De Sousa sets sights on Ascot in recovery from Chelmsford fall

‘I knew straight away that I was in trouble’

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Silvestre de Sousa is aiming to be back in the saddle in time for Qipco Champions Day at Ascot on October 19.

The three-times champion jockey is currently sidelined by injury having suffered a broken collarbone in a fall at Chelmsford on Friday evening of last week.

De Sousa was taken to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge after Alnadir, trained by Simon Crisford, came down when squeezed for room in a five-runner handicap over 10 furlongs won by Secret Art.

Speaking in his Star Sports blog, De Sousa said: “It’s been just under a week since my fall at Chelmsford and I am feeling better with every day that passes.

“It was just one of those things that can happen when race-riding. I cannot remember too much as you go from riding a finish to suddenly hitting the ground hard – very hard.

“I knew straight away that I was in trouble. Something didn’t feel right with my shoulder and neck. I was also badly winded.”

De Sousa is considering returning to his native Brazil in a bid to aid his recovery.

He added: “It’s now all about rest and recuperation and the doctors reckon it will take about five weeks for me to be pain free and back in action.

“I’m still sore and feel very battered and bruised, but I’m determined to get back as soon as I can.

“Depending on whether I get passed fit to fly, I may try to get back to Brazil with the family for a couple of weeks – the sunshine may speed up the recuperation.

“I suppose the big and obvious target is to get back for Champions Day at Ascot. It’s an obvious date in the diary and the dream would be to try and get back riding a week or 10 days beforehand. That’s the goal anyway.”

De Sousa sets sights on Ascot in recovery from Chelmsford fall
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