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SILVESTRE de Sousa rode a 54-1 treble in the first meeting of the new flat season at Windsor on Monday.

De Sousa, 37, is a two-time and reigning British champion, and he has already ridden 12 wins this season at a strike rate of 15 per-cent.

The Brazilian got off the mark at Windsor in the opening Handicap sprint aboard Marietta Robusti for Berkshire-based trainer and former professional footballer Mick Channon.

The 9-2 chance was always close up in the six-runner five furlong event and stayed on towards the near side to lead over a furlong from the finish.

Marietta Robusti was soon driven clear but eased near the finish for a four length win over 4-1 shot Give Em A Clump in second place.

De Sousa and Channon teamed up again to land the feature six furlong Handicap, a qualifier for the Winter Sprint Series, with evens money favourite Mobsta.

The six-year-old won a Listed race at Doncaster in April 2016 from an official rating of 100 but has since dropped in the handicap to a mark of 88.

Mobsta was held up in the last trio and progressed on the outer over two furlongs from the finish. The pair closed on the leaders and was driven ahead inside the last 75-yards to readily beat Glory Of Paris (4-1) by a head, with Bahamian Dollar (7-1) back in third place.

Royal Borough Observer:

PHOTO: Champion jockey Silvestre de Sousa rode a 54-1 treble at Windsor on Monday.

The champion jockey completed his treble aboard Bakht A Rawan in the closing handicap ran over a mile for trainer Stuart Kittow.

The 4-1 favourite was well in touch and progressed in the centre of the track before being driven ahead well over a furlong out.

The six-year-old kept on well in the final furlong to beat 11-2 shot Harlequin Striker by a length and a half.

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