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SILVESTRE DE SOUSA: Goal remains Champions Day

There has been a little bit of confusion about the extent of my injury and when I will be back riding, so I’d just like to clear some of that up. I can confirm that there was a small fracture to my collar bone and also a tiny chip to one of the bones in my lower neck.

All of that, along with a lot of bruising (my lower back is still sore), means that there is no chance of me returning to ride at next week’s St Leger meeting.

My goal remains to be back riding in that first week of October ahead of Champions Day.

I have already begun the rehabilitation process and have been at Peter O’Sullevan House here in Newmarket three times already this week.

It’s all about rebuilding the tissue and building up my strength and the hydro pool is perfect for that.

I will continue to go there every day now and hope to try and get back on a horse in a couple of weeks or so.

In my mind I’d like to try and be work riding at least three weeks from today – that’s the hope anyway.

Finally, before I look at tomorrow’s Sprint Cup at Haydock, I’d like to say that Theo Ladd, who picked up a lengthy suspension for the incident, has behaved like a real gent.

He has rung me a couple of times since the fall to see how I am doing and I certainly don’t blame him as he simply drifted off the rails like we all do – that’s race riding.



4.10pm Sprint Cup

The big race tomorrow is the Haydock Sprint Cup and a lot will depend on how much rain they get today.

It is a shame that Advertise has been ruled out as he looked the one to beat.

Whether Ten Sovereigns takes his chance or not depends on the weather, but I like Sir Michael Stoute’s Dream Of Dreams.

He will like the ground and if they go a good pace he may just pick them all off.

Good luck


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