Jim Crowley Backing Battaash To Dominate Sprinting Division Again


Battaash's rider Jim Crowley is backing the superstar sprinter to dominate the division for another season even now being six years of age but with no Blue Point in his way he may be able to land the King's Stands Stakes for the first time in his career.

The Charlie Hills trained gelding had a superb 2019 racing five times over his preferred five furlongs and landing some big events including the Group Two temple Stakes at Haydock and the Group One Nunthorpe Stakes at York's Ebor meeting.

He could only finish second again behind his nemesis Blue Point in the King's Stands Stakes at Royal Ascot but managed to land a hat-trick of wins in his beloved race the King George Qatar Stakes.

Former champion jockey Jim Crowley is looking forward to getting back aboard the son of Dark Angel and truly believes he can go better than last year.

(Credit At The Races) The rider said: “He was good last year, the only blip was the Abbaye at the end of the year, but he’s back in now, I’ve seen him and he looks in good form.

“Hopefully if Royal Ascot gets the go ahead it would be nice to go back there. He’s been second twice now to Blue Point, so it would be nice to go one better with him, and that’s where he’d probably start off I’d say.

“He’s something special, he really is quick. Unfortunately Ascot is a very stiff five furlongs, but he hasn’t run a bad race there and when he’s good, he’s very, very good.”