Jim Crowley has ridden his 100th winner of this year’s Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship aboard the Paul Cole-trained Upstaging at Brighton today (Monday 12th September 2016) in the Follow Us On Twitter @StarSports_Bet Handicap (4.30pm).
He followed up the landmark victory in the following race (5.05pm) aboard the Rae Guest-trained Noble Act to bring up 101 wins for the Championship.
The quickfire double puts Crowley, who sits at the top of the table, six winners ahead of his nearest rival, and reigning Champion, Silvestre De Sousa, who is heading to Wolverhampton tonight for six rides.
De Sousa ended August as the odds-on favourite to defend his crown, but with Crowley winning 19 races so far in September (at a 26% strike rate) the momentum has shifted to the Sussex-based jockey with bookies making him the favourite.
Tony Hind, Jim Crowley’s agent, said: “What he has achieved over the past few weeks is immense. I am very proud of him – as I am all my jockeys – but he is riding on the crest of the wave at the moment. I always say success breeds success and that is exactly what he is doing and long may it continue.
“He is a gentleman to deal with, he is very level headed and has his feet firmly on the ground. If he has ridden three or four winners during the day he’s exactly the same as if he has ridden none. This game tames lions and you need that temperament to be a jockey.
“I always thought, when he came to me, that I could make him Champion one day, but if he does do it this year I didn’t realise it would be this quick.”
Barry Orr, from Betfair, said: “Jim Crowley was an unconsidered 66/1 chance in late July but his winning run and subsequent momentum see him now trading at long odds-on to land his first Stobart Flat Jockeys’ title. Steely determination and hard graft have seen him snatch favouritism back from Silvestre De Sousa and he has now firmly cemented his place at the top of the market at 2/9.
“Whether he can maintain his advantage is yet to be seen and Silvestre De Sousa is sure to give him a good run for his money so what a treat it will be to witness such a competitive crescendo to the remainder of the Championship.”
The Stobart Flat Jockeys’ Championship draws to a close on QIPCO British Champions Day at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday 15th October. Crowley is no stranger to success on the day winning the QIPCO British Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes aboard the David Simcock-trained Madame Chiang in 2014.
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