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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: “Very few milers were capable of doing what Mohaather did”

Coral ambassador discusses the retirement of Mohaather and previews all of his Saturday rides.

Earlier this week we got the sad and disappointing news that Mohaather had suffered a career-ending injury.

For me he was an unbelievable horse, although he didn’t get the chance to prove it that often, he did show the world what he was capable of in the Sussex Stakes. I have no doubt in my mind that there have been very few milers capable of doing what he did that, quickening again when the run of the race was going against him.

He beat two Guineas winners and a dual-Royal Ascot winner that day, and I’m just glad he got the chance to prove that day how special he was. He would have probably only had one more run, in the QE II, of course it would have been nice to had one more chance to sign off on a winner, but he’ll go to Shadwell Stud now and I’m sure he’ll be a popular stallion, he’s a good looking horse with all that class he showed at Goodwood. Without a doubt he was one of the best I’ve ridden.

Newmarket 12.20 – Last Sunset

It’s always nice to pick up a spare ride in the Godolphin blue, and this daughter of Teofilo won well first time up, before running into a decent sort next time. She’s carrying top weight in this nursery as a result, but in what is a tight little race, I’d hope there’s more to come from her and she should go close here.

Newmarket 12.55 – I’m Available

She runs at Goodwood on Friday so expect her to be a non-runner here.

Newmarket 13.30 – Fivethousandtoone

Another nice spare, this time in the King Power silks on an expensive purchase at last year’s sales. He ran a lovely race first time up to finish second at Windsor, and I’d expect to him to take a big step forward from that, and as a result he looks to have an excellent chance.

Newmarket 14.05 – Jash

Sheikh Hamdan has two in this, and while Shabaaby has some decent form in the book, it was an easy choice to ride Jash. He looked a star in the making when second to Ten Sovereigns in the Middle Park two seasons ago, and while he has clearly had some problems since then, he ran a respectable enough race on his reappearance at Newcastle.

My only concern would be very soft ground, that would inconvenience him, so a drying night and day would be ideal. The fact he’s been kept in training despite all the little issues tells you how highly we rate him, I just hope he can get his career back on track here and going forward.

Newmarket 15.55 – Zahratty

Another expensive purchase who ran an eyecatching race on debut here. That was over a mile and she shouldn’t have any problems stepping up another two furlongs here, and if she improves from that first run she should run very nicely here.

Newmarket 16.30 – Canal Rocks

A rare ride for Henry Candy, which I’m looking forward to as he’s an excellent trainer. That said, Canal Rocks has been a bit up and down this season, a good run at Windsor sandwiched between two more disappointing efforts. On breeding he should cope with soft ground, we’ll just have to see how he goes here.

Jim.