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Champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa ready to roar on Rampant Lion

Silvestre de Sousa: back on the trail of winners in Britain
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2.25 Doncaster
Unibet Spring Mile Handicap | 1m | 4yo+ | ITV4/SKY

Success tends to follow success for Silvestre de Sousa, who enjoyed a highly profitable stint in Hong Kong this winter with 44 winners and £6.7million in prize-money.

He hit the ground running by winning on his first two rides back in Britain on Thursday, and the champion jockey's four mounts on the first turf card of the season include Rampant Lion in the consolation race for horses who miss the cut for the Lincoln.

The four-year-old has won twice on the all-weather since joining William Jarvis, who said: "He won't get beaten because of the jockey! Silvestre had a good winter in Hong Kong and he's full of confidence.

"The horse has probably matured and seems a bit stronger. He's in pretty good form. He's had a good winter and I'm happy with him.

"The only time he won on the grass it was soft ground at Hamilton and that's a little bit of a negative, but he's quite a good-actioned horse and I'm hoping the ground will be okay for him."

Rampant Lion (green with blue epaulettes and cap): bidding to double his tally of turf wins

Doyle's double bid

James Doyle rides hot favourite Auxerre in the Lincoln and the rider could tee up an unusual spring double on board Exec Chef in this £45,000 contest.

His mount won three times in 2018 for Jim Boyle, who said: "He was very progressive last season and he has wintered well.

"We were hoping for slightly easier ground than it looks likely we'll get but it will be good, safe ground and we go there hopeful.

"He has headed up the handicap and this is a more competitive race than he has faced so we just hope he is capable of keeping pace with the handicapper."


What they say

Les Eyre, trainer of Dawaaleeb & Detachment
They did a good piece of work together last Saturday and you couldn't split them. They both had good seasons last year. Dawaaleeb prefers top of the ground and Detachment prefers a bit of cut so we're covered both ways!

Richard Fahey, trainer of Brian The Snail & Calvados Spirit
We're stepping Brian The Snail up in trip. He relaxes so he’ll give himself a chance of getting home and if he does he could go close. Calvados Spirit ran in the Irish Lincolnshire and absolutely hated the ground. He seems in good order, his best form is on a fast surface, and I’d hope for an improved show.

David O’Meara, trainer of Fayez
He's in good form after his recent win. I'm running him 4lb wrong with the penalty, something I don't like doing, but feel the nature of the race will suit him.

Clive Cox, trainer of Al Jellaby
He's done well through the winter and had a healthy break since his last run. He's in good form, the ground shouldn't be a problem and he's effective at a mile.

Clive Cox: reports Al Jellaby to have done well through the winter

Andrew Balding, trainer of Isomer
He's fit from the all-weather and on a mark he's been competitive off, but it's a tough race.

Hughie Morrison, trainer of Sod's Law
I think he's a progressive horse and he's wintered well but he looks backward in his coat and his best form is on soft ground.

David Barron, trainer of Fake News
He had one run on the all-weather and didn't appear to appreciate it so we left him alone and he's bloomed quite a bit. This is a shot to nothing and we hope to get some of the big pot.


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He won't get beaten because of the jockey! Silvestre had a good winter in Hong Kong and he's full of confidence
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