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.
AYR: 1.40 Midaawi, 2.10 Reckless Serenade, 2.40 Wahaab, 3.15 Taffetta, 3.50 Duke Cosimo, 4.25 Run To The Hills (next best), 5.00 Reinforced, 5.30 Ted’s Brother.
CHELMSFORD: 5.55 Pranceleya, 6.25 Really Special, 6.5 HERSIGH (NAP), 7.25 Basem, 7.55 Statuesque, 8.25 Lmntrix, 8.55 Free Bounty.
EXETER: 2.20 Court King, 2.55 Regal Flow, 3.30 Pawn Star, 4.05 Emerging Force (treble), 4.40 Theligny, 5.15 Zarliman.
HEREFORD: 2.00 Rather Be, 2.30 Colin’s Sister, 3.05 Definite Outcome, 3.40 Collodi, 4.15 Roc D’Apsis, 4.50 Aces Over Eights, 5.20 Rouge Devils.