More winners for red-hot de Sousa
Silvestre de Sousa continued his relentless march towards a second Stobart Flat Jockeys' Championship after recording a near 303-1 treble at Brighton initiated by his 100th winner of the season aboard the Simon Crisford-trained Al Ozzdi in the Bombardier EBF Novice Stakes.
De Sousa said after the 7/2 shot's three-quarter of a length success: "It's great the season is going well and it is nice to have 100 winners. There is still a long way to go, but I would like to be champion again.
"The horses are running well and I am making the most of the opportunities. The jockey is only as good as the horses they ride.
"I've not ridden a big winner yet this season, which I would like to do, but I have had a couple of nice days like the one where I rode five winners at Sandown and one at Goodwood on the same day."
The Brazilian enjoyed further victories through the Ed De Giles-trained Overhaugh Street (14/1) in the Shipyard Brewery Handicap, before completing his haul in division one of the Razorback Handicap when obliging by a neck on Whiteley (7/2) from the yard of Mick Channon.
It was a case of one man's loss, another man's gain after bargain-buy Lord Clenaghcastle gained the biggest win of his career in the Hobgoblin Brighton Mile Challenge Trophy Handicap.
With his intended rider Hector Crouch stood down following a fall from Opera Buffa in the preceding race, the 6,500 euro purchase made it four wins from just eight starts under super sub Shane Kelly.
Although committed for home early enough, the Gary Moore-trained son of Big Bad Bob had plenty up his sleeve to take the feature contest by two lengths.
Moore said of the 5/1 winner: "I was a bit worried when they went on early, but I was more worried when I left the house to come racing as it was raining so hard.
"This is all down to Michael Baldry (owner), he went to Goresbridge (sales) last year and bought four horses and has got one good one out of them. I think he is an improving horse. Shane Kelly said it was like riding a piece of work."
He added: "I am gutted for Hector not being able to ride him. It has worked out well for the horse. It's a nice pot and I'm pleased for everyone involved.
"He is going to be rated 80 plus now and we could run him at Epsom on Bank Holiday Monday."
While it took Bumptious (11/4) seven tries before getting off the mark at Ffos Las, the Ismail Mohammed-trained four-year-old further showed she is getting the hang of things when hanging on by a short head in the Marathonbet Festival Of Racing/EBF Fillies' Handicap.
Winning jockey Jim Crowley said: "She just pulled up a little bit with me, but she did that at Ffos Las. The ground was probably as quick as she wanted it. She is a nice type of horse and hopefully she will keep progressing."
More visits to the Sussex track could be on the cards for John Cassidy, co-owner of the John Butler-trained Haveoneyerself, who made it fifth time lucky when taking the opening Visit marathonbet.co.uk Nursery Handicap by half a length
Cassidy said: "It is our first visit here and hopefully there will be a few more winners. The ground was pretty fast today and that's what we wanted. We hoped the rain would hold off and it did.
"We brought the kids down here for a couple of days before we go back to Liverpool."
Tojosimbre (8/1) gained the first win of his career in the Wainwright Selling Handicap, requiring every yard of the mile and a half before defeating Bizet by a short head.
Trainer Richard Hughes said: "That was great. He is very ordinary, but he might win again."
The Special One (8/1) proved to be just that for trainer Ali Stronge and jockey Tom Marquand when carry top weight to glory by a neck in division two of the seven-furlong handicap.
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