Our racing expert is predicting a lucrative evening for the champion jockey.
Silvestre De Sousa looks set to be amongst the winners at Nottingham this evening as five of his seven rides hold decent chances.
STRAWBERRY JACK, his mount in the 1m nursery handicap for trainer George Scott, has had three qualifying runs all over 6f and has shown more than enough to suggest he can win one of these off his opening mark of 71. He finished closest when third in a novice auction at Newmarket on his reappearance and while only sixth when returned to that track for his latest start, he was keeping on after getting outpaced and gave the impression he would be suited by further. This looks a decent opportunity for him then and the red-hot form of his stable – three winners from eight runners in the last fortnight – clinches the bet.
The Brazilian gets the leg up on Mick Appleby’s EPONINA in the 1m handicap and the four-year-old filly is fancied to see off her six rivals, all of whom have question marks over them. Not so the selection as she’s been in cracking form since joining her current stable, winning twice from four starts, including over course and distance last time. While that was just a three-runner affair, she has gone up just 1lb for that and is clearly suited by this galloping mile on fast ground.
Her stablemate REVELEON is an interesting runner in the 1m2f handicap on the card having been switched from Sir Michael Stoute following a luckless fourth when last seen out at Beverley in June. He would have gone close on that occasion but for continually being denied a clear run and he was also a close second over this track and trip in April. Clearly the ability is there and this looks a very winnable race for what is his stable debut and with De Sousa doing the steering.
Rose Berry (8:00) and Daffy Jane (8:30) should also go well under the reigning champion jockey, although the former is up against an odds-on favourite in Zain Hana and that horse looks the one to beat under Ryan Moore after finishing a nose second behind a progressive rival at Newmarket last time out.
Moore might be able to complete a double on the card as he’s also on board Sir Michael Stoute’s SEXTANT, who is making his racecourse debut in the 1m2f novice. As a son of Sea The Stars out of a sister to Oaks second Flight Of Fancy, he is certainly bred for the job and must have been showing up well at home as he still holds an entry in the Group 2 Great Voltigeur Stakes run at York later this month. He’ll need to win today to justify that loft entry at this stage of his career and, while he’s up against more experienced rivals here, I reckon he’s up to the job.
All odds were correct at time of posting.