Jim Crowley Blog | Newbury

19 Apr 2024
Coral Racing Ambassador, Jim Crowley, previews his three rides at Newbury on Saturday, including his ride in the Group 3 John Porter Stakes, Mujtaba.

13:30 Newbury – Mujtaba

This horse ran well on his sole start last season at Chester, finishing second to Point Lonsdale in the Group Two Huxley Stakes. He only went down by a neck in that race. Unfortunately, he then encountered a problem and missed the rest of the campaign.

On his comeback run in France, the ground was just far too heavy for him at Saint-Cloud. I think you can put a line through that run.

This is a hot race, with Arrest being the one to beat. I am hoping my horse runs well and gives us something to build upon for the rest of the year.

15:15 Newbury – Dancing Magic

Dancing Magic has been gelded since his last run, and Roger Teal is a good trainer who does well with these sorts of horses. He handles any cut in the ground and although he is a maiden, he is a very good maiden, with some solid form.

I don’t think there is much in this race between the top four in the betting. My horse is more than capable of popping up with a big performance and landing a contest like this if things fall right for him.

17:00 Newbury – Baltimore Boy

I was impressed with this horse at Kempton last time. He is stepping up from 1m to 1m2f, and it was the first thing I suggested when I got off him at Kempton. On pedigree, you would not think it, as he is by Starspangledbanner.

The step up in trip should bring out a marked improvement. Again, this is an open race, and I expect he will run well.

Jim Crowley, Coral Racing Ambassador
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