Jim Crowley excited by ride on Talaayeb in the 1000 Guineas
Thursday 20 April 2017
Jim Crowley is relishing riding Talaayeb for new employer Sheikh Hamdan al Maktoum in the Qipco 1000 Guineas on Sunday fortnight.
The daughter of Dansili impressed when winning on her debut at Newmarket in September and delighted the champion jockey in a seven-furlong workout with stablemate Midhmaar, an 89-rated four-year-old gelding ridden by Richard Hills, before racing at Headquarters on Thursday.
Neither horse broke any speed limits but Talaayeb, quoted at 14-1 for the Guineas and 20-1 for the Investec Oaks, finished off powerfully and again handled the undulations of the course impeccably.
“Talaayeb’s a lovely, sweet filly and I really like her,” Crowley said. “I was very pleased [with her work]. It was good to get her out today and do a nice piece of work without doing too much.
“She loves fast ground, has a nice turn of foot and is bred to get further. She’s doesn’t take much getting ready, is very uncomplicated and hopefully she ticks the right boxes. I’m really looking forward to riding her.”
Crowley enjoyed a fruitful time in Dubai over the winter but the 38-year-old has yet to enjoy a domestic classic success.
He will be hoping he fares better on Talaayeb than he did on the Ralph Beckett-trained Moonstone Magic in the 1000 Guineas five years ago. She started second favourite but finished tailed off.
Burrows, in his second season with a licence, has only a handful of fillies in his yard and said of Talaayeb’s workout: “She relaxed nicely, travelled well and galloped right the way to the line.
“She’s not a filly who takes a massive amount of work, and that’s why I didn’t want to run in a trial.
“We are asking a lot to come from a maiden but she was very professional when winning that day. We are taking a bit of a punt but her work at home excites me.”
He aded: “She’s bred to be an Oaks filly and we’ve got her in the oaks - her mum stayed well and her whole demeanour is going help her to get her get further, but she’s not short of speed, either. She’s got a bit of boot and it’s a case of fingers crossed for the next fortnight or so."
Galileo Gold also worked on the Rowley Mile before racing under Frankie Dettori. Hugo Palmer's English 2,000 Guineas winner worked with stable companion Extremity and pulled well clear in the closing stages. Galileo Gold is primed to run in the JLT Lockinge Stakes at Newbury next month.