Jim Crowley: “Mustashry is ready to do himself justice”
Jim Crowley looks back on a tough weekend in Paris
The Arc de Triomphe was a really damp squib in the end. Enbihaar ran a great race on the Saturday but the ground beat her; it was heavy and she’s a top of the ground filly.
She ran remarkably well given the going, and I think she’d have hosed up on better ground. She was beaten by two three-year-old fillies who were getting weight from my horse and they loved the soft ground.
It was the same for Enable. She was the best horse in the race but on that heavy ground she unfortunately got beat. Waldgeist is a mud lover, and a very good horse, but he’s never given Enable any trouble before but the way the race was run, at such a strong pace, it played into his hands on that ground.
She just got outstayed in the end. It was a real shame. Once she got beat the atmosphere at Longchamp was like a bubble popping.
Then Battaash never went a yard on the ground. He hated it. I knew he could handle soft ground, but when it was a heavy and sticky as that it’s a different test. I was never happy with him from the word go. In terms of where he goes next it’s all up in the air.
13.50 Newmarket – Jamaheery
I really like this filly. We went away and had a racecourse gallop and then she won at Yarmouth very impressively. That was over six furlongs that day so she is dropping back in trip here.
She is by Kodiac so I don’t think she’ll mind a bit of slow ground, and I think she has a very good chance. I’m looking forward to riding her.
15.00 Newmarket – Mustashry
It’s great to get Mustashry back. He’s had a bit of a break since he ran in the Coral-Eclipse. He’s a Lockinge winner so he’s carrying a Group 1 penalty but Shine So Bright is also carrying a penalty for winning a Group 2.
Limato probably won’t it too soft, whereas Mustashry won the Park Stakes on good to soft last season.
He’s been in good form at home and is good enough to do himself justice. He’s got a great chance and I’m looking forward to him. Fingers crossed he runs a good race and then he might go on his travels this Autumn.
16.45 Newmarket – Rhyme Scheme
I don’t get many rides for Mick Channon. He ran a good staying on third last time on good to firm ground.
This is a bit of a step up in class, and there are a few in the race that you wouldn’t know how good they are. At least my horse has had a bit of experience, and hopefully he can put it to good use.