Watch out for Brazilian star this afternoon

Silvestre de Sousa could be the jockey to follow on the Ladies Day,as Great Yarmouth Racecourse stages the final day of the Eastern Festival with a tricky seven-race-card.

The Brazilian has seven rides booked – with his best chances Idler (2.10) and Bowdlers Magic (4.10), both for trainer Mark Johnston.

Idler lines up in the opening race on the card, the British Stallion Studs E.B.F. Bartholomews Jewellers Sprint Maiden Stakes. This colt showed promise when finishing fourth on his debut at Musselburgh back in April and an entry in the totepool Two-Year-Old Trophy at Redcar on Octobersuggests that Idler is well thought of by his stable. Of the rest Poker Holiday, with Kieren Fallon aboard, merits respect.

Bowdlers Magic runs in the feature race of the day, the Boodles Diamond Handicap. This consistent gelding has yet to get his nose in front this season but was unlucky at Chester last time out, when failing to find room inside the final furlong when finishing third. Hopefully compensation awaits for this game performer in this competitive contest, in which Zuider Zee and Huff and Puff rate as dangers.

Handsome Ransom is taken to pay dividends in the British Stallion Studs Supporting British Racing E.B.F. Maiden Stakes (2.40). Trained by in-form John Gosden, this Red Ransom colt is fancied to go well on his racecourse debut, after encouraging signs on the gallops. Of the rest Muntasir and Yaa Salam from Godolphin look the dangers.


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Garrarufa is a tentative selection for the Seajacks Selling Nursery (3.10). The Rod Millman-trained colt, has yet set the world alight, but was placed third when outpaced over seven furlongs at Leicester last time out. Hopefully Garrarufa will benefit from a step up to a mile.

The Roger Varian-trained Bu Naaji looks the one to watch in the At The Races Nursery (3.40). This colt was an impressive winner on his two previous starts at Lingfield and Salisbury. Motirani will hopefully deliver in the Your Mortgage Solutions Gorleston Handicap (4.40). This gelding has been disappointing on his last two starts, but is selected on the basis that he a guaranteed stayer and has ran well over course and distance earlier in the season.

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