Jim Crowley York Preview: Empress Wu could be my Oaks filly
York 13:50 – Crystal Delight
I’ve ridden Crystal Delight a couple of times previously, including at Newmarket last time when we finished second to a fair sort [Teumessias Fox].
He’s a big, strong type, so this galloping track should really suit him. He travels well, he stays and he’s in good form, so I’d be disappointed if he couldn’t get involved in the places.
York 14:25 – Khanjar
We’re drawn in 19 here with the likes of Dakota Gold close to us, so there should be some early pace, and the William Haggas horses are coming into form, so he would have a chance.
However, it is his first run of the year, and in my mind I wonder if he might be a seven furlong horse ultimately.
He does have to recover from two disappointing runs at the end of last season, so hopefully he can do that here in what is a typically competitive York sprint.
York 15:00 – Khaadem
Khaadem is a horse I know well, having won a Stewards’ Cup on him when he was owned by Shadwell. Now owned by the Hays, he’s been running well enough at Meydan over the winter without winning. I actually won this race for these owners a few years ago on a big outsider called Glass Office, so it would be nice to repeat that!
This looks a really deep renewal of the race, with Highfield Princess and Creative Force both proven Group One performers and The Astrologist is an interesting runner from Australia.
My ride would need to improve to be involved, but at his best he’s smart and I hope he runs a nice race for connections I’ve enjoyed plenty of luck for over the years.
York 15:35 – Empress Wu
This Musidora looks to be the strongest Oaks trial we’ve seen, with Infinite Cosmos heading the market off the back of an impressive Newmarket win.
I rode my filly when she won her only start at Lingfield in November. She was very green that day but showed a fair amount of ability to win well. She’s only had that one run but that means she’s still unexposed and this is where we’ll find out plenty more about her.
Empress Wu will stay this trip well, she's pleasing David Simcock and the fact they are running her in such a good race suggests they hold her in high regard. If she does run well, she could well be my Oaks ride.
Jim Crowley, Coral Racing Ambassador