Silvestre De Sousa last night rode a superb four timer, starting off with the first four winners on the card at Kempton.
De Sousa, who is currently in third place in the Jockeys Championship, behind Richard Hughes and Ryan Moore, has had a very strong start. However, he will not be in the running for the title due to his connections with Godolphin landing him a stint in Dubai over the winter months.
De Sousa's first victory came on Charlie Appleby trained Maria Bella for his retainer Godolphin. The 11/10 shot recorded a safe victory over second placed Gay Marriage (trained by John Gosden and ridden by William Buick) in the Betdaq Sports Betting Exchange Maiden at 4:30.
The Godolphin owned two-year-old scored by over two and 3/4 lengths recording a cosy enough success in a race which marked the impending end of the flat season.
De Sousa's second victory came on Natural Choice, trained by Saeed bin Suroor and again owned by Godolphin. The two-year-old scored by five lengths with Charlie Appleby's newcomer Sibling Honour in second place, also for Godolphin.
The two-year-old won the second division of the first race in easy style, demolishing a fast finishing Sibling Honour and third placed finisher Billowing, trained by John Gosden and ridden by William Buick.
Natural Choice, a 3/1 shot broke her maiden tag at the second time of asking and now has the potential for progression over the winter months or towards the start of next year, targeting longer races in the future.
De Sousa's third victory came on Ian Williams trained Stevie Thunder, a regular on the A/W especially at Kempton and Lingfield. This victory was as impressive as De Sousa's second, as the eight-year-old powered to the lead and finished strongly to score by over three 1/2 lengths.
In second was 25/1 longshot Karam Albaari for John Jenkins and Frederik Tylicki. Back in third place was 4/1 joint favourite Deserted for Luca Cumani and Andrea Atzeni. Stevie Thunder was an 8/1 shot and will certainly be turned around as quick as possible in an attempt to avoid a large hike in the handicap weights.
De Sousa's final victory came aboard short priced Pretend for Charlie Appleby and Godolphin. Pretend won by seven lengths at a price of around 4/5. In second place was Beyond Smart at 4/1 for John Gosden and William Buick, who had failed the first and the second two-year-old races on the card (4:30 and the 5:00) having both of there horses in the first three.
In third place was John Gosden's other runner Twin Point for Nicky Mackay outrunning his predicted price of 33/1.
De Sousa's four timer followed up Adam Kirby's remarkable four timer from the evening before, also at Kempton Park Racecourse. Although De Sousa's was a shorted price than Kirby's the feat remains the same and one of the hardest things for a jockey to do, other than winning the illustrious Jockeys Championship in Britain.
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