Her­sigh is set to strike

Warwickshire Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

QUITE what Sil­vestre de Sousa thought when Saeed bin Suroor booked him for the ride on Her­sigh is any­one’s guess, but the pair should be cel­e­brat­ing a win­ner at Chelmsford.

De Sousa might have thought he was made, if not for life, then cer­tainly for longer than the three years which he held the post as Godol­phin’s re­tained rider.

He was let go by Sheikh Mo­hammed’s op­er­a­tion, but the fol­low­ing year was crowned cham­pion jockey and all was rosy again. And while he looks like los­ing his crown to Jim Crow­ley, the Brazil­ian is at the top of his game.

In con­trast, it has been a tough sea­son for Bin Suroor, with the virus, preva­lent through­out New­mar­ket, hit­ting him harder than most but he has emerged through the other side and the win­ners are start­ing to push through again.

This is tra­di­tion­ally the time of year he does well, win­ning lots of maid­ens, and Her­sigh, hav­ing made her de­but when the yard was all wrong, showed much more when sec­ond to a promis­ing type in Belle Diva last month.

The Poet’s Voice filly tack­les colts here – and some well-bred ones at that – but if she con­tin­ues to progress her ex­pe­ri­ence should stand her in good stead in the Totepool Race­course Cash Back Avail­able Maiden.

Sta­ble­mate Basem can see off a host of three-year-olds in the totepool Rac­ing’s Big­gest Sup­porter Con­di­tions Stakes.

The five-year-old, win­ner of the Wood Dit­ton a cou­ple of years ago. is the sort of twi­light horse Godol­phin have strug­gled with in re­cent years, too high in the hand­i­cap to win the big ones but not quite good enough to mix it in Pat­tern races.

This year he has run a cracker in the John Smith’s Cup to be fifth to Ed­u­cate and was sec­ond to Bel­gian Bill in a Listed race in Turkey last time out.

Given time to get over that, he might just be a bit more streetwise than some of his younger op­po­nents.

Run To The Hills is an in­ter­est­ing run­ner sent all the way to Ayr for the Crab­bies Hand­i­cap.

He was sup­posed to run at As­cot last week but was pulled out when well fan­cied for a hot hand­i­cap. Ge­orge Peck­ham’s charge is the only three-year-old in a field of 14 but there looked to be plenty more in the locker when he won at Thirsk in Au­gust.

He was hit with an 8lb rise but that was only the fourth run of his life so he has far more scope to progress than the rest of the field, who are mostly ex­posed. The book­ing of lead­ing north­ern ap­pren­tice Adam McNa­mara is another pos­i­tive.

Rac­ing fi­nally re­turns to Here­ford where Tom Ge­orge’s Roc D’Ap­sis is the pick in the bet365.com Sil­ver Salver Hand­i­cap Chase.

Third to The­atre Guide in the old Rac­ing Plus Chase at Kemp­ton, he was sub­se­quently dropped 2lb af­ter pulling up at Ain­tree. He needs good ground to be seen at his best and ev­ery­thing looks in place for a big run.

At Ex­eter Harry Whit­ting­ton’s Emerg­ing Force stands out in the 188Bet.co.uk Be­gin­ners’ Chase.

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