British three-time champion Silvestre de Sousa will journey to Hong Kong within the close to future after deciding higher alternatives lie there.
De Sousa, who was topped high racer for the primary time in 2015 earlier than successful consecutive titles in 2017 and 2018, has been granted a license by the Hong Kong Racing Membership from August 20 to twenty, rode 91 winners there in his earlier 4 phrases.
Launched from his King Energy Racing contract final yr, de Sousa has ridden 31 winners this yr with a ten% strike price – the bottom since 2007 – and can reduce his UK marketing campaign brief. and arrived in Hong Kong on August 23, the earliest he has ever executed so.
The 41-year-old mentioned: “The British means of racing is, should you don’t have a follower, you go round day-after-day simply to go a couple of times. It is advisable to have a barn, and I’m not. proper now.
“I informed myself I’ve been in Hong Kong and I don’t wish to miss the prospect to go on the market once more. It’s a great atmosphere and an excellent bonus.
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“It’s important to work laborious and I hope to have help from the coaches once I arrive. It takes lots of thought as a result of it’s not a straightforward transfer when you have got a household with kids. small, however that’s the best way it goes generally.”
De Sousa loved a outstanding feat within the Far East in the course of the 2018-19 winter, when he took 44 winners in a short while, together with the Longines Hong Kong Cup (G1) on board. Glory without end.
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He gained the worldwide jockey’ problem there in 2018 and hopes to rekindle earlier hyperlinks he made with coaches.
De Sousa will even experience in Singapore on the Lion Metropolis Cup assembly at Kranji Racecourse on August 14, when he’ll associate with the Stephen Crutchley-trained Corridor of Fame Star within the pre-final week’s function race. he’s within the UK.
He added: “Everyone seems to be so grateful and the coaches have all the time taken care of me and let me experience. I’m very lucky to have ridden just a few winners of the massive races on the market. You get Hong Kong. Jockey retains the Membership, and also you’re a freelancer.
“I’m going again to spend per week within the UK and I hope I can get just a few extra winners earlier than I am going there and have some good winners in Asia too.”
De Sousa will be part of Harry Bentley as a former British racing driver plying his commerce in Hong Kong, whereas Neil Callan spent 11 years there earlier than returning to the UK final yr.