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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: “It wasn’t a difficult choice for me to make”

Coral ambassador previews his rides on Day Two of the York Ebor Festival

York 14.45 – Montatham

Sheikh Hamdan runs two here but in all honesty, it wasn’t a difficult choice for me to make. I was always going to ride Montatham over Mutamaasik.

My horse was second in the Hunt Cup at the Royal meeting, and we then reversed placings with the Ascot winner, Dark Vision, at Sandown next time.

Dark Vision has come out and won again since to further boost the form. Montatham was a non-runner on account of the quick ground last time, so any rain that falls here will only be a help to this son of Dark Angel.

We’re well drawn here. I think a low draw is an advantage over this seven-furlong trip. If you’re drawn higher, you can get forced wide around the dog leg and lose a bit of ground.

We’ve gone up four pounds for his Sandown win, but I’m hoping the handicapper hasn’t got to the bottom of him yet. He’s proved this season that these big fields suit him, and I think he’s got a good chance in what is a competitive contest as you’d expect.

York 15.45 – Star Terms

I’ve not ridden Star Terms before, but she had a busy time last season, with some decent pieces of form to her name.

This is her first start of the year, so hopefully she can go well fresh. This is a decent looking race for the grade, but my filly could well have an each-way chance.

York 16.20 – Mayaas

Mayaas – who by coincidence is a half-brother to Star Terms – has been sent off favourite for his two starts to date.

Although he hasn’t won yet, he ran a good third in what I think was a decent race at Ascot last time. Another of Sheikh Hamdan’s, Mizaal, finished one place behind that day and has bolted in at Salisbury since to give the form a boost.

He steps up to seven furlongs here and as always in these types of races here it looks competitive enough. I think he’s off a workable handicap mark here and should run a big race.

Jim.