Pulborough-based jockey Jim Crowley continued his outstanding season yesterday evening at the first of Goodwood’s three-day Bank Holiday fixtures.
He opened his account in the Chichester Observer Maiden Stakes over one mile, riding 12-1 shot Ocean Jive, trained by Brian Meehan, with the two-year-old beating the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Swift Response by more than a length.
He followed up in the Doom Bar Nursery with a close second on Imperious One, beaten only a neck by the Charlie Appelby-trained Carrington. But he scored another victory in the third race on board Brittleton, which gave trainer Harry Dunlop his first Goodwood win.
Another popular Goodwood victory yesterdaywas that of Pettochside, which won the opening Nyetimber Apprentice Handicap for Hampshire trainer Chris Gordon with Cam Hardie on board. The trainer is better know for his prolific wins over jumps but has been sending out some useful horses on the level.
Jim Crowley, currently on 77 winners for this season, will be in action again today at Goodwood riding the opener on Show Stealer for Richard Guest, Jallota in the second for Charlie Hills, Marzoca in the March Stakes Listed Race for John Gosden and has a good chance in the Doom Bar Celebration Mile on board Cable Bay trained by Charlie Hills.
Then he is off to Windsor evening meeting for three rides before returning to Goodwood tomorrow for Sunday’s afternoon fixture, which promises excellent racing.
His prolific season has come after he made the decision to leave trainer Ralph Beckett. Jim is now retained by prominent Sussex-based owners, Dr Jim Hay and his wife Fitri, who have around 45 quality horses based with several different trainers in Britain- but leaving him free to ride for other trainers in races when they do not have runners.