Brazilian jockey Silvestre De Sousa was the talk of the entire Malakpet race course on the 10th day of the Hyderabad winter races 2007-08.
Silvestre De Sousa, who has been brought to India by Martand Mahindra, started riding in Bangalore but couldn’t show much success there. The talent of this young lad was spotted by trainer Rafaat Hussain and the owner N. Adil Mirza. Silvestre had only two rides for the day, both for Mr Mirza and he duly followed the instructions without even knowing the track well.
Silvestre De Sousa's first mount was Ten Downing Street, a good colt by Local Talent. De Sousa positioned his mount in a handy fourth position before assaulting his challenge at the top of the straight. He cleverly made his move from the inside to take charge at 150 metres and won handsomely. Ten Downing Street, who has completed a hat-trick, has a few more races in store.
Silvestre's next win came through Dark Desire who was available at 10's in the betting ring. The hot favourite Born Brave led most of the way before surrendering meekly to first Indian Archer and then to Fabulous Crown. Silvestre, on the saddle of Dark Desire, assaulted his challenge with a fine run on the wide outside to come out victorious.
Silvestre will be riding Vijayraaj in the Golconda 2000 Guineas. Expect to hear more about Silvestre in the coming days for his talent and ability.
The feature event of the afternoon was won by Maximise in a hard fought race from Khaleel's Pride. The maiden 2 year-olds race was won by debutant filly CommonKnowledge, who is by Fair Counsel and is a half sister to Jewel Star.
Trainer Rafaat Hussain scored a lucrative treble and was unlucky to miss out his fourth win with Danzsingh who came late on the scene to finish an impressive second. Dashmesh Stud Farm had 4 winners for the day in a 9-event card.