SILVESTRE DE SOUSA: Newmarket Friday

The first of two days racing at Newmarket, although I’m actually heading up to York on Saturday. It’s lovely when racing is on at home as it means I can have a relaxed morning before heading over to the races. That said, I think it’s going to be a bit manic as I’m doing some filming at home and the Sales are on too. Speaking of which, I haven’t been to watch them yet as I’ve been too busy juggling physio and riding. Anyway, looking at today’s action and I’ve got four nice rides to look forward to…


POETS DANCE – 1.50pm (Cornwallis Stakes)

My first ride of the day is Poets Dance for Rae Guest in the opener. I have never actually ridden her before, but she has a nice progressive profile and finally got her head in front last time. That was at Lingfield and this is a red-hot race at Newmarket. On ratings she has it all to do against the likes of Platinum Star and Lazuli, but we will give it our best shot.

SHINE SO BRIGHT – 3.00pm (Challenge Stakes)

The pick of my rides would have to be Shine So Bright for Andrew Balding and King Power Racing. There are only the five runners, but you can make a case for any of them. Shine So Bright won really well at York back in August but was a little bit disappointing at Doncaster last time. I guess if he reappears in the form he was in at York he would be the one to beat. We know he goes well here having won at the Craven meeting and he showed up well in the Guineas. I respect Mustashry on his Lockinge win.

3.35pm (Fillies Mile)

No ride for me in the Group One Fillies Mile which looks wide open. You always have to respect Aidan O’Brien and his Love won’t be far away. Quadrilateral has been impressive in two starts to date, but I like the look of Irish raider Cayenne Pepper. Jessie Harrington won the big two-year-old fillies’ race at Longchamp last weekend and has a lovely crop this year. This filly has won all three starts and looks the one to beat.

CAPE CAVALLI – 4.10pm (Old Rowley Cup)

I’m really looking forward to riding Cape Cavalli in the Old Rowley Cup and reckon he may just be an interesting outsider. The first-time blinkers may just sharpen him up a little and he sneaks in here off a light weight. He is very consistent, and I reckon he may just surprise a few here.

MAKE IT RAIN – 4.45pm

I’ve never actually sat on Make It Rain, another for Simon Crisford. She makes her debut in a hot looking maiden and this will be a stiff task for this daughter of Night Of Thunder. There are some fillies with some big reputations and we may have our work cut out to beat the likes of Spring Of Love and Waliyak.

Good luck


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