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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: “Eqtidaar could be a Commonwealth Cup horse”

Coral ambassador discusses his four Saturday rides

I’m riding at Newbury in the afternoon where I’ve picked up a great ride in the Lockinge for Andrew Balding on Beat The Bank.

I then head up to Doncaster for two rides in the evening. I’ve got a driver for the day, so I can relax and read the paper. We have plenty of time from leaving Newbury to get up to Doncaster so it should work fine, but I won’t get home until late. Fortunately, I have a day off on Sunday so that makes up for it.

1.50 Newbury – Eqtidaar

I had to pick between Eqtidaar and Shabaaby. They are both nice horses and I’ve won on both of them. Eqtidaar ran a very good race last time out against Invincible Army. I’d like to think he might be a Commonwealth Cup horse and if he is then he needs to be winning this.

Shabaaby is a very nice horse as well. There is not a lot between the two of them on ratings. Hopefully, I’m on the right one. I think I am.

3.40 Newbury – Beat The Bank

This is a great ride to pick up. The Lockinge is a great race as you’d expect with the likes of Limato, Rhododendron, Zabeel Prince to name but a few. You can forgive Beat The Bank his last run on Champions Day as he was drawn away from the action and he was coming to the end of a long season. He has some smart form and he will have a good chance.

7.20 Doncaster – Alrahaal

I ride this colt for Marcus Tregoning. He snuck into the race on 8 stone 9 pounds so I won’t be having much breakfast. He ran well first time out when second to Snazzy Jazzy – a decent horse of Clive Cox. He ran in a nice race first time this season at Goodwood finishing fifth. I’m very hopeful that he’ll run well.

8.20 Doncaster – Mutafaarid

He’s alright this horse, I like him. He won at Yarmouth nicely last year. He’s been working well and this looks a good opportunity for him to get his head in front again.

Jim