Jim Crowley: “Tiger Crusade is a progressive type who should have a very good chance”
Coral ambassador previews Sunday’s rides at Ascot
Ascot 13.20 – Lethal Angel
My agent has got me a few good-looking outside rides here, starting with Lethal Angel.
I was on her last time when she rode a nice race at a big price at Leicester, that was over six furlongs but the five furlongs here at Ascot is quite stiff, so that shouldn’t be a problem, and off a low weight here I think she’s got a handy chance.
Ascot 13:55 – Mubaalegh
This six-year-old was a four-time winner for Sheikh Hamdan in France, and has now switched to Marcus Tregoning following John Hammond’s retirement.
Generally speaking, the sprinting form is stronger over here, but he showed some decent form in France. This will be a bit of a fact-finding mission, but we’ll learn more about him and where we might go in the future with him.
Ascot 14.30 – Jeremiah
This fellow was off for the whole of 2019, and has had two runs since racing returned this season. He was a big price both times, and he ran accordingly, so he does need to take a big step forward here, but connections have persevered with him so I hope he can show them something more encouraging.
Ascot 15.05 – Iconic Choice
This filly was fourth in the Royal Ascot race I won on Nazeef, and then went on to finish second in a Listed contest at Pontefract, so she’s clearly in good heart.
The likes of Miss O Connor and Billesdon Brook won’t be easy to beat, but a repeat of her Duke Of Cambridge run would give her an each-way chance here for sure.
Ascot 16.15 – Tiger Crusade
This looks a nice ride to have picked up for David Simcock. He won his last start as a two-year-old and then came out and won at Doncaster first time up this season. He looks nicely progressive, this track should suit, and if he continues to improve, he should have a very good chance.
Ascot 16.50 – Star Shield
I end on another nice spare, this time for David O’Meara. Star Shield has been running well since racing resumed, and although he hasn’t got his head in front since last July, that win was over this course and distance. If he can run another consistent race he would have an each-way chance here.