Two jockeys on top of the game

Jim CrowleyFlat jockey Jim Crowley is in flying form and enjoying his best year yet.  On Thursday ( December 20) he rode four winners with the first victory coming at Lingfield Park on Honkey Tonk Queen at 7-1.  A trip across to Kempton Park produced another three winners- Mr Knightley 4-5, Aegean King 3-1,  and Atlantis Crossing  6-1.

It has given him his best ever tally on combined Flat and All Weather in a season of 138 victories- with some racing days to go before the end of the year.  His previous best in a season was 116 and he had generally been over the 100 winner mark.

Over jumps it’s well worth taking note of in-form Marc Goldstein, who has partnered Lydia Richards’ home-bred Venetian Lad to four wins and two places in recent weeks while other women trainers have shrewdly recognised his worth in the saddle.

He is pictured below after a mudsplattered victory aboard Venetian Lad at Fontwell Park.

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Earlier in the month he guided Captain Cardington to a 7-1 win for Sheena West at Sandown. A win on board Sarah Walls  Ballinhassiq at 6-1 followed at Plumpton on December 17, then a 14-1 victory riding Diana Grissell’s Quartz Du Montceau the following day at Folkestone.

On Thursday he finished a good fourth at Towcester, coaxing an excellent run from Heather Cobb’s relatively inexperienced Generous Spender – a 40-1 shot in the Maiden Hurdle of the day- and certainly a horse with promise.

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