Ton-up for Crowley at Brighton

Jim Crowley passed the 100-winner mark in his bid to be champion jockey when taking the last two races at Brighton on Monday.

Jim Crowley: Has enjoyed a fine month in his quest for the title.

Crowley was out of luck in his first four rides, however a double saw him maintain the pressure on title-holder Silvestre de Sousa, who was in action at Wolverhampton's evening meeting, but also rode two winners.

Upstaging (2/1 favourite), trained by Paul Cole, brought up Crowley's century with victory in the Follow Us On Twitter At StarSports-Bet Handicap.

Crowley then completed a quick brace on Noble Act (3/1) in the Handicap for trainer Rae Guest.

De Sousa ended August as the odds-on favourite to defend his crown in the Stobart-sponsored battle, but with Crowley winning 19 races so far in September (at a 26% strike-rate) the momentum has shifted to the Sussex-based jockey.

Crowley's agent Tony Hind said: "What he has achieved over the past few weeks is immense.

"He is riding on the crest of the wave at the moment. I always say success breeds success and that is exactly what he is doing and long may it continue.

"He is very level headed and has his feet firmly on the ground. If he has ridden three or four winners during the day he's exactly the same as if he has ridden none.

"This game tames lions and you need that temperament to be a jockey.

"I always thought, when he came to me, that I could make him champion one day, but if he does do it this year I didn't realise it would be this quick."

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On the rest of the card, Stynes (7/1) won for the second time since joining trainer Graeme McPherson when taking the Bibby Financial Services Redhill Handicap.

The six-year-old, formerly with Ali Stronge, had got off the mark on his first run for the McPherson team when scoring over hurdles at Newton Abbot in July and showed his versatility with a convincing win on the Flat.

A winner at Bath in May, Stynes made a successful switch to the Flat game when coming with a rattling run to strike by five lengths under 3lb claimer Rob Hornby.

McPherson said: "I'm delighted with that. He's been running well for us over hurdles. We thought he was pretty well handicapped on the Flat based on his form before he came to us and so it proved.

"Rob gave him an absolute super ride. He's a horse that just takes his time to get rolling at the end of his races. He bided his time, stoked him up and he's won going away.

"He needs a decent time between his races, about three or four weeks. We'll just have to see what there is and see what the ground is in October – if the right race is there for him on the Flat he'll go and if not then back over hurdles it will be.

"He'll get further. We might step him up to a mile and three-quarters or even two miles on the Flat.

"He wasn't an expensive purchase for the owners and he's a proper dual-purpose horse."

Alistair Rawlinson will be banned on September 26 and 27 after being found guilty of careless riding on the runner-up, Galuppi.

Bloodsweatandtears (14/1) registered a fourth course and distance success in the Kew Electrical Brighton Handicap.

Amir Quinn held up the William Knight-trained eight-year-old at the rear of the field after being slowly away, before he finished with a flourish to land the spoils by three-quarters of a length from Admirable Art.

The Jim Best-trained Bobby Benton (14/1) landed the Handicap by a length and three-quarters from fellow joint top-weight Unnoticed in the hands of Willy Twiston-Davies.

Eve Johnson Houghton's Becca Campbell (3/1 joint-favourite) was retained by connections for 4,600 guineas after bolting up by five lengths under Sophie Killoran in the Go Sorting Tickets & Hospitality Concierge Apprentice Selling Handicap.

Bayston Hill (7/2) made his experience count as he opened his account at the seventh account in the Call Star Sports On 08000 521 321 Maiden Stakes.

Mark Usher's youngster just prevailed by a short head from Otomo under Daniel Muscutt.

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