Crowley joins riding greats after 45th winner of month

Jim Crowley: stretched his lead over Silvestre de Sousa to ten

PICTURE: Getty Images Crowley joins greats with 45th winner this month
By Andrew Dietz 8:27PM 29 SEP 2016

FLAT jockeys' championship leader Jim Crowley joined a select list of riders to have ridden 45 winners in a calendar month when he claimed a narrow victory on Bazzat at Chelmsford on Thursday night.

In his relentless pursuit of a maiden title, Crowley has been so prolific this month that he has reached the same tally posted by riding greats Fred Archer, in June 1884, and Gordon Richards, in August 1949.

No other British-based jockey is thought to have recorded more victories in a month under either code. Twenty-time jumps champion Tony McCoy’s best score in a month was 41 in May 2014.

Having gained a winner at Brighton in the afternoon, Crowley notched an across-the-card double on the day as the 2-1 favourite got the verdict in a photo-finish.

The success stretched his lead over last year's champion Silvestre de Sousa to ten (127-117). De Sousa did the same double-header on Thursday and also got on the board with a winner at Brighton.

The Stobart-backed competition ends on October 15.

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