S𝐢𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐞 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐬𝐚 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐇𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐊𝐨𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐬𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐨𝐧, 𝐚𝐝𝐝𝐬 𝐦𝐮𝐜𝐡-𝐧𝐞𝐞𝐝𝐞𝐝 𝐬𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐠𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐨 𝐣𝐨𝐜𝐤𝐞𝐲 𝐫𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐫
𝑻𝒉𝒓𝒆𝒆-𝒕𝒊𝒎𝒆 𝒄𝒉𝒂𝒎𝒑𝒊𝒐𝒏 𝒋𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒆𝒚 𝒊𝒏 𝑩𝒓𝒊𝒕𝒂𝒊𝒏 𝒉𝒂𝒔 𝒂𝒄𝒄𝒆𝒑𝒕𝒆𝒅 𝒔𝒊𝒙-𝒎𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒉 𝒄𝒐𝒏𝒕𝒓𝒂𝒄𝒕 𝒕𝒐 𝒓𝒊𝒅𝒆 𝒊𝒏 𝒕𝒉𝒆 𝒄𝒊𝒕𝒚 𝒇𝒓𝒐𝒎 𝑨𝒖𝒈𝒖𝒔𝒕 20
Silvestre de Sousa, a top rider, will return to Hong Kong to begin the 2022–23 season.
The 41-year-old Brazilian, who rode Glorious Forever to victory in the 2018 Hong Kong Cup, has agreed to a six-month contract with the HKJC from August 20 to February 20, 2023, and will be arriving in the city soon.
De Sousa, a three-time champion jockey in Britain, is thrilled to be returning to the city and brings much-needed strength to the jockey roster in light of the recent departures of Blake Shinn, Daniel Moor, and Tony Piccone.
De Sousa declared, "I believe this is a terrific chance for me. "After seeing some excellent performances while I was in Hong Kong, I made the decision to go out a little earlier than normal."
De Sousa has a long history of success in Hong Kong, where he rode 44 winners in a five-month period in 2018–19 that was incredibly fruitful. Earlier this year, De Sousa told the Post that he had initially accepted a similar contract last winter but had to renege on his plans due to Covid–19 restrictions.
De Sousa added, "Restrictions are a little better now, and I hope they will continue to get better for the entire racing sector.
"On certain occasions, when there are lots of visitors, Hong Kong is fantastic. I'm not new, but the folks here are extremely passionate about racing. I have gone in and out, and each time I have always gotten encouragement from both major and small trainers.
The relocation to Hong Kong, which occurs at a time when his star may be waning, forces De Sousa to end his season in Britain with three months remaining in the campaign.
De Sousa served as the retained rider for King Power Racing for the past three years, holding one of the most prominent positions in Britain. However, his contract was not renewed at the beginning of the season, and he has since had difficulty finding wins.
De Sousa won 206 races in 2017, a career-high, earning the second of his two champion jockey titles. However, he has won just 34 races this year and has received far fewer rides than in previous years, which may have made the decision to leave easier than it would have been in the past.
De Sousa declared, "This is a fantastic time for me to arrive." "Now that I'm a freelancer, this is something new. "I'm hoping for some smooth rides. Every jockey there works hard and is employed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, but I'll always give it my all to win.
De Sousa is just now telling some of his most important fans that he would soon be leaving the British racing scene after making the difficult decision to leave his family in Britain.
De Sousa declares, "I'm going by myself and seeing how things happen. "Leaving the family is difficult, but it's a good chance for me, and I'm satisfied with my choice.
I have only told a few close friends and family members that I would be leaving on August 23rd, following the York Ebor Festival. I'll let the trainers know that I'm riding for them now that the information is out, and I'll keep riding until I move, but I'm incredibly excited about this.