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SILVESTRE DE SOUSA: Newbury Saturday

It was painful watching the final of the Euros last Sunday night with what was going on both on and off the pitch. The truth is the best team actually won on the night and luckily for me I’ve yet to bump into either Frankie or Andrea this week which is a bit of a relief. Things are a bit quieter this Saturday compared to last weekend, but there is still some good action at Newbury where I’ve some nice rides to look forward to. I’ll be up nice and early and will head to the races without riding work…




My first ride of the afternoon is Tropez Power for King Power and Richard Hannon in the opener. He took a big step forward from his opening run at Haydock at Salisbury last time and I’m hoping he can step up again. We are dropping him in trip which should also help him as he has plenty of speed, as will the better ground. There does look some nice types in here though, so it is no easy task.

FOX TAL – 1.50pm (Steventon Stakes)

Another one for King Power with Fox Tal (pictured below) in the Listed Steventon Stakes. He’s run a few decent races this season and hopefully everything will click for him here. He needs a decent pace and a bit of cover, and I’ll be looking to play him late. Things didn’t really pan out for him last time as the field didn’t stick together and I couldn’t get any cover. Real World was a really impressive winner of the Royal Hunt Cup and looks the one to beat.

CALL MY BLUFF – 2.25pm

I rode Call My Bluff when he won at Nottingham back in May and he has since gone in again at Chester. He takes his chance from another 3lbs higher mark in a better race but sneaks in here at the foot of the weights. He stays well and with just 8st 1lbs in the saddle will hopefully get involved against some decent staying handicappers.

ADAAY IN ASIA – 3.40pm (Weatherbys Super Sprint)

The big race of the afternoon is the Weatherbys Super Sprint over the flying five furlongs where I partner Adaay In Asia for the first time. Harry Dunlop’s filly creeps in with just 8st 2lbs and won on the all-weather at Lingfield last time. In fact, this is her first race on turf and she will need to improve. However, she looks speedy and has learnt the winning way so cannot be discounted. Eve Johnson Houghton’s colt Chipotle looks the one to beat though on his Ascot running although Vintage Clarets is another worth plenty of respect.

CHINOOK – 4.45pm

My final ride of the afternoon is another filly, this time Chinook making her debut for the Crisford team in the 10 furlong novice event. I’ve never actually sat on her before, but I’ll be hoping she takes after her father Sea The Stars. This looks a really tough assignment first time out and she is bound to improve plenty for the experience. There looks to be some smart types in here, but we will give it our best shot.