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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: “I will be disappointed if Minzaal doesn’t win”

Coral ambassador previews Sunday’s rides at Salisbury

Salisbury 12.40 – Minzaal

This is a really nice two-year-old. He ran a lovely race first time up but probably just got stuck in between horses. I would be very disappointed if he doesn’t win this.

Salisbury 14.50 – One Small Step

She’s had the two runs and has got a mark of 84, winning very nicely last time at Yarmouth. This is a small field but it is a competitive little race. She has no weight on her back and hopefully she can run really well.

Salisbury 15.25 – Motakhayyel

He’s stepping up to Group company but he’s earned the right to after two big wins this season. He’s won the Buckingham Palace Stakes and the Bunbury Cup in great style, and he’s now rated 112.

There are some good horses in here, the likes of Duke of Hazzard and Regal Reality set a decent standard, but hopefully my horse can make the jump from handicap company to Group race company.

Salisbury 16.00 – Cloud Drift

This is a lovely ride to pick up. It’s always nice to ride for The Queen. He won nicely at Leicester last time. He’s top weight and it’s a tricky race but hopefully he can run well again.

Salisbury 16.35 – Escape The City

This is another horse I haven’t ridden before. He has bits and bobs of form but is only rated 68. He hasn’t really shown much in his last two runs but he did win at Brighton last term over 10f so hopefully he can bounce back to that form.

He has won off higher marks and was once rated in the 80s, so he is definitely handicapped to win again.

Salisbury 17.05 – Percy’s Prince

He’s been running okay. It’s not a strong race. He was third last time over two miles on the all-weather. He has some bits of form but most of it has been on an artificial surface.

Jim