Jim Crowley extends title lead

Jim Crowley extended his lead over Silvestre de Sousa to seven in the race for the Stobart-sponsored jockeys' championship with a 36-1 four-timer at Lingfield.

Jim Crowley rode a four-timer at Lingfield

Crowley took his tally for the campaign to 97 when steering four favourites home at the Surrey venue, while De Sousa drew a blank at Doncaster, finishing second in the St Leger on Ventura Storm.

After enjoying a seven-length romp on Unforgetable Filly (4-9) for Hugo Palmer in the maiden fillies' stakes, Crowley had two winners for David O'Meara on Salateen (11-8) in a seven-furlong conditions event and He's No Saint (15-8) in the seven-furlong handicap.

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He wound up a successful day with victory on the Paul Cole-trained Sweet Dragon Fly in the six-furlong handicap.

Crowley was cut to 1-3 from 4-6 with BetVictor to be champion jockey for the first time, while title-holder De Sousa is 9-4.

Kieren Fox was banned for four days for using his whip above the permitted level when partnering Fearless Lad to victory in the Banjo Services Handicap.

He will be out from September 25 to 29.

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