Jim Crowley: Focus was on the horses, not fashion *H&H Plus*

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  • Jim Crowley was champion Flat jockey in 2016 and is the retained rider for leading owner Sheikh Hamdan Al Maktoum. The former National Hunt jockey enjoyed six victories at this year’s Royal Ascot, including the Group One King’s Stand Stakes on Battaash.

    I enjoyed my best-ever Royal Ascot last week, finishing second on the leading jockeys’ board to Frankie Dettori – we both notched up six wins but he beat me on second places.

    There was top-class racing on every day and Frankie winning the Gold Cup on Stradivarius by 10 lengths was so impressive. I finished fifth on Mekong and it was great to be a part of the race. Frankie is a big character and he is brilliant for the sport – popular with racing fans for his flying dismounts.

    The opening Tuesday (16 June) was a dream for me with a treble on the day and it was the first time I have achieved that at the royal meeting.

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