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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: “Tinandali is the type that David O’Meara does so well with”

Coral ambassador previews his rides on a huge day of racing at Epsom

Epsom 13.50 – Mutazawwed

It really is a sensational weekend, with the Derby and Oaks followed by the Coral-Eclipse, and it’s great to be involved in both days.

I get underway on Mutazawwed, who I haven’t ridden in either of his two starts, but he improved from his debut run to win nicely at Lingfield last time, and I’d like to think he can improve again in a race his trainer Mark Johnston has done well in before.

Epsom 14.25 – Daarik

Daarik was sent off favourite for the Buckingham Palace at the Royal meeting, but I couldn’t understand why he was that short in the betting – preferring to ride the winner, Motakhayyel – and he finished well down the field at Ascot.

It would be a concern that both of his runs on turf have been disappointing, whereas he’s always run well on the all-weather, so that would put you off a little bit, but he is a classy horse and if he can handle the turf I wouldn’t write him off.

Epsom 15.00 – Tinandali

First time on Tinandali, who has made one start for David O’Meara since switching from Dermot Weld.  He finished a good second on that run, and this is the type that David does so well with, so I’d hope he would be there or thereabouts at an each-way price.

Epsom 15.40 – Investec Oaks

If I could pick one to ride in the Oaks it would have to be Love. As a daughter of Galileo she should relish the step up in trip, and I do believe that Classic form is often the strongest form, and she looked top class when winning the 1,000 Guineas.

Epsom 16.55 – Emissary

It’s great to pick up the ride on Emissary in the Investec Derby. He won his only start at two, and then finished second in the Cocked Hat at Goodwood, so he should improve for that run, The experience around Goodwood will put him in good stead for Epsom too.

He’s a decent price here, and that’s fair enough as he will need to improve to figure here, but it’s a wide open race.

English King will relish this trip, and despite being drawn 1, looks the one to beat. As I said, I like Classic form, so Kameko has an obvious chance but there is a doubt about his stamina. Aside from those two it looks wide open, so if my fellow could run into the money, that would be great.

Epsom 17.35 – Count Otto

My final ride of the day is Count Otto for sister-in-law Amanda Perrett.  I’ve not ridden him before, but he’s a course winner and a consistent sort, so hopefully has an each-way chance here.

Jim