Hong Kong Diary

As British Champion Jockey Silvestre de Sousa prepares for his final rides in Hong Kong, we look to his Sunday mounts at Sha Tin. De Sousa's imminent departure may open even more doors for the inform Karis Teetan who looks to have several strong mounts on Sunday.

  • Saturday 23 March
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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.

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.

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