Last Kingdom win an ideal start for Silvestre de Sousa in new role
Silvestre de Sousa celebrated the start of his contract as retained rider to Prince Faisal with victory aboard Last Kingdom, one of four winners at Maisons-Laffitte for trainer Andre Fabre.
The son of Frankel was arguably unlucky to run into first Mate Story and then Senga on two starts last term, but was off the mark when accounting for Empire Of The Star by a length.
"I am very happy to start for Prince Faisal in France with a win," said De Sousa, who will ride the owner's horses spread between Chantilly and Newmarket. "Monsieur Fabre is a gentleman and he told me to go out and let the horse enjoy the race. The horse was very straightforward and when you look at his form from last year he was unlucky."
Prince Faisal's advisor Ted Voute believes Last Kingdom, who holds an entry in the Investec Derby, could be a horse with a future.
"He looked a nice colt there and we will see whether the next step is a small one or a big one," said Voute. "A Listed race would perhaps be the way to go but I will leave that to the maestro [Fabre].
"For Silvestre it was a nice way to start the relationship. The contract was done for England but Monsieur Fabre thought it was a good plan to continue it here. We have two-year-olds with Hugo Palmer including Itsawish, who they think a bit of. Roger Varian has horses like Solomon's Bay and Lahore, so fingers crossed."