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Newmarket jockey Silvestre de Sousa rounds off successful time in the Far East by winning the Longines Hong Kong Cup on Glorious Forever




Silvestre de Sousa capped a week to remember on Sunday by riding Glorious Forever to victory in the Longines Hong Kong Cup.

Earlier in his stint out in the Far East, the Newmarket-based jockey romped to the Longines International Jockeys’ Championship title at Happy Valley with a return of 34 points.

Twelve months earlier the Brazilian, who was crowned UK Flat Jockeys’ champion for a third time in October, finished second at the Hong Kong event to Zac Purton.

Dubai Future Champions Festival Saturday..Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap (Heritage Handicap)..Withhold Silvestre De Sousa Roger Charlton..Picture Mark Westley. (5916526)
Dubai Future Champions Festival Saturday..Betfred Cesarewitch Handicap (Heritage Handicap)..Withhold Silvestre De Sousa Roger Charlton..Picture Mark Westley. (5916526)

But on this occasion he was well clear of the rest of the field, with runner-up Colin Keane 18 points adrift.

And that was followed by further success during the weekend’s Group 1 contest with the Frankie Lor-trained Glorious Forever.

The four-year-old – along with last year’s winner and elder sibling Time Warp – broke well and the two went toe-to-toe during the early exchanges.

However, the younger Glorious Forever soon pulled away and De Sousa had left enough in reserve to hold off a late challenge from favourite Deirdre.

“Everything was in my favour, the draw was perfect for riding a horse who could be one or two in the run. Everything went to the plan,” said 37-year-old De Sousa.

“I did not want to overdo it in front, but to make sure Time Warp did not come around, I had to make sure we were going a true gallop.

“I won the battle for the first 300 metres and I was going so well at the 800.

“I thought to myself they would have to be very good to pick him up. It would have to be one of the Europeans because I did not think that Time Warp would come back again.”

Ashley jockey James Doyle was also involved in the contest, finishing second last on Ed Walker’s Stormy Antarctic.

Doyle, who has enjoyed a string of impressive victories in 2018, said: “He actually ran very well. I was quite proud of him considering the way the race developed from my outside draw.

“He got a bit spooked by a man up in the gate and flopped out, jumped really slowly so I just hooked down the fence.

“The race got really strung out and we ended up miles back.”