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Silvestre de Sousa: 'The outsider' who's quick on the inside line

Updated 5:46 AM ET, Wed October 12, 2016
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Silvestre de Sousa in the weighing room at Ascot -- the racecourse where he hopes to be crowned the UK's champion jockey for a second straight season in October. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
De Sousa is going head-to-head for the title with British jockey Jim Crowley -- the tussle looking set to go to the wire at QIPCO Champions Day on 15 October. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images for Ascot Racecours
Despite being a relative unknown, de Sousa came close to a first jockeys' title in 2011, finishing runner up to champion Paul Hanagan. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
His most notable victory was at the prestigious Dubai World Cup in 2014 riding for the mighty Godolphin stable. Francois Nel/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
There were a number of successes for de Sousa in Godolphin's colors but he was released as their retained jockey in 2015. Warren Little/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
The Godolphin separation and his unusual passage into flat racing make de Sousa feel like "the outsider," he says. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
Despite feeling like an outsider, the Brazilian considers himself to be an adopted Englishman and has reveled in riding winners for many leading British trainers. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images
From Newbury (pictured) to Redcar and every racecourse in between de Sousa has ridden a host of different race winners all over the UK. Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe/Getty Images