Jim Crowley: “I’ll be disappointed if Enbihaar doesn’t win again”
Coral ambassador previews his Thursday rides at Doncaster’s St Leger Festival
Enbihaar couldn’t have been more impressive at Goodwood, winning with a penalty. She absolutely destroyed the field that day, for me that was the most impressive performance of the week, and I also won on Battaash and Khaadem that week!
That was a Group 2, as is this race, so she carries a penalty again, but she’s a great big, strong filly, so shouldering that weight will not bother her at all.
In theory the track here should suit her better than Goodwood as well, as she’s a lovely galloping sort so the long flat straight will be ideal for her.
It was very sporting of Sheikh Hamdan to keep her in training this season, as a well-bred filly she could easily have been retired at the end of her 3-year-old season, but because she was such a big filly, he gave her every chance to come to herself, and it’s paid dividends this year.
She’s done nothing but improve this season, and I’ll be disappointed if she doesn’t win again here.
My other ride is another for the boss. Mutamaasik has been really progressive this season, winning his last three, and in what doesn’t look the strongest race, and certainly not in terms of numerical rivals, he looks set to be a firm favourite here.
He was impressive when winning at Newmarket last time, and although he’s gone up to a mark of 97 following that victory, I’d like to think he can cope with that and improve again, so although I’ve only got the two rides here, they look to be two very good rides so hopefully I have a good chance of the double.
Sprint Cup disappointment and optimism for the future
Looking back at last weekend’s Sprint Cup, Khaadem was very disappointing, he just hasn’t run his race.
He’s run too bad to be true, he was beaten at the two furlong pole, so hopefully they can get to the bottom of it and see if anything shows up.
I am definitely putting a line through that run, if we’d finished third or fourth you might think that’s as good as he is, but there was definitely something amiss. All being well we’ll go again in the Sprint on Champions Day, and he can show his true colours.
I’ve got a potentially big weekend to look forward to, with Elarqam added to the Irish Champion Stakes, and Salouen running in the Irish St Leger, so more on those later in the week!