Silvestre De Sousa Blog: Saturday 29th September 2018

Silvestre de Sousa – 188BET Blog – Saturday 29th September 2018

The third day on the trot riding at Newmarket which most of you know is actually home for me. It makes a nice change not having to jump in a car or an aeroplane after riding work first thing and spend most of the morning travelling. The nice thing for me is that I can go home and relax a little after riding a few lots… just a bit of ‘me’ time chilling at home before the races. We keep horses at home and no doubt my wife Vicky will have a few jobs for me before I head over to the racecourse. I will get to the track nice and early so I’ve got a chance to sit down with a cup of tea and look at each race in the Racing Post. I’ve got seven nice rides to look forward to…


Victory Command – 1.50pm Newmarket (Royal Lodge Stakes)

I kick-off the day aboard Victory Command who takes his chance in the Royal Lodge for Mark Johnston. He was a nice winner of a Listed race at Ascot back in July but was well beaten behind Too Darn Hot at Sandown last time. He looks worth a try at this one mile trip but is very much in at the deep end here. John Gosden’s Beatboxer was an impressive winner last time and may be hard to beat.


Pretty Pollyanna – 2.25pm Newmarket (Cheveley Park Stakes)

The pick of my rides has to be Pretty Pollyanna in the Cheveley Park Stakes and I cannot wait to  get back on her. I sat on her last week and she felt really good. In fact, she felt as good as she ever has and she will take plenty of beating here. She pulled out a little bit more near the line to see off Signora Cabello in France last time and it would be no surprise if those two fillies finished first and second again. As for the other dangers, you have to respect Aidan O’Brien’s runners as he has won this for the last two seasons. However, I certainly wouldn’t swap my filly for anything else.


Marie’s Diamond – 3.00pm Newmarket (Middle Park Stakes)

Only the eight runners in the Middle Park Stakes where all eyes will be on Aidan O’Brien’s Ten Sovereigns after his impressive win in Ireland last time. He looked pretty good that day and will be hard to beat here. I ride Marie’s Diamond for Mark Johnston who has been very busy this season with eight runs under his belt already. He has to improve a bit to take a hand in a race like this but cannot be discounted if returning to the form that saw him win a Group Three at the Curragh in July.


Sharja Bridge – 3.40pm Newmarket (Cambridgeshire)

Just the 35 runners over the nine furlongs for the Cambridgeshire Handicap – a race I’d love to win. I’m delighted to have picked up the ride on Sharja Bridge for Roger Varian as Andrea (Atzeni) has chosen to ride stablemate UAE Prince. He’s yet to win this season but was a good fourth over a mile at York in August. He looks well worth a try at this trip and hopefully he can be competitive off what looks a tough mark. It’s too early to tell whether his draw in stall 11 is any good or not. We will need a bit of luck but will give it our best shot. There are dangers all over the track, including Aidan O’Brien’s Kenya who won the Irish version of this race and could still be well-handicapped.


Nearooz – 4.15pm Newmarket

Not many have had that much racecourse experience in the fillies’ maiden where I ride a newcomer for Roger Varian called Nearooz. She is a nicely bred daughter of New Approach who may want plenty further in time, but her trainer knows how to ready one first time up. I’m hoping she will go well on her debut with Imperial Charm ,who was a good third on her debut, looking the obvious one.


Qabala – 4.50pm Newmarket

As the maiden has split I get to ride another newcomer for Roger Varian called Qabala. She’s a daughter of Scat Daddy and I’m really looking forward to sitting on her without knowing too much about her. There are lots of well-bred newcomers in against us and it’s a guess as to how good they all are. One thing for certain is that the race should produce plenty of future winners.


I’ll Have Another – 5.25pm Newmarket

My seventh and final ride of the afternoon is the topweight in the Jersey Lily Fillies Nursery. I’ll Have Another has won three of her five career starts to date, including a Listed win in Germany last time. She had previously finished second in a Group Three in Cologne, so this will be her first start back in the UK since June. She’s entitled to run well, but this is a massive task with 9st 10lbs in the saddle. Looking at the others, and as Ralph Beckett has his team in good order, I fear Chaleur. She finished third behind me when I rode Pretty Pollyanna to win at the July meeting. A reproduction of that run will make her hard to beat