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Jim Crowley began his flat racing career as an amateur before switching to National Hunt racing, where he landed approximately 300 winners. He then returned to the flat to ride for sister-in-law Amanda Perrett. After years of hard work, Jim was finally rewarded when we won the 2016 Stobart Flat Jockey Championship with an incredible 148 winners. That was followed by a lucrative retained partnership with leading owner Sheikh Hamdan al-Maktoum, for whom he is the no.1 jockey. Now, the reigning Champion Jockey gives you an exclusive insight into all of his big rides for the 2017 season, courtesy of Coral.

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Crowley calls it: “Ganayem should run a really big race”

2.30 Royal Ascot – Octave

Her form is very good. She was second to the Coventry Stakes winner. She must have a good chance. I’m pleased to have picked up the ride.

3.40 Royal Ascot – Eqtidaar

I’m really looking forward to riding this horse. He’s been working really well at home and his work partner won the Jersey Stakes. I’m really hopeful of a very big run. He’s one of the horses I’ve been looking forward all week to riding.

5.00 Royal Ascot – Ganayem

She has a really nice chance. She won her maiden at Nottingham first time out on fast ground, in a track record, and the race has thrown up winners. I think she should run a really good race. She’s progressing and going the right way.

Dane O’Neill rides Tajaanus who is a tough filly, but she’s carrying top weight. She should be there or thereabouts but I decided to go with the more progressive filly.

5.35 Royal Ascot – Saunter

I won the November Handicap on him on Good to Soft ground but I think he’s equally effective on fast ground. He has a reasonable draw and hopefully he can go well.

Jim