Jim Crowley: “He loves Goodwood, the drying ground will be in his favour”

Jim Crowley

Coral ambassador previews his Friday rides at Glorious Goodwood

Goodwood 13:10 – Al Qaqaa

Six good rides to look forward to, starting with Al Qaqaa, a winner at Newmarket last month for me.

He’s a lovely strong horse, a proper galloper and I really like him. We’re dropping back a furlong for this, but that won’t be a problem.

Off his current mark of 88, I still think there is scope for improvement there, I think he’ll run a very big race here.

Goodwood 13:45 – Breathtaking Look

I’ve ridden this mare a few times, and her second to Oxted earlier this season looks really good now that one has come out and won a July Cup.

We also won a Group 3 at Doncaster last season. That was over seven furlongs and although she’s run some nice races over six, I think this trip is ideal for her.

The William Haggas mare, One Master, looks the one to beat, but I’d be hopeful of running another big race.

Goodwood 14:15 – Khaloosy

This fellow was arguably the most impressive of my Royal Ascot winners, winning the Britannia easily.

After that we had no choice but to step up to Group class, and this race was always the plan.

He’s in great order, he’s a horse I really like, and I’d say he thoroughly deserves to be a warm favourite against this small field.

The going and track holds no fears so I hope he can justify that position.

Goodwood 14:45 – Montatham

Montatham has had a really good season so far, reversing his Royal Hunt Cup run with Dark Vision at Sandown last time, and that one has since won a Listed contest at Pontefract, so a nice boost to the form.

This is obviously a competitive big field handicap. We are creeping up in the weights and we’ve been drawn a bit wider than I’d have liked, so we’ll need a bit of luck in running.

If he can cope with the rise in the weights, he’s got a good chance, albeit in a tough race.

Goodwood 15:15 – Battaash

One of my star rides of the week. What a legend Battaash has been for us, winning this race for the last three years.

He has been guilty of throwing the odd bad race in over the years, but I really think he’s grown up now, and hopefully those days are behind him.

As I say he loves Goodwood. The drying ground will be in his favour and this doesn’t look the strongest renewal of this Group 2.

It was great to finally get that Royal Ascot win on the board in the King’s Stand. Based on that, I think it’s safe to say he’s as good as ever and he is well clear on the ratings here.

I suppose we might get a lead from Ornate, even for a furlong would be great, but if not it’s less of an issue these days. I can do a bit more with him rather than him making all the decisions.

This horse’s biggest attribute is his mid-race speed. He has such pace he can put the race to bed in an instant.

Fast ground, downhill, all the conditions are in place for a huge run from him. We saw Stradivarius win his fourth Goodwood Cup this week and I’m looking forward to my fellow having the chance to do the same in this race.

Goodwood 15:45 – Desert Encounter

Desert Encounter won this race last year and looks to be coming into form at just the right time, running a good third at Newmarket last time.

He has to be held up until the last minute, so if you’ve backed him you might be biting your fingernails at some point, as I’ll be dropping him in stone cold last and looking to produce him as late as possible.


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