De Sousa closes on century
News of the action from Great Yarmouth where Silvestre De Sousa moved on to the 99 mark for the season.
Silvestre de Sousa: Yarmouth winner
Silvestre de Sousa closed in on a century of winners for the season after moving on to the 99 mark following a double at Yarmouth, highlighted by the victory of Basil Berry in the Greene King IPA Conditions Stakes.
With Jim Crowley riding just the one winner at Chepstow, the reigning champion jockey moved to within three of his rival in the Stobart-sponsored title race thanks to his brace at the Norfolk track, which was completed aboard the Chris Dwyer-trained five-year-old.
Having filled second spot in the six-furlong event 12 months ago, the 4-1 shot cast aside odds-on favourite Baccarat – who was seeking a first win in Britain since capturing the Wokingham in 2014 – by six lengths.
De Sousa said: "I'm not surprised he has won as he is trained by Chris Dwyer and he is in good form.
"I thought I had hit the front too soon on him. It was just a small field he beat, but he is an uncomplicated horse in the right company."
There was no hard-luck story for Muthmira when initiating De Sousa's double with victory in the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.
After being left in the stalls at Chelmsford on her debut and being hampered in running at Ascot last time out the Simon Crosford-trained 7-2 winner finally put her head in front when making most for a length-and-a-quarter success.
Bruce Raymond, racing manager to owner Sheikh Juma Dalmook Al Maktoum, said: "We thought she would win at Chelmsford, but she stood in the gates and gave them too much ground.
"At Ascot they just crowded across her and she was left with nowhere to run. We were a bit anxious to make sure she used the draw and got out well.
"She is a nice progressive filly that has got a good shape about her."
Amanda Perrett is to put grand plans on hold for the time being in favour of adopting a more patient approach with You're Hired following his third success of the campaign in the Dan Hague Rails Bookmaker Handicap.
After being denied a hat-trick on his last start the 8-11 favourite returned to winning ways when seeing out the extended one-mile-three furlongs in good fashion by a length and a quarter, to complete a double for Ryan Moore on his first visit to the track this season.
The Pulborough handler said: "I think he really appreciated the step up in trip. He ran much more professionally today but he is learning and improving all the time.
"Last time at Goodwood the slow pace didn't suit him and he was beaten by two horses with much more experience.
"He won a handicap by just over a length today so it is important not to get too carried away. He is likely to stay in handicaps for the rest of the season. He is an exciting horse that is going the right way."
Moore completed a good day with a win aboard the Peter Chapple-Hyam-trained Pleasure Dome (5-2) who followed up her maiden success at Chelmsford 12 days ago in the Thomas Prior Memorial Handicap.
David Simcock's believed the chances of Zymyran were better than his 12-1 price tag suggested and he was proven right following his win in the Stephen Wright Memorial Nursery Handicap, which he took by three-quarters of a length to give Harry Bentley the first leg of a double.
The Newmarket trainer said: "He was probably a bit unfortunate that he got beaten in a maiden at Wolverhampton, while Epsom was probably the wrong track for him last time and he just emptied out in the last half furlong.
"I think it was a little unfair that he was 12-1 as it could have been 5-1 the field."
Bentley matched the achievements of both De Sousa and Moore when getting the Ed Vaughan-trained Roman Holiday (3-1) home by a head in the Moulton Nurseries Maiden Stakes.
A decision was made to abandon the concluding Trafalgar Restaurant At Yarmouth Handicap over five furlongs before racing, after an inspection carried out by stewards into a patch of false ground.
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