De Sousa strikes at Epsom

Latest news from this afternoon's meeting at Epsom as Silvestre de Sousa got among the winners with Hurricane Rush.

Silvestre De Sousa: Winner at Epsom

Hurricane Rush gave defending champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa a winner in the British Stallion Studs EBF Median Auction Maiden Stakes at Epsom.

Although slowly away, the Charlie Hills-trained two-year-old hit the target at the fourth time of asking when wearing down Firefright – ridden by De Sousa's in-form title rival Jim Crowley – in the closing stages of the seven-furlong contest.

Having finished second on both his previous starts, the most recent over course and distance last month, the 11-4 shot picked up well to forge past the 6-5 favourite inside the final 100 yards and claim victory by half a length.

Travelling head lad John Burrows said: "The pace of the race suited him as he will stay a mile no problem.

"It was not the first time that he has been slowly away. When James McDonald rode him at Wolverhampton he was the same, but he is learning all the time.

"He is well capable, but he has just been a bit late maturing as he is a big horse.

"He will probably have a go at a Listed race later on, otherwise he will end up top weight in a nursery handicap."

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