Like any other sport, horse racing is no exception to international transfers. We’ve often seen the likes of NBA players heading to the lucrative leagues of China, and similarly, many top European soccer players have found their way into the fledgling US leagues.
But one of the biggest stories to hit American racing in recent times comes with the announcement that champion jockey Silvestre De Sousa has arrived in the States.
The Brazilian jockey jumped to global attention through his exploits on the British racing scene. Since arriving in the UK in 2006 he had impressed racing fans by winning over 100 racing in less than three years, often on horses with long odds.
2011 was De Sousa’s breakthrough year however. By forming an alliance with Yorkshire-based trainer Mark Johnson, the jockey managed to achieve commanding wins at prestigious races such as the Epsom Derby and Royal Ascot. It was also the year that De Sousa made his impressive breakthroughs abroad for the first time at the famous Melbourne Cup.
The following years saw further spectacular wins abroad with an outstanding result at Italy’s Premio Roma in 2012, as well as the Dubai Turf in 2013, and the Dubai World Cup in 2014. It was such successes that brought De Sousa to the attention of American agents.
Although there are many differences between American and European racing, it is felt that De Sousa will be quick to make an impression here. Those keen to follow De Sousa’s exploits can expect to see him on the circuit in 2016, and Betway’s site offers a quick way to bet online, and an easy way to check the results too, and few would expect the jockey to stay out of the headlines for long.
A big part of De Sousa’s predicted success will rest with the experienced trainer Seth Benzel who will become the Brazilian’s agent during his time in the States. Benzel has over fifteen years experience of training in the top-level horse racing arena and he has the best horse racing tips in the industry, and as stated that although it will be hard to Benzel to adapt to the differences in track racing, the jockey will be expected to acclimatise to the cooler weather soon.
The jockey has already started training in New York, and although the differences between American and English racing are significant, De Sousa has already shown impressive form in adapting to a variety of racing styles. And with last weekend showing the first outing for the Brazilian at the Breeder’s Cup, it’s expected that we will soon see much more of this promising jockey.