To celebrate Jim Crowley turning 43, we take a look back at the flat jockey’s first big success on British soil – over obstacles with Crossbow Creek in the Lanzarote Hurdle at Kempton.
The 2016 Flat Champion Jockey started his career in the National Hunt sphere, riding over 300 winners over both hurdles and fences.
He was partnered up with Mark Rimell’s Crossbow Creek in the 2005 Lanzarote Hurdle, who went off as a 16/1 shot for the contest.
The then-seven-year-old was settled in midfield for the majority of the contest and he began to make progress at three out.
Crowley kicked his mount on and the gelding began to make headway just before two out.
He kept finding more and found himself in command approaching the last fence.
Brian Ellison’s Torrid Kentavr attempted to make a late challenge but he couldn’t keep tabs on Crossbow Creek, as Rimell’s recruit cleared away to win by three and a half lengths at Kempton.
The gelding went on to race in the Champion Hurdle in 2006, before being switched to the flat in the later years of his career and was retired in 2010.
Jim Crowley switched to the flat not long after and has ridden over 2000 winners on the flat to date.