Appleby's Supersta out to steal show in Sweden
Silvestre de Sousa takes time out from his quest to regain the jockeys' title to travel to Sweden on Tuesday where he has three rides for new boss Mick Appleby at Jägersro.
Appleby is no stranger to the Swedish dirt circuit and has an interest in both Listed races plus a valuable handicap.
The main hope of the trio is the versatile Supersta, who tackles seven rivals in the Listed Pramms Memorial. The six-year-old was earmarked for this after winning a 7f handicap at Southwell in March following which he finished a respectable eighth in the mile on all-weather championships day at Lingfield.
Speaking from Sweden, part-owner Chris Dixon said: "We came out here a couple of years ago with Pearl Nation who ran alright but the track was a bit tight for him.
"I would say the layout is a bit like Wolverhampton and the surface is a cross between dirt and Tapeta. It's great Silvestre is coming out to ride and we're looking forward to it."
Dixon, who also has an interest in Hakam, who faces 11 rivals in the Listed Landwades Stud Jägersro Sprint, added: "We decided to bring Supersta out here about ten minutes after he won at Southwell as there were no future handicaps for him rated over 100.
"It makes sense to come back here as the prize-money for first is about £63,500. We aren't expecting to win but hopefully we can pick up some prize money."
As for the prospects of Hakam, he said: "Hakam has just come over to accompany Supersta and Mick decided to throw Viewpoint on the lorry at the last minute to run in a handicap. You can ignore Hakam's last run at Newmarket as he banged his head when leaving the stalls."