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SILVESTRE DE SOUSA: Chelmsford, Newmarket Saturday

One week on from Epsom and it just wasn’t to be for Bangkok in the Investec Derby. It was great to be part of a big day like that, but he just didn’t seem to be at home on the track and he will have his day again soon. It’s been a really busy week and I haven’t really been home since leaving on Wednesday and I was up at Hamilton on Thursday. It will great to wake up at home on Saturday morning and, at the moment, the plan is to take it easy first thing and spend some time with the family – although those plans can change pretty quick and I could easily end up riding out somewhere. I’m riding four at Chelmsford and then will attempt to rush over to Newmarket by car to ride in the last two races there. Hopefully the traffic will be okay…



THE LAZY MONKEY 1.55pm Chelmsford

I ride The Lazy Monkey for Mark Johnston in the opener having ridden her on debut at the track a couple of months ago. She shaped with promise that day having been a bit short of room late on. For whatever reason she didn’t build on that at Beverley last time but has a had a bit of time to get over that disappointing run. Hopefully she can get back on track here and take a step back in the right direction.

RED MAHARANI 2.30pm Chelmsford

Only the six runners in the novice event where I ride James Given’s Red Maharani for the first time. Like my ride in the first, she began life with a promising start at this track in April and then disappointed next time. Admittedly she was in at the deep end at Newmarket and heavily eased when her chance had gone. I’m hoping the return to this surface will spark her back to life.

BAY OF NAPLES 3.05pm Chelmsford

A competitive looking handicap where I ride Bay Of Naples, again for Mark Johnston. I have yet to ride him in any of his six races to date and he only began his racing career back in January. He has already managed to win twice in that time at Wolverhampton and Southwell, so hopefully we can add Chelmsford to his list of winning all-weather tracks. He appeared to run on really well over seven furlongs last time so this step back up to a mile should suit.

BACACARAT 3.40pm Chelmsford

The main reason I’m at Chelmsford is to ride Bacacarat for Andrew Balding and King Power Racing in the feature of the day. He won nicely at Kempton a few weeks ago and must have a solid chance here off just a 3lbs higher mark. It does look a competitive race though, as you might expect, but we have a nice racing weight. Top weight Goring has been in good form of late while Bubble And Squeak and Apex King both come here on the back of wins.

It’s then time to jump in a car and hot foot it to Newmarket for two more rides…


TOP TOP 5.05pm Newmarket

Again, only a small field where I ride another for King Power, this time for Sir Michael Stoute. Top Top makes his handicap debut off a lowly mark of just 72 having yet to set the world alight in three career starts. This is his first start in handicap company and hopefully the step up in trip will help him a bit too. It looks a hot race with the likes of Great Bear and Gravistas up against us, but we are getting plenty of weight so there are grounds for optimism for this son of the great Frankel.

VENTURA KNIGHT 5.35pm Newmarket

I started the day with one for Mark Johnston and end the afternoon with another one for him. Ventura Knight ran a good third at Redcar last time and lines up off the same mark here. I won on him a couple of years ago at Leicester and having not won for nearly a year, he deserves another win. Topweight Stylehunter looks the one to beat as he has been gelded since we last saw him and appears to go well fresh too.

Good luck


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