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Jim Crowley: “Duhail could be another Here Comes When in the Sussex”

| 27.07.2021
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Coral ambassador previews his rides at Goodwood on Wednesday

Jim rides Lavender’s Blue in the 14:25 at Goodwood

Lavender’s Blue has been a little bit disappointing since winning her first start of the season, finishing eighth in the Falmouth Stakes on her last start.

She’s dropping down in distance and grade here, and I think seven furlongs will suit as she’s just not been seeing out the mile. There aren’t that many other options for her, as you wouldn’t run her in a Sussex or a Nassau.

However, the two negatives are the going, as she wouldn’t want it too testing, and the draw, as we’re drawn out wide in 15.

That said, she’s a good filly at her best, she just needs things to pan out for her to have a chance here.

Jim rides Duhail in the 15:35 at Goodwood

I have my first ever ride for Andre Fabre, on board Duhail in the Sussex Stakes, which is something to look forward to, as I don’t think Monsieur Fabre has sent this gelding over for the sake of it.

Although Poetic Flare is a worthy favourite, the presence of the fillies Alcohol Free and Snow Lantern in particular give this race plenty of depth.

While Duhail is a big price, this could be similar to the year I won on Here Comes When, very soft ground and an odds-on favourite – in that case Ribchester – to beat, and my fellow will go on this testing ground, which has to be a plus.

The trainer wanted a patient jockey for this hold up horse, so that’s how I’ll ride him, and I do think he can outrun his odds.

Jim rides Zhui Feng in the 17:20 at Goodwood

My final ride of the day is on old Zhui Feng, who I rode plenty of times when he was trained by Amanda [Perrett].

He’s now with Tom Ward, and my first ride for Tom was a winner at York a couple of weeks ago.

Zhui Feng has won here at Goodwood in the past, and a change of scenery can freshen these horses up, so if he’s got some of his old mojo back, he could run well at a big price.

Jim

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Jim Crowley

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.