Silvestre de Sousa: is odds-on to win a second Flat jockeys' championshipPICTURE: Edward Whitaker (racingpost.com/photos)
De Sousa odds-on after six winners in two days
ALL the even-money available on Tuesday morning about Silvestre de Sousa retaining his Flat jockeys' championship crown disappeared after the the title leader rode a double at Epsom to take his tally at that track to six winners in two days.
De Sousa followed a 245-1 four-timer on Monday with a 13-1 double, from three rides, and he is now a best-priced 10-11 to retain his title.
However, Jim Crowley - who briefly headed De Sousa over the weekend - did not lose any ground on his rival after riding two winners himself at Goodwood to salvage a score draw from the day. Crowley is now a best-priced 11-10 to land a first title, having started the day at no bigger than even-money.
De Sousa was successful on Star Of The East, the Mark Johnston-trained 11-4 shot, and the Ivan Furtado-trained 11-4 favourite Nouvelli Dancer at Epsom as he took his tally for the Stobart-backed championship to 83, two ahead of Crowley, whose victories came aboard 7-2 shot Saunter, for David Menuisier, and the Conrad Allen-trained 15-8 chance Hard Toffee at Goodwood.
'It's going to be a bit of a ding-dong'
Speaking to the Racing Post at Goodwood, Crowley said: "Silvestre rode four yesterday and I'm sure it's going to be a bit of a ding-dong. I'm loving it. Getting the horses to ride is the hard bit. Riding them is the easy bit.
"You just do the best you can. That's all you can do. It's good and I hope it keeps going. Fingers crossed I can bang one in at Lingfield tomorrow. As the week goes on I think I've got better rides."
The duo are set to go head-to-head at Lingfield on Wednesday, where Crowley takes four mounts to De Sousa's five.
Lingfield rides: Crowley v De Sousa
De Sousa: Skylark Lady (best-priced 1-3)
Crowley: Torquay (5-2)
De Sousa: Pc Dixon (9-2)
Crowley: Frozen Force (22-1)
De Sousa: California Lad (20-1)
Crowley: Roys Dream (9-2)
De Sousa: Princess Way (16-1)
Crowley: Magicinthemaking (5-1)
De Sousa: Cheers All Round (25-1)
De Sousa popular with punters
William Hill reported a £2,000 bet for De Sousa by an online customer on Tuesday morning at even-money, and a further £2,000 bet at 10-11 just an hour later in a shop in Edinburgh.
Spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke said: "Silvestre de Sousa has got some momentum again and he's edging ahead of Jim Crowley, but we're expecting plenty more twists and turns to come."
Hills make De Sousa their 8-11 favourite after Tuesday's action, with Crowley priced at 11-10. James Doyle in next best at 33-1.