SILVESTRE DE SOUSA: York Saturday

That’s more like it !!! I’m over the moon to have won the Nunthorpe on Winter Power and to do it for Tim Easterby at York felt like a home win! The crowd were fantastic and it’s been so great to have them back. As I said in Friday’s blog it looked a top quality international renewal but my filly once again showed her love for the course.

She’s unbelievably fast and hit the lids today – just the same as last time here and it’s fair to say I’ve never sat on anything as fast as her. A flat track like York really brings out the best in her.

It means the world to me to win a race like this in the colours of King Power Racing and I couldn’t be happier for racing manager Alastair Donald and the rest of the team.

Moving on to the final day of York’s Ebor meeting and I’ve got four rides to look forward to including Alounak in the feature Ebor Handicap. Anyway, my thoughts below on his chances and the rest of my rides…

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SATURDAY

YORK

1.50pm – Strensall Stakes

Nothing for me in the opening Strensall Stakes where all eyes will be on Godolphin’s Real World as he looks to follow-up his two recent successes. There was something freakish about how good he was in the Royal Hunt Cup two starts back and he showed that was no fluke by winning at Newbury last time. The likes of My Oberon and El Drama will try and serve it up to him but I would be surprised if he doesn’t go in again.

DOCTOR PARNASSUS – 2.25pm (Melrose Handicap)

Once again it will be no breakfast for me as I have to do 8st 2lbs aboard Doctor Parnassus in the Melrose Handicap. I’ve never ridden him before and on paper he has a bit to do, but he has no weight and the trip may just help him. He has some nice course form from back in May and if he can reproduce that there is no reason to think he cannot be competitive. Aidan O’Brien’s King Of The Castle looks the one to beat despite the big weight.

FIVETHOUSANDTOONE – 3.00pm (City Of York Stakes)

Only the nine runners in the City Of York Stakes where I ride Fivethousandtoone (pictured below) for King Power and Andrew Balding. There is no getting away from the fact that he was disappointing last time, but he is a horse we have always thought the world of and we haven’t seen the best of him yet. He works nicely at home and if things can click on the racecourse he could easily give this lot a fright. Obviously, the likes of Space Blues and Primo Bacio will be hard to beat, but I think we can go well.

ALOUNAK – 3.35pm (Ebor Handicap)

The feature race of the afternoon is the Ebor Handicap where I ride another for King Power. This race has always been the plan for Alounak who is 5lbs higher than when he won the Old Newton Cup two starts back. Things didn’t go according to plan at Goodwood last time where he had a troubled passage, and he is much better judged on that Haydock run. It looks a really wide-open race and you can make a case out for so many. I just think that Euchen Glen will surprise a few off topweight. He is classy on his day, and you can put a line through his last run.

AERION POWER – 4.45pm

My final ride of the 2021 York Ebor meeting is Aerion Power who runs in the penultimate handicap. It wasn’t an easy choice between him and Good Birthday as they both have squeaks. I went with Aerion Power who didn’t run badly at Goodwood and may be suited by the return to a sounder surface. Qaader, who beat us at Goodwood, looks the principal danger again.

Good luck,
SDS


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