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Jim Crowley previews Goodwood and Salisbury rides

| 29.04.2022

Coral ambassador Jim Crowley gives us the lowdown on his rides at Goodwood on Saturday and Salisbury on Sunday, plus his thoughts on Guineas weekend at Newmarket.


1.35 Goodwood – Captain’s Bar

He won last year over 6f and then stepped up in trip considerably after that, which did not work out. Distant Light looks the one to beat in this race. My horse is back over a suitable distance and I am hoping he will run well.

2.10 Goodwood – Later Darling

She is still a maiden with a mark of 80. She ran a very nice race last time at Epsom. I think she will come on plenty for that. She deserves to get her nose in front and hopefully it will come in this maiden contest.

2.40 Goodwood – Zanbaq

We think a lot of his filly, which is why she is running in a Listed race on just her second appearance. She got off the mark first time out at Kempton back in November. Obviously, based on what these runners have achieved so far, Primo Bacio is the one we all have to beat, as he has a mark of 111. Our filly has been pleasing at home, she is a half-sister to Queen Power and I am looking forward to riding her.

3.46 Goodwood – Ernesto

This horse has dropped down the weights considerably. He was rated at 103 at one point and is now off a mark of 77. He won a couple of times over hurdles last year. He stays very well and hopefully he can get back to winning ways on the Flat.

4.20 Goodwood – Josies Kid

He won last year at York but the handicapper was quite tough on him following that. He came home down the field at Nottingham on his first run of the season, but he should come on for that. Whoever finishes ahead of Shamlaan will most likely win this race.

4.55 Goodwood – Al Azhar

Al Azhar is an ex-Shadwell horse who is now gelded. He has been pleasing at home ahead of this seasonal reappearance. I think he can run a very nice race.

2,000 Guineas thoughts

I am not riding at Newmarket on Guineas weekend this year but I will be keeping a close eye on it. Whoever wins this race may bump into Baaeed later in the season.

Native Trail (below) was very impressive in the Craven over this C&D. Charlie Appleby holds the key to the race as he has two of the big players. I think it will be one of Appleby’s runners who comes out on top.

Native Trail, horse racing


3.52 Salisbury – Zainalarab

This colt is making his first career appearance so it will be a learning experience for him. He has a very nice pedigree and he was an expensive yearling. The colt has done everything right at home so far. He now has to prove himself at the racecourse.

1,000 Guineas thoughts

This is more wide open than the colts’ race. The one I’d like to ride, if I was given the choice, is Tenebrism. She looks a very good filly. I also think Aidan’s other runner, Tuesday, has an excellent chance.

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Andrew McDermott

Andrew is a sports betting content journalist at PA Media. He is a lifelong Huddersfield Town fan but when he isn't reminiscing about their Premier League days he is also a junior cricket coach and enjoys cycling.