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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: “This will be a tougher race for Eqtidaar.”

2016 champion jockey discusses his weekend rides

Saturday – Newmarket

1.05 – Daafr

He broke his maiden at Newcastle last time out after being very green on his debut.

He won very convincingly too which suggest there could be a lot more to come. John Gosden thinks a lot of him so hopefully he will run a good race.

1.40 – Mukalal

He is a really nice horse of Marcus Tregoning’s who is free running. He won nicely at Ascot last year. Marcus’ horses are also in great form. This is a competitive race but he should like the course and ground so he has every chance.

2.15 – Eqtidaar

He won the Commonwealth Cup last month at Royal Ascot in what was a great performance. This is definitely a tougher race as he is taking on older horses.

He is in good form and had a canter at the track last week. I think he has a nice draw and there will be pace in the race so that will play in his favour.

2.50 – Romola

This is a two-year old filly for Sir Michael Stoute who I don’t know very much about. She has a nice pedigree though and is owned by Cheveley Park Stud. Michael’s horses are running well at the moment so I am hopeful she will have a good chance.

3.20 – Ibraz

He has won his last two starts and has been very progressive. He won over nine furlongs at Sandown last time. He is the favourite and has a favourite’s chance. I would say he is my best chance of winner on the day.

3.55 – Elizabeth Bennet

She won three starts ago so she has gone up in the weights a little since then. She hasn’t run for 274 days so if she can overcome that, she will definitely have a chance.

Salisbury

6.15 – Danecase

I was meant to be travelling across to Salisbury for five or six rides but sadly just two made the declarations. This horse will have a chance at six furlongs which is her best trip. The conditions should suit her so she has everything in her favour.

7.45 – Groveman

This is my best of the two rides at Salisbury. I went up to Nottingham last Saturday following my rides at Sandown and all three won so hopefully I can have some joy again here.

Jim