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Talking Horses: Will De Sousa deny Oisin Murphy ascent to jockeys’ title?

The champion does not begin his defence as the clear favourite, however. That status falls, albeit very narrowly, to Oisin Murphy

Silvestre de Sousa was in his civvies the last time he was seen in public on a British track, when he picked up the trophy for winning the Flat jockeys’ championship for the third time at Ascot on Champions Day in mid-October.

De Sousa was suspended at the time and left shortly afterwards to take up a contract in Hong Kong that has proved highly successful, with more than 40 winners on the board at a strike-rate of 15% and a Group One victory on Glorious Forever in the Hong Kong Cup in December. It was all going so well, in fact, that de Sousa added an extra month to the original four and missed the birth of his new son, Harry, back in Britain as a result.

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