Britain's Champion Jockey Silvestre de Sousa continues to make news in Hong Kong. The brilliant Brazilian will be live from Sha Tin on Sky Sports Racing on Sunday morning and has some bright chances to sign off in style on what is the final day of his hugely successful five-month stay.
NEW DAD DE SOUSA HEADS HOME IN STYLE
Silvestre de Sousa heads home from Hong Kong after Sunday's Sha Tin meeting with a new baby son to look forward to and one of the most successful winter stints in HK racing history to look back on.
De Sousa's s wife Victoria gave birth to their third child recently and the Brazilian's first priority on his return to the UK will be to get acquainted with little Harry before jumping into his new role as retained rider for King Power Racing.
Time will tell whether the new role helps or hinders his hopes of a fourth British Championship, but he will be missed in HK by owners and trainers alike.
Silvestre storms home on Super Star: Tony Millard's fast-improving graduate of last year's Hong Kong International Sale makes it three wins from just five runs with a withering late run from the rear under de Sousa. #HKracing pic.twitter.com/6v4hJ60b7z
— HKJC Racing (@HKJC_Racing) March 17, 2019
South African trainer Tony Millard is a tough man to impress but simply said "what a jockey" after de Sousa galvanized his Super Star to a last-gasp success at Sha Tin last Sunday.
And the statistics back up Millard's view handsomely. From a standing start with no guarantee of rides, de Sousa has driven home 43 winners during a 20-week stay including the G1 Hong Kong Cup aboard Glorious Forever.
Those winners, along with 99 others who made the frame, have earned £6.5m in prize money. The percentage will pay for a lot of nappies and it will come as a huge surprise if the British champ isn't back in his second home for a minimum of three months again next winter.
Jockey Silvestre de Sousa talks about his successful stint in Hong Kong ahead of a return to the United Kingdom
RIGHT CHOICE SET TO BE IN THE RIGHT PLACE
The above figures show de Sousa made the right choice in heading east last November and it's fitting that the fast-improving Right Choice is his headline ride on his final day in HK.
Frankie Lor's gelding lines up for the Kowloon Cricket Club Centenary Cup at 8.10 GMT after winning four from five including this emphatic defeat of Class 3 rivals over 1400m three weeks ago.
And we end with another exciting 4yo. Right Choice delivers a 4th win at start 5 for Frankie Lor and Silvestre de Sousa.
Right Choice has been raised 9lb for his Class 2 debut but he steps up to 8f for the first time now and that promises to suit him very well.
Add in the fact that he is set to be well placed a field that is short on proven front runners and his prospects of giving de Sousa a winning farewell look rosy.
WARRIOR PRIMED FOR BATTLE AFTER STRIKING TRIAL
De Sousa's departure will open doors for several other riders but one jockey who is making his own luck this season is Karis Teetan.
The popular Mauritian has already passed his previous best total with 61 winners on the board and number 62 looks firmly on the cards when exciting newcomer Voyage Warrior makes his debut in the Pine Tree Hill Handicap.
This 5f dash goes off at the ungodly hour of 5.15am for British and Irish viewers but the way that Voyage Warrior bolted up in a recent morning trial over 5f - clocking a quickfire 57.1s with a hugely impressive 20.1s middle split - indicates that he could be way better than an opening mark of 52 suggests.
SPEED THE KEY AS MULTIMILLION BIDS TO SCORE AGAIN
Teetan climbs aboard another very speedy young sprinter when Multimillion lines up for the Hillwood Handicap at 7.40am.
Tony Cruz's gelding has been raised 6lb for a recent course and distance defeat of Goko, who reopposes on 4lb better terms, but Multimillion went clear in the style of a progressive horse before tiring late and still looks nicely treated from a mark of 66.
The Tony Cruz-trained Multimillion ran very wide over 1200m on his previous start but dominates throughout at even money back over the minimum trip to give @KarisTeetan a quickfire double in R5 at Sha Tin. pic.twitter.com/i1IxJpi8hZ— HKJC Racing (@HKJC_Racing) March 10, 2019
Honest Way looks the obvious starting point in the Gascoigne Handicap at 8.40.
Umberto Rispoli's mount ran into the fast-improving Full of Beauty on both his last two starts but faces nothing of his calibre this time, while champion jockey Zac Purton holds obvious claims in the concluding Austin Handicap (9.50am) aboard the bang-in-form Racing Fighter.