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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: “Fanaar and Alfarris could have big runs at York.”

Champion jockey previews his Ebor Festival rides

Thursday – York

2.25 – Fanaar

My first ride on Thursday is on Fanaar for Sheikh Hamdan in the big sales race, and I think he’s got a great chance.  

He was second in a nice race at Yarmouth last time, and with Mr Haggas being a Yorkshireman, he will have targeted this race for a while.  

I’ve always thought he would get 7 furlongs but the 6 here should suit him, and with the blinkers on him, I think he’ll run a big race.  

It’s a big pot so there are plenty in with chances but mine is a really nice type and I think he’ll be there or thereabouts.

3.00 – Alfarris

I chose right when riding Alfarris rather than Afaak at Glorious Goodwood last month, but to be honest I got a bit lucky that day, as Afaak didn’t get much of a run.  

We were drawn together, and I took Alfarris back, went round them and took the safe route, while Afaak just got stopped in his run.  

He was impressive when winning here in May, went on to be second in the Hunt Cup and then had that unlucky run at Goodwood.  

He’s got a nice profile for this race, the track obviously suits him, and Charlie’s [Hills] horses are running well now, so I’m hopeful of a big run.

4.15 – Shailene

I haven’t ridden Shailene for Mr Strawbridge before, and she’ll have to step up on what she’s done so far to trouble the likes of Lah Ti Dar.

But Andrew Balding’s horses are in fine form, and the trip holds no concerns, so she could have an each way chance.

Jim