table, but I reckon the value could be Jeremy Noseda’s Garrus who is unexposed and could be useful.

Main Desire – 3.30pm Newbury

One thing for certain is that they won’t hang around in the big sprint where I ride Main Desire for Michael Bell. She has somewhat lost her way since winning the first three starts of her career but will be a danger to all if bouncing back. El Astronaute only has one way of running and that may well set things up for the likes of Judicial and Sioux Nation.

Hermocrates – 4.05pm Newbury

I don’t know too much about the newcomer I ride for Richard Hannon. Hermocrates is a nicely bred son of Farhh and you always have to respect the stable’s runners at their local track.

Compton Mill – 4.40pm Newbury

It’s nice to be asked to ride Compton Mill again after we finished a good second at Sandown last time. He’s back up in trip here and another 2lbs higher in the handicap so that will make life a little tougher. I suppose he’ll have to step up again if he’s going to win and it remains to be seen if there’s anything better handicapped than him lurking below.

Letsbe Avenue – 5.15pm Newbury

My final ride of the afternoon is Letsbe Avenue who is attempting to land the hat-trick after winning here and at Salisbury. He’s been off for a couple of months but is entitled to go well from only a 1lb higher mark. This won’t be easy, though, as it looks his toughest task to date.