2017 Goodwood Racecourse Ambassador
Having travelled over 50,000 miles and ridden in over 1,000 races, Jim Crowley’s 189 winners in the calendar year of 2016 capped an incredible journey for the 38 year-old. 10 years on from switching from National Hunt racing, he started the 2016 season rated as a 66/1 shot to be crowned Champion Jockey and he defied all the odds, broke record after record and beat off Silvestre De Sousa to claim the coveted title.
As just reward for such an achievement, Jim secured the much coveted role as Sheik Hamdan Al Maktoum Number 1 jockey and has already claimed plenty of Group race success in Dubai off the back of it. If 2016 was about quantity, 2017 looks set to be about quality as Jim will be riding some of the best horses in the world at all the top meetings. Although Jim has enjoyed success at the top level in Group 1s, he has sights set on claiming a first British Classic. Jim Crowley is proof that hard work pays off and you won’t find anyone in the weighing room that would begrudge him the success he is now enjoying.