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Jim Crowley has a lead of nine over Silvestre de Sousa in title race

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Crowley joins greats with 45th winner this month

FLAT jockeys' championship leader Jim Crowley joined a select list of riders to have ridden 45 winners in a calendar month when he claimed a narrow victory on Bazzat at Chelmsford on Thursday night.

In his relentless pursuit of a maiden title, Crowley has been so prolific this month that he has reached the same tally posted by riding greats Fred Archer, in June 1884, and Sir Gordon Richards, in August 1949.

Racing Post historian John Randall said: "It won't be possible to say Crowley has definitely broken the record even if he surpasses 45 because the record for the most winners in a month by a jockey or trainer in Britain isn't something anyone has ever researched."

Twenty-time jumps champion Sir Anthony McCoy’s best score in a month was 41 in May 2014.

Having gained a winner at Brighton in the afternoon, Crowley notched an across-the-card double on the day as the 2-1 favourite got the verdict in a photo-finish.

Last year's champion Silvestre de Sousa did the same double-header on Thursday and also had a winner at each track to trail Crowley by nine (127-118) at the end of play.

The Stobart-backed competition ends on October 15.

 
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