Luke Morris talks his Saturday Chelmsford rides and praises a fellow Coral ambassador


I DIDN’T get the chance last week to congratulate the new champion Flat jockey so I want to start my column this week by saying a huge well done to Jim Crowley.

You’ll struggle to find anyone who has a bad word to say about Jim and it’s been fantastic to watch him and Silvestre de Sousa go head-to-head over the last few weeks of the season.

Jim worked very hard to be champion and seeing him lift that trophy at Ascot last week was a great reward for the hard work he’s put in over the entire season. He’s taken every chance that he’s got and struck up some very good partnerships which really fired him to that win.

It’s amazing to think Jim wasn’t in the top five jockeys at the end of the last season, but he’s made that progression and it gives us all that hope if you get stuck in then you can get the rewards. Congratulations Jim.

There has been a few murmurings about whether there could be a different way of deciding who is champion jockey but I don’t think we need to overcomplicate the system.

I think if we went back to how it was – and always had been – where the title is decided on the amount of winners between the first Flat turf meeting and the last would make a lot of sense.

I don’t think something counting Group 1s as points or anything like that is a sensible or correct way to decide who the champion is.

The championship may be over but I’m still chasing winners and I’m hoping that I can get off to a good start at Chelmsford on Saturday evening.

5.30 Chelmsford – Houndstooth
She’s shown a good level for form so far and has an official mark of 73 for those efforts. That does potentially leave her vulnerable to something that’s quite good if one of her rivals fits that bill. She’s a solid horse though and I think she’s got a good chance. She has a nice draw as well and has a good experience edge on her rivals.

6.05 Chelmsford – Miss Mayson
She ran very well the last day but the problem is her draw in stall 12 of 12. It’s not going to be easy to do as you’re straight into the turn over 5f at Chelmsford. I’ll wait to see what her trainer wants me to do, but I’d probably look to tuck in a ride her for a bit of luck. If she gets that then I think she can go close.

7.10 Chelmsford – Ghalib
He’s on a good mark and he’s more than capable of winning this race. I was slightly disappointed with him at Ascot the last day as I thought he could have done better. If he’s on song then this is the right sort of race for him to run really well in. He has a tricky draw in stall 14 but he’s usually tucked in and brought through with his effort so it’s not the end of the world.

8.10 Chelmsford – The Greedy Boy
This looks a very weak race and his trainer Mick Channon looks to have found the perfect race for this horse. If he runs to his best I can see him being involved in the shake up as it’s a poor contest.

9.10 Chelmsford – Shine Likeadiamond
She’s very consistent this filly and it’s amazing that she’s finished second eight times in 20 starts and never managed to win. She’s tough and honest, so with that bit of luck you need in these sort of races I hope I can persuade her to get her head in front this time.



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