SILVESTRE DE SOUSA: Newbury Saturday

I have to start this week’s blog by paying tribute to Beat The Bank who sadly couldn’t be saved after sustaining a horrible injury in last Saturday’s Summer Mile at Ascot. He was such a brave horse and showed that during the race when battling back to win having gone a good neck down to the runner-up. He was such a brave horse and will be greatly missed by all at Park House Stables. It had been such a good afternoon for King Power Racing up to that point. He was their third big winner in a little over an hour all across the country and just shows the highs and lows of racing.

I’m riding at Newbury on Saturday with six nice rides including three for King Power Racing. It will be the start of a busy weekend as it looks like I’ll be flying out to France on Sunday to ride Rayong for Karl Burke and there is a chance Cleonte could run there too. Anyway, here are my thoughts on my Saturday rides…




This looks the ideal race for Fox Chairman and any rain that falls will be perfect as he likes a little bit of dig. Things haven’t really gone to plan since his impressive win here back in April. Traffic problems have cost him at both Chester and Ascot so let’s hope the gaps open for him on Saturday. Looking at the others and obviously Pondus is respected, but I’d be very disappointed if Fox Chairman doesn’t go very close and he looks my best ride of the day.


It is always dangerous to dismiss any Mark Johnston runner so Making Miracles must have a chance despite having to carry topweight in what looks a hot handicap. He is 6lbs higher than when winning the Chester Cup and has held his form really well since. Hopefully he can run well again, and I’d be delighted if he could hit the frame. Looking at the others and Carnwennan won really well at Newcastle last time and will be tough to beat.


Plenty of rain seems to be the key to Donjuan Triumphant so there are grounds for optimism looking at the forecast. He was a good second to Brando at Hamilton when last seen in action and I’m hopeful he can run really well here. Obviously, The Tin Man has the best form in the book, but he is getting on a bit and we will give it a good go.

BETTYS HOPE 3.40pm Weatherbys Super Sprint

The most valuable race of the afternoon is the Weatherbys Super Sprint where I ride Bettys Hope for Rod Millman. I have never ridden her before but she sneaks in here off a light weight and won nicely at Chelmsford last time. She showed plenty of pace that day so the drop back to five furlongs shouldn’t inconvenience her. Whether she has the class to beat favourite Ventura Rebel remains to be seen, but she should run well.


I’m looking forward to riding Fox Duty Free on his racecourse debut. He is a big son of Kingman who is definitely a horse for the future. Whether he will be sharp enough on his debut to beat those with match practice remains to be seen but he is a nice prospect.


My final ride of the afternoon is Listen To The Wind for William Haggas in the fillies’ handicap. She won nicely at Yarmouth two starts back and then stepped up on that again at Bath last time. Both of those runs came on a quick surface, so whether she would want too much rain is a concern.

Good luck


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