Jim Crowley: “I hope Maydanny can get us off to the best possible start”
Coral ambassador previews his rides at Goodwood on Tuesday
One of the biggest weeks of the year, and an important one for me at my local track, begins on Maydanny in the Chesterfield Cup.
He ran away with this race twelve month ago, I couldn’t do the weight that day but he’s 12 pounds higher in the handicap this time around so there are no worries on that score this year.
He ran a very good race to be second at Sandown last time, and while I don’t think we’d want really testing ground, soft or good to soft should be fine.
Even though he’s carrying much more weight than last year, and it’s a typically competitive race as you’d expect, I hope we can get the meeting off to the best possible start.
Only Space Blues is rated higher than Khuzaam in this Lennox field, which tells you he’s a good horse.
His best form has come on the all-weather, and we tried him over six furlongs in the Chipchase at Newcastle last time. It was a bit of an experiment and that told us he wasn’t a six-furlong horse, so stepping back up to seven here will suit.
He’s drawn in 11, which won’t make it easy for us to go forward early, and with the Godolphin pair – Space Blues and Creative Force – and the likes of Safe Voyage in the race, it’s a proper contest for a Group 2.
If things fell right for us, I can see us having an each-way chance, but it will be a tough race for him to win.
I rode Away He Goes in Dubai in Dubai earlier in the year, although I wasn’t on board when he finished an excellent third in the Dubai Gold Cup, behind the subsequent Ascot Gold winner, Subjectivist.
A mile and a half looked too short for him last time as he stays very well, and while the presence of Stradivarius and Trueshan in particular make this a very good race, I can put my fellow anywhere in the race.
He’s another who if things fell right, he could challenge for a place, but clearly it would be a big ask for him to win.
We won this maiden in the Shadwell colours with Alkumait last year, and Harb comes from a decent family.
He’s trained by Mark Johnston, whose runners just do so well at this meeting. His 2-year-olds always know their job as well, even on debut, so a lack of racecourse experience won’t be an issue. He’s exciting and one I’m looking forward to.
By Frankel out of the Guineas winner, Natagora, few runners here today are better bred than Anghaam.
I’ve ridden her in work on soft ground, so any ease in the ground here won’t bother her, and we’re drawn well enough in five.
Star Seeking looks the one to beat, but my filly has been running well this year and I think she has a good chance.