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Local lad Crowley aims to keep good form going into Glorious Goodwood

SUSSEX jockey Jim Crowley has Glorious success in his sights after continuing his fine form at Goodwood.


The Pulborough-based rider has enhanced his reputation as a specialist at the track, racking up a winner every time he has visited the track this season.


With form like that, the reigning champion jockey will fancy himself to add to his tally when the premium meeting comes round in the first week of August.


Crowley celebrated his seventh course victory of 2017 in the Sir Eric Parker Memorial Handicap by riding home on 3/1 shot Mudaarab at last Friday’s meeting.


Trained by Sir Michael Stoute, the well-backed horse was a popular winner among the thousands who packed in for the final part of Goodwood’s Three Friday Nights (TFN) meeting.


Other highlights include the Jamie Spencer mount Harbour Rock (3/1) winning the Sigma Maiden Stakes while David Probert rode home on the Andrew Balding trained Galactic Prince to take


The Sussex Roof Garden Handicap. Then all eyes turned to the parade ring where hooves turned to heels as a dance floor was set up for the final of the TFN concerts.


After hit DJ sets by Tinie Tempah and Pete Tong, last week saw Sigma take centre stage with the London outfit entertaining the masses long into the night. It rounded off a busy few weeks for Goodwood with the annual Charity Race Day also taking place.


Crowley continued his superb form at the course, riding Lightening Dance to win the opening NSPCC Speak Out Stay Safe Maiden Fillies’ Stakes.


The 2m Maywal Handicap Stakes was won impressively by London Prize, who earlier in the year had won the prestigious Imperial Cup over hurdles.


Preceding the thoroughbred racing were two well-contested Charles Owen Pony Races, which provided an added thrill to the day.


The race for ponies of 138cm and under was won in good style by Clear The Track under 13-year-old Daniel Ellis, while Annie Get Ur Gun won the second race for ponies of 148cm and under, ridden by 16-year-old Oliver Stammers. On a day when the attendance reached 9,551 – a record for the fixture – more than £65,000 was raised for the NSPCC.

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