Crowley makes his mark

Jim Crowley made his first ride for his new boss Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum a winning one when steering Naseem home at Chelmsford.

Jim Crowley: Winner in the new job

The champion jockey, who replaced Paul Hanagan as Sheikh Hamdan's retained rider last month, enjoyed a smooth success on the son of Sea The Stars in the Weatherbys Racing Diaries Maiden Stakes.

Crowley had Naseem smartly out of the stalls so that he was able to cross over from his wide draw much nearer to the rail and share the lead with Desert Grey.

Kicking on two furlongs out, the 5-1 chance was soon clear and the John Gosden-trained youngster went on to score by five lengths from Auberge Du Lac on his second career start.

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Crowley said: "A lovely start. When I saw the draw, 16 of 16, I thought we might be in a bit of trouble, but the horse broke very fast and I was able to get into a nice rhythm.

"He was dropping back to a mile from a mile and a quarter and he stayed that trip very well."

He added: "I've not really started yet. I leave for Dubai on January 2. Over the winter I'll try to do as much homework as I can and try to find out which horses I want to be on."

Richard Hills, racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan, told At The Races: "It's a nice winner on the first day. It shows you've got a bit of luck on your side.

"I'm going over to Dubai with Jim. I'll introduce him to all the trainers and to Sheikh Hamdan and show him the ropes."

On the winner, Hills said: "We'll put him away now. This is our last runner this year.

"We'll start again in February time and concentrate on horses in Dubai."

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