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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: “I think Tajaanus is in for a big run.”

Coral ambassador rides at Newbury

Newbury

1.25 – Adjutant

This is this horse’s first outing for Brian Meehan. He had one run last season for David O’Meara.

I don’t know much about him but hopefully he starts his season with a good showing here.

2.35 – Tajaanus

I am looking forward to riding her in this race. I have been on board Gavota and she is a very nice filly.

My horse won a Group Three last season, she won’t mind the ground being slightly on the slow side and I think she is in for a big run.

3.45 – Afaak

I had a really difficult decision to make between Afaak and Taqdeer. It was a flick of a coin. I am not sure if I am on the right one as Taqdeer has already had a run this season and he is sure to come on from that.

Afaak was only beaten a head by Addeybb who won the Lincoln and he has been away and had a racecourse gallop.

It really was a tough decision but hopefully Afaak will run well in what is a competitive race.

4.20 – Brexiteer

I don’t know much about this horse but I have ridden a few winners for Brian Meehan and he always seems to come up with some nice horses. I am hoping this is another one of those.

4.55 – Corgi

He ran very well at the back end of last year in a nice Nottingham maiden.

He should stay well and although I have not ridden him before, I can see him running a nice race.

5.25 – Zzoro

He was third on his opening run this season therefore he is fit and working well.

He is a pound lower than when he last won so that suggests he is off a mark where he can score again.

Jim