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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 this horse is very much overpriced in the betting”

The Champion Jockey talks us through his rides on day one of Royal Ascot

There’s nothing better than going into a big meeting with a bit of confidence. I picked up a nice double at Salisbury on Sunday for the boss so that is perfect preparation for Royal Ascot. I feel I am in good form as I have ridden plenty of winners over the last couple of weeks. I am very excited for the next few days and confident with the book of rides I have.

2.30 Queen Anne Stakes – Mutakayyef

I am looking forward to riding this horse. On his last run in Dubai the ground was a little soft for him which is unusual over there. He was a bit keen and fresh but I felt he ran well considering. The faster ground will suit him tomorrow and he is back down a furlong. He has a very lively each-way chance but there is also no reason why he could not win the race. Ribchester is the obvious one we all have to beat but he has a tricky draw in stall 1 on the outside and his pacemaker has been drawn away from him.

3.05 Coventry Stakes – Nebo

Charlie Hills really likes this horse. He booked me to ride it around 10 days ago. He won nicely at Newbury and the form of that race has worked out well. I have been down to the yard and sat on him and he works really nicely. The Coventry is obviously a tough race with a lot of unexposed horses in there. My runner goes there under the radar too and hopefully he can run a big race. Charlie’s horses are in great form which is a good sign.

3.40 King’s Stand Stakes – Muthmir

Muthmir didn’t really react well at Newmarket in the Palace House Stakes but we went to France and he was successful in a Group Two at Chantilly. I dropped him in and he really enjoyed it. I have to be honest and say it probably wasn’t a strong race in France. He will have to step up again if he is to come out on top here. He was placed in this race a couple of years ago and anything can happen in sprints. If I could choose anything to ride in the race then Marsha would be the one. They always go very fast in the King’s Stand and hopefully that will play into my horse’s hands.

4.20 St James’s Palace Stakes

I don’t have a ride in the St James’s Palace Stakes but I do think Churchill will win the race. This has been the plan for the horse ever since he won the 2000 Guineas. I have no doubt the horse could get further in the future if connections wanted to try their hand at 10 furlongs. He relaxes well and I don’t see any chinks in his armoury.

5.00 Ascot Stakes – Cleonte

Andrew Balding has booked me for this horse and I don’t know much about him other than he has some good Group form in France. Me and my agent think this horse has a really good chance. We had the option of a few in the race but we went for Cleonte. I think he is very much overpriced in the betting. I know Andrew Balding thinks he will go well too. He made his debut in England last month at Newmarket in the Jockey Club Stakes which is a Group Two contest. The ground was very firm that day but hopefully that blew the cobwebs away and he will be ready to go.

5.35 Windsor Castle Stakes – Mokaatil

This horse has been working really well at home. He finished second on his debut at Salisbury. The winner has been out and won again since then. The Windsor Castle is not normally a strong race and as long as he comes on from his opening run, which I am pretty sure he will do, he can be thereabouts.

Jim

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