Silvestre De Sousa has eight rides across Leicester and Epsom
PICTURE: Martin Lynch (racingpost.com/photos)
By Richard Birch 8:00AM 14 JUL 2016
SILVESTRE DE SOUSA returns to action on Thursday following a 12-day suspension with a double stint at Leicester and Epsom and is “mad-keen” to retain his jockeys’ title.
Refreshed from enjoying a break with his family in Brazil, De Sousa has eight rides – several of whom appear to hold strong chances – as he bids to consolidate his position at the top of the jockeys’ table, in which he leads Ryan Moore by six winners.
De Sousa was hit with the long ban last month under the totting-up procedure for a fifth whip offence since March.
Six days of the overall 18-day ban were deferred for 42 days and would be triggered by a further disciplinary breach during that period.
The champion jockey, who was forced to miss the Eclipse meeting and Newmarket’s July festival, has three rides at Leicester in the afternoon before racing off to Epsom for a further five mounts at its evening fixture.
‘Looking forward to getting winners again’
When he started his ban De Sousa led Moore by 51 winners to 39 and, while Moore has managed to halve the deficit since then, the champion resumes in a strong position.
“I’ve been riding out this [Wednesday] morning and am looking forward to getting some winners again,” De Sousa said. “I went back to Brazil with my family and had a good time.
“I’m pleased I’m still at the top of the table. I’ve got to keep going now and we’ll see what happens.
“Obviously, I would love to win the title again and I’ll be trying my very hardest to do so.”