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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’m really looking forward to riding Elwazir.”

Champion jockey previews his weekend rides

Saturday – Haydock

Rhosneigr – 1.20

He is a nice horse and Charlie Hills is happy. Up until Goodwood, they weren’t in that great of form but they’re starting to bounce back now.

He will have to step up from what he did last time but I imagine he will have an each-way chance.

La Figlia – 2.30

She is a really nice filly for Chapple-Hyam. She won her first start for him and she was previously with Jeremy Noseda. She is by Frankel so a very expensive filly and beautifully bred.

She won very convincingly last time at Chelmsford. She will have a great chance, with the horse of Ed Walker’s to beat. Chapple-Hyam is a great trainer and with a pedigree like hers, you would expect her to progress  well.

Elwazir – 3.05

I am really looking forward to riding him – he is my stand out horse of the day.I have loved him from day one. His form is rock solid.

When I won on him at Sandown, he beat Cross Counter that day and I think he is very much a group horse. He won well under Frankie at Ascot last time and I can’t wait to ride him now.

He is another horse by Frankel, with a lovely pedigree. I am looking forward to this one and think he will take all the beating.

Lamloom – 3.40

I ride him for a friend of mine, David O’Meara.I have known David a long time;  We were jump jockeys together and he is doing unbelievably well as a trainer.

I am on his second string here, with Danny Tudhope riding the first. He’s got good form and was second last time out. He would have an each-way squeak.

Handsome Dude – 4.15

He won on his penultimate start. I haven’t ridden this horse before so I don’t know too much about him. I do know he has won over course and distance on soft ground in June. He’s off a lower mark here and on his form, I think he’d have a chance.

Nibras Again – 4.50

Again, I haven’t ridden this horse before. There are bits and bobs of form there but will need to step up again on what he has done so far. He hasn’t won a race yet, but he has been placed a couple of times. He needs to step up. 

Sunday – Leicester

Tafawoq – 2pm

This is one of Hamdan Al Maktoum’s,. I don’t know too much about him. I do know he is well bred but as I haven’t ridden him before, we will have to wait and see.

Mosharakka – 2.45

I ride this for Charlie Hills. He won on his penultimate start at Chepstow. He was third last time out behind Blistering Bob. Charlie’s horses are in good form and I think he has a chance.

Jim