Flat 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.
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.