Crowley passes 100-winners mark with Brighton double

Jim Crowley passed the 100-winner mark in his bid to be champion jockey when taking the last two races at Brighton.

Crowley was out of luck in his first four rides, but a double saw him maintain the pressure on title-holder Silvestre de Sousa, who was in action at Wolverhampton’s evening meeting.

Upstaging (2-1 favourite), trained by Paul Cole, brought up Crowley’s century with victory in the Follow Us On Twitter At StarSports_Bet Handicap.

Crowley completed a quick brace on Noble Act (3-1) in the starspreads.com Handicap for trainer Rae Guest.

De Sousa ended August as the odds-on favourite to defend his crown in the Stobart-sponsored battle, but with Crowley winning 19 races so far in September (at a 26 per cent strike-rate) the momentum has shifted to the Sussex-based jockey.

Crowley’s agent Tony Hind said: “What he has achieved over the past few weeks is immense.

“He is riding on the crest of the wave at the moment. I always say success breeds success and that is exactly what he is doing and long may it continue.

“He is very level headed and has his feet firmly on the ground. If he has ridden three or four winners during the day he’s exactly the same as if he has ridden none. This game tames lions and you need that temperament to be a jockey.”

On the rest of the card, Stynes (7-1) won for the second time since joining trainer Graeme McPherson when taking the Bibby Financial Services Redhill Handicap.

Bloodsweatandtears (14-1) registered a fourth course and distance success in the Kew Electrical Brighton Handicap.

Amir Quinn held up the William Knight-trained eight-year-old at the rear of the field after being slowly away, before he finished with a flourish to land the spoils by three-quarters of a length from Admirable Art.

The Jim Best-trained Bobby Benton (14-1) landed the starsportsbet.co.uk Handicap by a length and three-quarters from fellow joint top-weight Unnoticed in the hands of Willy Twiston-Davies.

Eve Johnson Houghton’s Becca Campbell (3-1 joint-favourite) was retained by connections for 4,600 guineas after bolting up by five lengths under Sophie Killoran in the Go Sorting Tickets & Hospitality Concierge Apprentice Selling Handicap.

Bayston Hill (7-2) made his experience count as he opened his account at the seventh account in the Call Star Sports On 08000 521 321 Maiden Stakes.


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