Crowley draws blank on return

Jim Crowley was out of luck in seven rides at two meetings on his return from injury.

Jim Crowley (l) was out of luck on his return

The champion jockey was back in action for the first time since being brought down from Electrify in the four-horse pile-up at Kempton in late October that led to Freddy Tylicki suffering paralysis from the waist down.

Crowley, who last month was named as the new first-choice jockey for leading owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum, had three seconds from four rides at Lingfield.

He then moved on to Kempton's evening fixture where he was also unable to add to his tally of 184 for the year.

At Lingfield, Crowley went agonisingly close on Adalene, who was in front until the final few strides but was beaten a neck by 50/1 shot Dream Love in the Betway Maiden Stakes.

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Crowley had gone close on his first comeback ride when he tried to make all the running on Ettu in the second division of the 32Red Casino EBF Maiden Fillies' Stakes.

The 4/7 favourite led well into the final furlong but had to give way in the closing stages to 14/1 shot Sayem. The Ed Walker-trained youngster, ridden by Thomas Brown, gained the upper hand in the last 100 yards to score by a length and a quarter.

Crowley also had to settle for second place on Miss Tiger Lily, as Alfredo, the 4/6 favourite, took the Betway Stayers Handicap by three and three-quarter lengths.

Crowley had Pool House up with the pace in the Betway Classified Selling Stakes, but his mount was swallowed up in the straight and finished out of the frame as Just Pour Nous (11/4) obliged for trainer Mark Johnston and jockey Joe Fanning.

On his return to Kempton, he started with Desert Grey, who found only the 4/7 favourite Me Too Nagasaki too good in division one of the 32Red/British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes.

In division two, his mount Screaming Gemini was sent off the market leader at 7/4 but could only finish fourth behind 11/4 second-favourite Daschas, from the yard of Amanda Perrett.

Crowley finished his day aboard the Perrett-trained Russian Reward in the 32Red Handicap, but was unable to get competitive in the one-mile affair, which went the way of Presumido (10/1) for the in-form Simon Dow yard.

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