Jim Crowley Discusses Four Rides At Newmarket

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It is day one of the July Meeting at Newmarket. Jim Crowley discusses his four rides today.

3.00 Newmarket – Khanjar

He won at Ripon last time and he has gone up 9lb in the ratings for that success. It was a smart performance and he needs another one, as this is a competitive race with 19 runners in it.

In a race like this, you need a bit of luck or you have to have a Group horse in a handicap. I am hoping I am on the latter. He looks unexposed and open to a lot of improvement. William Haggas’ horses are on fire at the moment and he looks to have a favourite’s chance.

3.35 Newmarket – Mostahdaf

He ran a great race in the Hardwicke. I always had it in the back of my mind that he would stay 1m4f. Broome went off at a strong gallop and made it a test of stamina. The third horse (Hurricane Lane) got beat in France, but he is a good horse.

Hopefully the race at Ascot hasn’t taken much out of him. He loves fast ground and this new trip has opened up more avenues for him.

4.10 Newmarket – Monaadah

This horse ran over 7f a couple of times, but he is very capable of stepping up to 1m. I was a little disappointed in him in the Jersey Stakes.

It was difficult to choose between this horse and Alflaila, but I stuck with Saeed in Suroor’s runner because I’ve ridden him in all his starts, so I know him. He needs to step up on his last run but he is a decent horse.

4.40 Newmarket – Repertoire

He has a good each-way chance. He bolted up at Ascot and ran well at Doncaster before that. It is a competitive race but this horse is well capable of winning this.

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