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Jim Crowley: It’s great to see Hukum back

| 24.05.2023

Jockey and Coral ambassador Jim Crowley discusses the chances of his three rides at Sandown on Thursday evening.

7.42 Sandown – Hukum

He’s obviously been off the track for a little while after his injury, but it’s great to see him back here and I’m looking forward to riding him again. I have sat on him at home and he’s been in great form, so I’d hope he still retains all of that ability, but it won’t be easy taking on last year’s Derby winner Desert Crown.

Hukum would probably prefer a bit more juice in the ground, and I suspect this trip won’t be ideal for him, but we have to start him somewhere, and as long as he runs a nice race and comes hope safe and sound, I’ll be happy with that.

Providing he comes out of this race ok, then I suspect the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot will be his next target, but let’s see how he goes here first.

8.12 Sandown – Yaanaas

He showed really good form when winning his first two starts on the all-weather, then he ran a cracker when second in an apprentice race at Ascot last time when probably just hitting the front a bit too soon. He’s been raised 1lb for that in what looks another competitive race, but he’d still be open to plenty more improvement, and he’s got a good draw, so I’m hopeful of a big run from him.

I’d have him on my mind as a horse for the Royal Hunt Cup at Ascot if he runs well here, so hopefully he can go close and he’ll be a live contender at the Royal meeting.

8.42 Sandown – Almarin

I haven’t ridden him before, but he’s very lightly-raced, so should be open to improvement. He won in good fashion at Yarmouth last year, so the ability is certainly there, but he did disappoint when last of 15 at Newmarket on his reappearance.

He’s another who’s drawn well, so hopefully back on a sounder surface he can bounce back to the form he was in at the back end of last season.


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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.