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Jim Crowley “Ojooba has been showing us all the right signals”

Jim Crowley | 17 April 2019

Wednesday – Newmarket

1.50 – Moyassar

He’s a nice horse. He’s had a wind operation and it’s his first run since. He won last year and has been going alright at home. I haven’t sat on him but I hear they are quite happy with him.

This is a good starting point. He’s a very consistent horse so hoping that the wind op will bring about some more improvement

2.25 – Al Hadeer

I had the choice of four in this and it wasn’t easy. They have all been working nicely at home so very difficult to pick the right one. I have ridden a couple of them in their work.

Owen Burrows’ Damlaj has been going nicely but so has William’s Al Hadeer, and I’ve gone for him as I think he’s just a little bit more forward at this stage.

Owen Burrows won this race last year, and nobody was expecting it too. The horse was a nice, big sleepy baby and he won at 25/1 so you never quite know what’s going to happen with these newcomers.

3.00 – Yafta

He’s one of my favourites. He won the Hackbridge Stakes at Newbury last year. He’s a really tough horse and I think he’s going to improve again this season.

He is just a real smashing horse that has gone from strength to strength. He disappointed a bit on his last season but he’d a few quick races so you can forgive him that. I think whatever he does today he’ll improve as the season goes on.

Brando will be favourite, and he likes Newmarket, and Dreamfield is a good horse too.

4.10 – Views on the Craven Stakes

They took Royal Marine over to Dubai where he didn’t operate on the dirt and instead of persevering they pulled up stumps and have returned here for a turf campaign. They think a lot of this horse.

Zakouskie looked very exciting when he won at Kempton. It’s an exciting race, I’m looking forward to watching it. I was hoping that Almashriq would run in this, but he goes for a conditions race on Thursday instead.

4.10 – Ojooba

I really like this filly, she has a beautiful pedigree. She is a half-sister to Muntazah who I rode out in Dubai and to Talaayeb who I rode in the 1000 Guineas to finish fourth. She’s gorgeous to look at and has been working really well. 

She’s been showing us all the right signals and I am really looking forward to riding her. It’s her first run and the priority is for her to have a great introduction and to enjoy the experience. If we can win then great but I want her to have a good time first and foremost.

5.20 – Karnavaal

He won at Chelmsford on his last start, and he’s a nice horse. He’s a typical Sir Michael Stoute horse that will keep progressing. Whether he is ready to win first time up we will see.

Jim