Silvestre De Sousa Blog: Saturday 6th October 2018
Silvestre de Sousa – 188BET Blog – Saturday 6th October 2018
I thought I’d start this week’s blog looking back at last weekend’s Cheveley Park Stakes where Pretty Pollyanna didn’t really fire when running on for fourth place. She didn’t feel like the same filly I rode in France and took a while to pick up. That said, she shaped like she is definitely worth stepping up in trip, as she finished the race off really nicely and I can see why connections are having a good look at next week’s Fillies’ Mile with her.
I got myself into some hot water with the stewards at Lingfield on Thursday and the totting up process means that I will be heading to High Holborn again next week with another suspension looming. I’m over 30 ahead in the Stobart Jockeys Championship with just two weeks to go so hopefully it won’t make a difference!
Looking even further ahead, and I will be heading back over to Hong Kong for the winter at the end of the month. I love riding out there and I’m very lucky to have been invited back for another stint. Meanwhile, I am at Newmarket on Saturday with a full book of rides…
Rock On Baileys – 2.05pm Newmarket
A really good card kicks-off with a competitive fillies’ sprint handicap where I ride the top weight Rock On Baileys for Chris Dwyer. She has had a very busy calendar year to date and has managed to win six of her 14 races to date since 14th February. That’s one hell of a return, but the handicapper has punished her and she is now 41lbs higher than that day at Wolverhampton nearly eight months ago. She doesn’t know how to run a bad race but is up against it here with the likes of Fille De Reve and Perfection big dangers.
Red Phoenix – 2.40pm Newmarket
I don’t know too much about Red Phoenix, the newcomer of Mark Jonhston’s I ride in the next, other than the fact he meets some quality opposition. Fellow debutant Faylaq cost over 1 ½ million guineas at the sales and is a son of Dubawi out of Arc winner Danedream. He is bred to be a bit special and it will be interesting to see how he gets on. My fella will know his job but begins life in the fast lane.
Altyn Orda – 3.15pm Newmarket (Sun Chariot Stakes)
As Andrea Atzeni is in Paris, I have picked up the ride on Altyn Orda who I haven’t ridden since she was second at the Craven meeting. She has plenty of decent form, including a good second to Alpha Centauri two starts back at the July meeting. If she can reproduce that form, she is entitled to be in the mix, but that’s a big ask. We have the smart French filly Wind Chimes to beat, not to mention 1000 Guineas winner Billesdon Brook, multiple Group One winner Laurens and three smart Aidan O’Brien fillies. To say it’s a competitive race is a massive understatement.
Wedding Date – 3.50pm Newmarket
Richard Hannon won this valuable sales race 12 months ago and I ride Wedding Date for him here. I rode her when she won at Chester back in May and was on her again last time when she finished third at Pontefract. She’s had a bit of a break and lines up here a fresh horse. I’m very hopeful of a decent run.
Bint Dandy – 4.25pm Newmarket
Another one for Chris Dwyer in the shape of Bint Dandy who will be having the 72nd race of her career on Saturday. I won on her the first time I rode her back in March 2015 but have failed to win again in 20 attempts since. Let’s hope I can make it 21 times lucky! If she could convert her Yarmouth form to Newmarket, I think we’d have a chance, but the truth is the handicapper knows her pretty well and she may once again be vulnerable to one of the improving three-year-olds in here. Frankie rides Qazyna for Roger Varian on her first run back after a wind operation and she could be tough to beat.
Juneau – 5.00pm Newmarket
My penultimate ride of the afternoon is Juneau for Mark Johnston who only made her racecourse debut back in March. This will be her 18th run since and she has held her form well, winning on four occasions. She should appreciate the return to a decent surface and I am hopeful of a good showing.
Inpromptu – 5.35pm Newmarket
Finally, I’m on Inpromptu for Roger Varian who I don’t know too much about. She won well at Thirsk two starts back, but disappointed a little when reappearing relatively quickly a fortnight later at Newcastle. She’s had plenty of time to recover form that and should go well with the trip looking ideal. This does look a tougher race, though, with the likes of Crystal Moonlight and Stream Song looking formidable opponents.
I won’t be over in Paris on Sunday but…
Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe – 3.05pm Longchamp (Sunday)
Most people reckon that Enable is a certainty in Sunday’s Arc, but I reckon she still has a little bit to prove on the back of just the one run this season. In my opinion, William Haggas’ Sea Of Class should be favourite for the race. She hasn’t got the best of draws, but the race will be run to suit and she will take some beating. She gets a handy 10lbs from the older colts and 7lbs from Enable. That swings things in her favour in my opinion and she’s the one for me.
You can back two of Silvestre’s rides Wedding Date (3:50) and Juneau (5:00) to be placed today at an at an enhanced 14/1 with 188BET.