The incredible story of Silvestre De Sousa becoming Stobart Champion Flat Jockey 2017

Liked and respected by his colleagues, sought after by owners and trainers, and undeniably popular with the punters, Silvestre De Sousa has been the runaway winner of a second Stobart Champion Flat Jockey crown, having won his first in 2015.

Silvestre De Sousa’s rise to the very top of British Flat racing is an incredible story, growing up in a remote island to the north of Brazil he had a lot of obstacles to overcome but his industry, perseverance and quite self-confidence saw him reach the pinnacle of British Flat racing.

This year De Sousa has hardly given his rivals a chance. He burst out of the stalls and quickly pulled clear and by the end of June was already 19 clear of second place. He reached a 100 winners in the Stobart-backed Championship in early August just 96 days after it started. This was helped by the fact he had ridden two or more winners on no less than 28 during that period includig one six-timer, three four-timers and four trebles.

From growing up on a small farm in Brazil to becoming 2017 Stobart Champion Flat Jockey, here’s Silvestre De Sousa’s incredible journey.

 

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