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Jim Crowley: “He is a serious horse, and I haven’t sat on one quite like him”

Jim Crowley gives us the lowdown on his rides at Newbury and Longchamp this weekend, including champion miler Baaeed in the Lockinge Stakes.

Saturday

1.35 Newbury – Ehraz

He’s a very exciting horse and I am hoping he will improve plenty for his run at Ascot. He travelled really well last time and was one of the last off the bridle. We should have some beautiful ground at Ascot, which he will enjoy. I am hoping to get back on track with the horse in this race.

2.10 Newbury – Eshaada

It was no surprise to me when she won on British Champions Day in the British Champions Fillies and Mares Stakes back in October. She ran well in the Ribblesdale Stakes earlier in the campaign, but then disappointed on fast ground in the Yorkshire Oaks.

She will be making her seasonal reappearance in this race, but she won on this card 12 months ago in a Listed contest. I expect she will take a big step forward after this, especially when she gets softer ground. She is a Group One winner and, if the ground is Good, she will run a nice race.

2.45 Newbury – Israr

He ran well at Newmarket last month where I felt the ground was just a little too quick for him. He has a wide draw here, but I am hoping he will get a nice position coming out of the stalls. With that opening outing of the campaign behind him now, I expect he will be much sharper and he should be in with a big chance.

3.20 Newbury – Baaeed

I am obviously very excited about riding Baaeed again in the Lockinge Stake. We really don’t know how high the ceiling is with this horse yet.

There is no such thing as a weak Group One. He is taking on a Guineas winner and Sussex Stakes winner, who are both match fit. However, I would be very disappointed if he got beat. He is a serious horse, and I haven’t sat on one quite like him.

4.30 Newbury – Mukaddamah

She ran a big race at Ascot last month. Her pedigree suggests this step up in trip will suit her. She obviously has the John and Thady Gosden runner, Nashwa, to contend with. I really like my filly, and I think there is a lot more to come from her.

5.04 Newbury – Muraad

He has lost his way a little bit so I am hoping he can bounce back to his best this season. This will be his first outing since June. He is likely to need the run, but he is a smashing horse, and I am sure there are some wins still left in him.

Sunday

2.15 Longchamp – Heat Of The Moment

She is a filly I like. Jane Capple-Hyam would not be running her in this race if she did not feel she was capable. It looked like she shaped as though she needed the extra furlong in the Fred Darling at Newbury last time out. Hopefully we are in for a good run with her.

4.37 Longchamp – Kennella

I’ve picked up a nice spare ride for a French trainer in this fillies and mares race. She has some really good form, most notably her third place finish in the French 1,000 Guineas last year, just a neck behind Mother Earth.

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