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Silvestre de Sousa plays down title chances despite treble at Ascot

• Brazilian says he will be fill in the gaps for other jockeys
• Champion of 2015 back working with Saeed bin Suroor

Silvestre de Sousa hit peak form here three days before the start of the Flat jockeys’ championship, kicking home the first three winners, including the Sagaro Stakes, and being beaten just a neck on his other ride. As is so often the case for De Sousa, who still seems underemployed for a jockey of his talent, his mounts were not strongly fancied and won despite odds of 12-1, 15-2 and 5-1, but even such a productive day was not enough to induce optimism in the Brazilian.

“Zero” was his response when asked to rate his chance of recovering the champion jockey’s title of 2015, which Jim Crowley took off him last year. When reporters protested, a smiling De Sousa insisted: “I’m telling you, I should be a 100-1 shot. I just fill in the gaps for the other jocks.

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