SILVESTRE DE SOUSA: Newmarket Friday

It’s been great to get back into things this week and nice to have a couple of winners under my belt already heading into a big weekend. Art Power (pictured) did the job well at Newcastle on Monday and he’s a colt we like a lot. It was all the more impressive when you think he carried a penalty against some good horses. He will head to Royal Ascot now all being well and will most likely run in that new valuable five-furlong handicap.

I’ve ridden plenty of other nice horses this weekend including Winter Power who made a nice start when third on her debut. She feels like a nice filly and will build on that. I also rode The Lir Jet for Michael Bell who won on debut at Yarmouth on Wednesday. That was a decent performance and I believe he may have been sold since. He is a colt worth looking out for as there were some fancied juveniles in behind him. Anyway, onto today’s action at Newmarket where I have five nice rides to look forward to…



My first ride of the day is Some Picture for Mick Channon in the opening fillies’ maiden. She has had a couple of goes at the track already and showed some promise last backend when I finished fourth on her on bad ground. I am hoping she can build on that again here, but she will have to if she is to trouble some talented looking debutants. The likes of Final Offer, Lawahed and Pure Beauty are all bred to be above average.


This looks a wide-open contest where I’m on Marie’s Diamond for Mark Johnston. He’s a colt I know pretty well and I won on him at Pontefract last summer and also on his very first racecourse start a couple of seasons ago. He ran well behind Urban Icon at Wolverhampton last time and should outrun his odds. Sangarius looks the one to beat.

ALOUNAK (3.35pm Newmarket – Coronation Cup)

The first Group One of the season is the Coronation Cup now at Newmarket rather than Epsom. Only the seven runners and I ride Alounak on his first start for Andrew Balding and King Power. He’s a lovely horse who has bits and pieces of American form that ties into the likes of Anthony Van Dyck and Desert Encounter. He faces some top-class opposition here in the shape of Ghaiyyath and Stradivarius, but this looks the obvious place to get him started.


My best chance of a winner on the day looks to be Edinburgh Castle for an in-form Andrew Balding. He sneaks in here at the foot of the weights and has been gelded since last seen in action back in October. The mark of 82 looks competitive for this son of Sea The Stars and I’m very hopeful he can go close.


Finally, my last ride is another for Andrew in Medika who I know very little about. She’s only run the once and is entitled to step up on that all-weather debut last October. Delta’s Royalty sets the bar pretty high though and keep an eye out for Godolphin debutant Renaissance Queen.

Enjoy the action.