SILVESTRE DE SOUSA: Newmarket Friday

It was nice to go home to Brazil for four days last week and catch up with the family. As annoying as it is to miss riding winners, the only up side of a suspension is a chance to go back and catch up with friends and family. Anyway, Newmarket’s July meeting got underway today and it was great to ride the winner of the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes. Communique is now four from four at Newmarket and just has such a likeable attitude. Onto Friday’s action and I have four nice rides to look forward to…




The first of three rides for Andrew Balding and Good Birthday should find this a lot more to his liking than the King George V Handicap at Royal Ascot last time. The drop back down to 1m 2f and the better ground should play to his strengths and if he can reproduce his Newbury run from the previous start he should go close. He was only beaten a length by Headman who has franked the form since.

CALIBURN (3.00pm)

A really competitive 1m 6f Handicap where I ride Caliburn, again for Andrew Balding. He won really well for me last time at Pontefract and runs here instead of last weekend’s Old Newton Cup. This is his first try at the trip and hopefully he should run well, although he has been done no favours with a wide draw. Ben Vrackie looks the one we all have to beat after a good second at Royal Ascot last time.

3.35pm Newmarket – Falmouth Stakes

No ride for me in the big race where William Haggas looks to hold the key with both One Master and Beshaayir. The former was a really good third in the Queen Anne at Ascot and brings the best recent form to the table. However, a mile stretches her and I’m sure she’d appreciate softer ground. For that reason I’d side with Beshaayir who may take some passing with Frankie in the saddle.

WILD HERO (4.10pm)

A really hot looking two-year-old contest where I ride Wild Hero on debut for Andrew Balding. If I’m honest I don’t know too much about him, but he’s nicely bred and connections must think a bit of him to throw him in at the deep end here. Aidan O’Brien runs Kipling here who made a nice start and looks the one to beat.

MAKSAB (4.45pm)

My last ride of the afternoon is Maksab for Mick Channon who has his first run since being gelded. It’s a wide open looking handicap as you might expect and I’m hoping he can go well. He has run well and won on the July course and the stable are on form. He may just surprise a few now he has slipped down to his last winning mark.

Good luck


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