Jim Crowley: He is a smart horse who loves soft ground
Jockey and Coral ambassador Jim Crowley discusses the chances of his four rides at Chester on Friday.
I think he will run a big race here. He ran well at Newbury last month in the Spring Cup, finishing third of 10 runners. He made the running that day, which wasn’t ideal, as he’d much prefer to be off a lead. The soft ground will suit him, he is drawn reasonably well and he likes Chester. I expect him to go close.
He is a smart horse who loves soft ground. He was really progressive last year, winning at Doncaster and Newbury. I was very impressed with him at Newbury on his last start. He is stepping up to Group company, with Point Lonsdale to beat.
This is his second attempt at Chester. He disappointed at this meeting 12 months ago and we don’t know why. I am not too concerned about that, as he is a good horse, and I am really looking forward to riding him.
The Chester Cup has been a lucky race for me. I have won it twice, with wins coming on Bulwark (2008) and Il de Re (2012). My horse this year, Reshoun, is a decent horse, but he is nine years old now.
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He is a former Royal Ascot winner. I have won a stack of races on him. He has prevailed on ‘Soft’, ‘Heavy’ and ‘Good To Firm’ ground. He has got it to do on figures against some of the others in the field. However, he is a strong stayer and if he got the run of the race, he could run well at a big price and get into the placings.
I don’t know too much about this horse. It is his first start since 2021 and his last appearance was over hurdles. He won his last two starts on the Flat when he was with Ralph Beckett on soft ground. We have a wide draw, which isn’t ideal. I will find out a lot more about this horse as we are going around the course.