- Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury in 2008 (Group 2) (3yo+) (Flat) – 2008
- Qipco British Champions Mares’ & Fillies Stakes at Ascot (Group 1) – 2014
- Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly (Group 1) – 2009
About Jim Crowley
He might have started life as a National Hunt jump jockey, but 37-year-old Jim Crowley has well and truly carved out a place for himself as one of Britain’s top Flat jockeys and last season enjoyed a successful time booting home 118 winners.
Born in Ascot, Berkshire, Crowley grew up close to the hallowed turf of the royal racecourse but it was jumping that was his first love and he left home to move north and learn his trade with the excellent Sue and Harvey Smith at Bingley in Yorkshire.
Jim Crowley, From Jumps to Flat Racing
The 2004/2005 jumps season saw him partner a highly respectable 47 winners, but after riding a further 33 winners, in the 2005/2006 season he took what at the time was a highly unusual step in switching from the jumps to take out a full Flat racing licence.
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Unlike many of his jumps weighing room colleagues, Crowley was relatively small and often had to add many pounds of lead into his saddle in order to top up the weight to the right mark. Carrying dead weight is much more difficult than real bodyweight.
Crowley soon married the sister of trainer Amanda Perrett, both being daughters of one-time training legend Guy Harwood, the man famous for his association with equine greats such as Dancing Brave and Warning in the 1980’s.
Best Races and Wins
Crowley soon made an impact on the Flat scene, a riding brain honed by his time over jumps serving him well. In 2007 he rode 92 winners, and then achieved his first century the following season when landing an impressive 116 winners.
His best seasonal total to date was in 2012 when he notched up 148 at a very good overall winning strike rate of 17%.
Although he had already ridden a few group winners, it was Crowley’s association with the talented Lord Shanakill, trained by Middleham-based Karl Burke, that had really put his name up in lights.
He won the Group 2 Mill Reef Stakes at Newbury in 2008 on the son of Speightstown then won the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly on the same horse the following summer.
More big winners started to flow, which include fruitful associations with such as 2010 Group 2 Goodwood Cup winner Illustrious Blue (trained by William Knight), but in 2011 the likeable and intelligent jockey hit the bullseye on no lesser stage than his local childhood track when producing Robert Cowell’s Prohibit with a withering late run to catch Australian star Star Witness in the Group 1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.
Crowley added another Group 1 prize to his collection in 2014 when riding a canny race on the David Simcock-trained Madame Chiang, storming through the heavy ground to land the Qipco British Champions Mares’ & Fillies Stakes, once again at Ascot.
Racing Stats and Track Record
Crowley has proved worth following with above-average winning percentages over the last five seasons :
- Ffos Las (33%), Newcastle (29%)
- Brighton (24%)
- Nottingham (22%)
- Wolverhampton all-weather (21%)
Best Performing Trainer Partnership
Trainers who have provided the hard working rider with his best percentage of winners include Donald McCain (50%), Dominic Ffrench-Davies and Chris Wall (33%), Lucy Wadham (31%), Roger Varian (27%), Olly Stevens (26%), George Baker and Laura Mongan (25%), and David Simcock (24%).
 racingpost.com, Jim Crowley Live Stats, 2016
 racingpost.com, Jim Crowley Record by Race Type Live, 2016