Crowley hits high Note at Leicester

Jim Crowley showed why he will be crowned champion jockey on British Champions Day at Ascot with a polished display on C Note at Leicester.

Jim Crowley: Yet another winner

Crowley, who has an unassailable lead over 2015 titleholder Silvestre de Sousa, worked the oracle on the 4-1 chance.

The youngest horse in the race at the age of three, the Iffraaj had taken on the likes of leading Queen Elizabeth II Stakes fancy Ribchester in the Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

A big drop in grade and helped by wearing blinkers for the first time, Martyn Meade's charge responded to Crowley's urgings to challenge from halfway in this seven-furlong heat and battled on well to beat Intransigent by a length and a quarter.

"Obviously, the blinkers certainly worked," Crowley told At The Races.

"He travelled very strongly and idled a bit in front, but he won nicely in the end.

"He showed plenty of boot and I wouldn't be surprised if he came back a furlong."

Veteran sprinter Mirza (9-1) registered his first success for 15 months in the SIS Autumn Handicap.

The Rae Guest-trained nine-year-old showed he still retains plenty of enthusiasm and ability by seeing off Lightscameraction by half a length.

Guest said: "He was unlucky at Ascot last week where he was only beaten two short heads in a Listed race and he doesn't want soft ground as he's got older.

"He was in such good form we thought we'd give him another go and it's the first time he's run in a handicap over here for three years.

"If there's something for him we might give him another run if he's still in good form.

"He's won two Group Threes, three Listed and 11 races in all. He's nine, but he loves life.

"Everyone in the yard loves him and if he wants to keep on racing next year, we'll give it a go."

Frankie Dettori was stood down for the day after his mount, Azam, broke loose under the stalls before the opening contest.

The Italian looked a little shaken but was able to walk away from the scene, albeit gingerly after the John Gosden-trained two-year-old got out at the front of the gates.

Azam was withdrawn from the British Stallion Studs EBF Maiden Stakes, won by Adam Kirby on the Luca Cumani-trained Red Label (5-1).

Dettori missed a winner as his only other intended ride, the Gosden-trained Utmost (11-4 joint-favourite), made a successful debut in the ebfstallions.com Reference Point Maiden Stakes in the hands of Rab Havlin.

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