Silvestre Looking For Sunday Strike

Top jockey is in demand

Silvestre de Sousa is back in Hong Kong and the British champion made his way to the Sha Tin sand yard on Thursday to get the leg-up on Eagle Way (124lb), his mount in this Sunday’s big feature, the Group 3 Sa Sa Ladies’ Purse Handicap (1800m).

Silvestre De Sousa – back and raring to go

“It feels like I’ve never been away!” the Brazilian beamed.

De Sousa is in town on a four-month contract, two seasons after he notched 16 wins during the second of his two previous winter stints.

The rider did make a short stop in Hong Kong last December for the LONGINES International Jockeys Championship, and, having recently carried off his third UK championship with 148 wins, he is again booked for the star-studded Happy Valley challenge on 5 December.

“I’m looking forward to that,” he said. “It always feels like it’s a big competition, you get that sense here because you’re riding against the best jockeys – they’re picked for the day. It’s all about the rides you get because I’m sure every jockey competing that night can ride the winners.

“The prize money helps and it makes it exciting, but when you’re riding that night you’re just thinking about riding the winner.”

But De Sousa’s immediate focus is Sunday’s 10-race fixture at Sha Tin, at which he has nine rides.

“It’s exciting, there are a lot of good jockeys here so I hope to get a few rides each meeting and get on the right ones. I’m looking forward to Sunday,” he said.

“I’ve got a lot of rides already booked, so the pressure will be on to ride a winner. The fact that I’ve been here before makes it a bit easier, people still remember me.”

Eagle Way’s trainer John Moore got in early with his booking for the weekend feature, but he has found that the rider is already hot property.

“I’ve been on the phone so much that I have a sore ear but he’s very hard to get, he’s fully booked. This horse was the only one I could get him for! He’s booked for the next few weeks,” the handler said.

“I had him booked a month ago to ride Werther initially but the owner preferred that we miss this race and give the horse a little more time into the Jockey Club Cup before going into the Hong Kong Cup. When that was decided, we put him on Eagle Way.”

Have Your Say - *Please Use Your Name & Surname

Comments Policy
The Sporting Post encourages readers to comment in the spirit of enlightening the topic being discussed, to add opinions or correct errors. All posts are accepted on the condition that the Sporting Post can at any time alter, correct or remove comments, either partially or entirely.

All posters are required to post under their actual name and surname – no anonymous posts or use of pseudonyms will be accepted. You can adjust your display name on your account page or to send corrections privately to the EditorThe Sporting Post will not publish comments submitted anonymously or under pseudonyms.

Please note that the views that are published are not necessarily those of the Sporting Post.

Subscribe
Notify of
guest
0 Comments
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments

Share:

Facebook
WhatsApp
Twitter

Popular Posts

From Chaos To Reform

Charl Pretorius writes in his Off The Record column on the 4Racing website that owners, trainers and racing fans are gravely concerned about the state of our industry

Read More »