De Sousa praises Jim Crowley

Silvestre de Sousa appears to have conceded defeat in the race to claim this season's Stobart Flat Jockeys' title.

Silvestre De Sousa praised Jim Crowley's efforts

The reigning champion is 12 winners behind title rival Jim Crowley ahead of racing at Kempton on Wednesday evening after Crowley extended his tally to 134 with a winner at Nottingham earlier in the afternoon.

De Sousa is proud of his efforts in his bid to retain his crown, but with the championship coming to an end on Champions Day at Ascot on Saturday week, time is running out for him to close the gap.

"It's been a fantastic battle. It's been brilliant and it's been a great season," the Brazilian rider told Great British Racing.

"Jim's a good rider, he's been working very hard and it's paid off.

"I have had a season I can look back on and be really proud of – I have given it my all.

"It was remarkable to win last year, and brilliant I could celebrate it at Ascot with my friends and family.

"Once the championship is over I'm looking forward to a few days off before I head to Hong Kong."

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