Silvestre de Souza says he will have a successful season if he “can do half” of the 44 wins he carved out in a fruitful stint in Hong Kong in 2018-19, but the Brazilian is much more than that. It’s definitely ambitious.
I am gearing up for my longest stay in Hong Kong to date and may exceed my initial 6 months license. De Sousa knows what it takes to succeed in Hong Kong and here he is hungry to taste it again.
“If we can achieve half [those 44 wins] De Souza, who won the 2018 Hong Kong Cup aboard the Glorious Forever, said:
“I am excited and looking forward to being back in Hong Kong and wish a good future and a continued season. Every year is different, but there are clearly top players here. I hope I can challenge them in
A lot of people leave with a winner or two, but I was pretty lucky.
“I was very lucky with my trainers. So I want to be the man that I can serve for them.”
De Sousa will be riding for his first day at Sha Tin since February 2020 after pulling out of last season’s scheduled stint due to Hong Kong’s Covid-19 protocols, this weekend at 8.30pm. One ride to Sha Tin.
He will ride the Manfred Mann Caleon-trained Lucky Swaines in the Class 1 HKSAR Chief Executive’s Cup (1,200 m). Galloper won five out of seven starts.
“Obviously, I was lucky to get off the top-weight Zach.” [Sky Field] Coming in, he’s at the bottom weight,” De Souza said.
“I think it will be a big plus and a big advantage if we can achieve a lower weight because it gives us the opportunity to ride more horses.”
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“It’s the best race on the card and he’s a talking horse,” said De Souza. I don’t know if he will win, but he’s improved since last season, but I’m looking forward to that run.”
De Sousa will also board Winning Steed, Sunny Baby, Smart Leader, Brave Dreams, Blissful Star, Master Delight and Happy Daily.
“The horse is doing well in the morning and I hope to be back in the afternoon,” said the jockey.