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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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Jim Crowley: “Danyah has a very big chance”

Coral ambassador previews his Sunday rides at Newbury

Newbury 13.50 – Light Up Our Stars

It was well beaten last time at Newmarket on Good to Firm but has bits of pieces of form. It will have to take a step forward off his last few runs. I’ve ridden a few winners for Tony Carroll. He’s a nice guy that works hard.

Newbury 14.25 – Danyah

He is a really nice horse that I like a lot. He won first time up at Nottingham, and absolutely hosed up on soft ground. He disappointed a little bit after that. He’s a really smart horse and won last time out at Doncaster. He’s got a very big chance.

My old friend Zhui Feng runs here as well. He ran well last time at Goodwood. He’s coming down the weights.

Newbury 15.00 – Baasem

He won well up at Doncaster last term and the handicapper put him up 12lbs. He struggled a bit off that mark. He has been running okay and handles soft ground. I’m sure he can take a step forward and he will have a chance in what is a competitive race.

Newbury 16.40 – Mashhoor

Mashhoor has a nice pedigree being by Kingman. He has been going nicely and should run a decent race.

Our other horse Aljaryaal is also nicely bred by Siyouni. At the end of the day it’s a maiden so I don’t really mind if I get it wrong. I’m hoping they both run well.

Newbury 17.10 – Tasfeeq

I rode him at Goodwood and we thought he’d run a big race that day. He did run okay but was stuck on the wing of the field which is very difficult at Goodwood. I expect him to take a big step forward from that run.

Newbury 17.40 – Daysan

I don’t know too much about this horse. I rode him at home early on but this is his first start so we will find out more about him.

Jim