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Jim Crowley: “I wouldn’t be surprised to see Eshaada go close”

| 18.08.2021

Coral ambassador previews his Thursday rides at York

York 3.00 – Maydanny

I had a choice to make here between Maydanny and Baashir and I’ve gone for the former.

He has the form in the book and won well at Goodwood last time but obviously that’s reflected in him carrying top weight here, which will make life difficult.

However, he is drawn well in stall three and I hope he can run a big race if the handicapper hasn’t got a hold of him.

Baashir is also drawn well, lowest of all in one, and off a lower weight, it would be no surprise to see him run a nice race too.

York 3.35 – Eshaada

This Darley Yorkshire Oaks is a top-class race, as you’d expect, but I really like my filly.

I thought we were a little bit unlucky in the Ribblesdale. We were drawn wide and in a slowly run race, Loving Dream just got away from us at a vital time and we couldn’t quite peg her back.

However, while I’d be confident of reversing form with Loving Dream, Wonderful Tonight and Snowfall look different propositions altogether.

The former has won her two starts this season in good style, with Hukum giving another boost to her Royal Ascot win again at the weekend, while Snowfall has won her three starts this year, including two Classics, really easily.

So while I’m under no illusions about the task we face here, my filly is progressing well, she’s very exciting, Roger [Varian] is having a great season and we’ve not seen anything like the best of Eshaada yet, so I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if she went very close here.

York 4.10 – Alflaila

My final ride on day two is Alflaila.

He won well at Salisbury first time up and bounced back from a disappointing defeat at Yarmouth to finish second to Majestic Glory at Newmarket and that filly has since won the Group 3 Sweet Solera.

Off a mark of 88 in this nursery handicap, I think he should go very close.




Stuart Walker