Silvestre de Sousa is Hong Kong-bound via a Singapore return
Silvestre de Sousa has been licensed for his longest stint yet in Hong Kong but first he will take a rare trip to Singapore.
Silvestre de Sousa will pay a flying visit to Singapore before he heads to Hong Kong later this month to take up a contract with the Hong Kong Jockey Club that could see him ride a full season in the city for the first time.
The Brazilian received the nod on Wednesday for a Hong Kong licence, which starts on August 20 – giving him time to prepare for the season opener on September 11 – and runs until February 20. Such a licensing agreement often sets up a jockey to continue through to the season’s end in July.
“I always wanted to spend a bit more time in Hong Kong, that’s always been in my mind, so when the King Power contract finished after three years, I thought that would give me the opportunity to go back there for a longer period of time,” De Sousa told The Report.
I always wanted to spend a bit more time in Hong Kong, that’s always been in my mind.
The three-time British champion has an impressive record when flying in for short-term winter stints and the best of those yielded 44 wins across five months in 2018-19. A similar level of success across a full season would see him push for a top three spot in the premiership, but he is being sensibly circumspect about any talk of a title challenge.