Jim Crowley Ready For Big First Day At Royal Ascot

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Leading English jockey Jim Crowley looks set to have an exciting start t the five day Royal Ascot festival as he has some very interesting rides with many horses at the top of the market in there respective races.

The 2016 champion jockey will be looking to get off to the best possible start on day one of the prestigious meeting and with rides like Group 1 Lockinge winner Mustashry in the first race of the day the Queen Anne Stakes and highly rated sprinter Battaash in the King's Stands Stakes, he looks to be a in a prime position to land some nice winners.

Crowley is number one rider for Hamdan Al Maktoum, who every year always manages to bring through some highly progressive horses to add to there exciting roster.

Battaash is the owners stand out five year old who on his day is he fastest horse over five furlongs on the planet and Crowley was very impressed with his seasonal debut win at Haydock when landing the Group 2 Temple Stakes comfortably.

He believes he is in better shape leading into this years Royal Ascot and thinks the gelding can reverse the form with Blue Point in this seasons renewal of the Group 1 five furlong contest.

(Credit Racing Post) Crowley said: "I thought it was a fantastic run in the Temple Stakes.

"I didn't ride him when he won it last year. He sort of scraped home that day, but I thought this year he was impressive."He was in good form and he looked great before the race – he won how people expect him to win now."

There are rumours in the air that Battaash will be ridden differently this year after breaking nicely from the gates and getting a clear lead but seeming to use up all his energy in the early parts of the race and have nothing left in the tank to finish as strongly as we know he can do, ultimately giving Blue Point the race.

Those two are part of 17 runners set to go to post on the first day of Royal Ascot with the final declaration stage being on Sunday.

Other familiar names in the contest feature Group 1 Prix de l'Abbaye winner Mabs Cross, Aidan O'Brien's Sergei Prokofiev and Archie Watson's Soldier's Call who is unbeaten at the track.

Crowley added: "Battaash is a very forward-going horse, but if we can we'll just try to take it off him a bit at the start.

"To be fair, that was the plan last year when we had Lady Aurelia next to me and Kachy. Lady Aurelia missed the kick and he found himself in front. It wasn't through choice and I didn't set out to make the running on him.

"He was very quick from the stalls and I just felt he was there to be shot at.

"I think he's in better form this year going into it and hopefully he will do the business."

Crowley will be looking to add to his five wins at the festival in the first race of the meeting with Sir Michael Stoute's Mustashry, who has a live chance as the 5/1 second favourite for the Group 1 contest.

Le Brivido, Laurens, Barney Roy and last year's winner Accidental Agent are all still in with a chance after still being entered in the contest off the back of the latest forfeit stage.

"He surprised me in the manner he won the Lockinge, he didn't surprise me in winning," continued Crowley, buoyed by the form of Mustashry's Lockinge-prep in the Earl of Sefton.

"He's a really tough horse and Sir Michael had trained him for the Lockinge. He'd gone with a run under his belt and his race at Newmarket worked out particularly well; five have come out of it and won since.

"The mile at Ascot should suit him very well."

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