TRC rankings star: Silvestre de Sousa

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Silvestre de Sousa. Photo: HKJC
He’s got the power: Silvestre de Sousa had four Group-race wins over two days at Newmarket. Photo: HKJC

+13 Silvestre de Sousa

Apart from his brief stint at Godolphin (and not even then all the time), three-time British champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa hasn’t always been accorded the level of top-grade opportunities his talents so richly deserve.

The Brazilian has been in prime form of late, however, notably in a series of Group-race wins at last weekend’s high-profile Newmarket meeting. Having ridden a treble for his retainers King Power Racing – on Winter Power, Happy Power and Angel Power – on Friday’s card, SDS landed the Zetland Stakes on Saturday for trainer Martyn Meade on Lone Eagle.

More ‘power’ to his elbow. Do you see what I did there? Whatever, SDS advances 13pts on the TRC’s global rankings, moving up to #38 (from #58).

In any other week, Willie Pike (+10pt, #18 from #20), the ‘Wizard from the West’, would have been almost certain to gain top billing after his four-timer in Melbourne featuring a G1 double on Arcadia Queen (Caulfield Stakes) and Ole Kirk (Caulfield Guineas).

A numerical marvel in Western Australia, Pike could hardly have better advertised his talents for the bigger stage as he moves into the world Top 20.

The world’s number one-rated female jockey Jamie Kah (+5pt, #89 from #96) continues her rise after a G1 win on Mr Quickie at Caulfield, while expat Kiwi Jason Collett (+7pt, #100 from #121) also gets a nice bump after hitting the mark at Randwick with Montefilia.

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