Crowley Calls It: “I think he will have a really good chance in this race”
Coral Racing Ambassador Jim Crowley talks us through his rides on day two of Chester May Meeting
Thursday – Chester
It’s his first run of the year and he must have a good chance. I am riding at my lightest weight 8 stone 7 pounds. He’s the favourite for the race and has a good draw in one. Hopefully he’ll do the business. I’m really looking forward to riding him. I can’t do any lower than that and I’ll be living on fresh air for the next couple of days. I’ve known for around three days that I was likely to have to get down to the weight. I would have preferred longer but it’s enough time, and I’ll be doing lots of running and keeping off the carbs. I’ll then have a sweat on the day.
He was a bit unlucky at Chelmsford last time out. He went for a run up the inside and just got chopped off. He’s well drawn in stall five. It’s a competitive race but I expect him to be in the thick of things at the end of the race.
I ride Tamleek in the Chester Vase. We are going to find out where we are with him. He’s entered in the Derby and so we want to see if he can go round Chester and handle the bends. He’s a great big horse. He won at Newmarket last time and hung left that day. Hopefully he will run well. It’s a bit of fact finding mission that will tell us which way to go with him.
He has a great draw in three. He was very professional on his debut and was just edged out of it late on by one of Clive Cox’s that they think quite a bit of. I think he will have a really good chance in this race.
I really like Evergate but being drawn thirteen at Chester over six furlongs is going to make things very difficult for him. I think he may be better on a straight track too but this is definitely a horse that you want to keep on the right side of this season.
Robert Cowell is a great guy. I won the King’s Stand Stakes for him on Prohibit and he’s always been a big supporter of mine. He always puts me up when he can, and I really enjoy riding for him. I’ve been giving him a bit of stick lately, as he’s lost so much weight. I keep telling him he now looks like George Clooney. He literally looks like a new man.