Ahead of the Newmarket 2000 Guineas we caught up with our ambassador Jim Crowley on his ride ELARQAM
Who do you think is your biggest competition in the race?
Well the favourite GUSTAV KLIMT, the horse of Charlie’s MASAR and SAXON WARRIOR. You also can’t rule out EXPERT EYE, it’s going to be very competitive race.
How has he wintered?
He’s done really well, I rode him work at the craven he went really nicely. It was a good trip out for him and he’s done really well over the winter.
Do you think it is a positive or a negative to go straight to the Guineas without a prep run?
Positive, last few years Aidan has won and as long as they have had a course gallop which he has I think it’s a good thing.
What would it mean to win your first British Classic, and for your boss Sheikh Hamdan?
It would mean everything, I have now been second in 3 classics, so I would love to win one, especially with this horse. And to win it for Sheikh Hamdan would be incredible with this horse and his breeding, it would be a dream come true.
What characteristics does he share with Frankel?
Looks more like attraction he’s the spit of her, with regards to Frankel, he just wants to get on with the job and is keen front-runner like both parents.
#AskJim what's the plans for Gabr and Eqtidaar for the season?
Jim- Eqtidaar runs on Wednesday at Ascot and Gabr will run in the next few weeks.
What has been the best horse you have ridden? #AskJim
My question I sent to you is Jim which of aidan o briens horses do you think could win the derby?and what's the best day of your career in racing so far? #AskJim
Jim- Saxon Warrior.
Best day of my career would be winning the Juddmonte International at York,
Who do you think you will ride in the Dante #AskJim
Jim- No idea!
How do you rate Indian racing and what was your experience like in India . #askjim
Jim- I really enjoyed it, I like it in indian and they have really good horses, I would say they are like our group and listed horses here
Can you beat Saxon in the Guineas?
#AskJim what is your favourite course king ;-)
Jim- I have two Ascot and Goodwood
Is Battaash the fastest you have Ridden #AskJim
Jim- I would say he is but also the horse I rode in Dubai Ertijaal, was very quick as well
#AskJim at Newbury you rode afaak over taqdeer, it seemed on paper form that taqdeer had around 9lbs in hand as well as a run, what factors made the decisions for the first and second string here? Do you expect afaak’s rating to exceed taqdeer’s during the season?
Jim- Afaak had finished 2nd in his last start to Addeybb who the won the lincoln and the sandown mile