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Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

All the hot views with Crouch and Stott among those hoping for a big pot

Hector Crouch: Jfoul looks to be on the upgrade
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2.25 York 
Goffs UK Premier Yearling Stakes | Class 2 | 6f | 2yo | ITV/RUK

These valuable races sprinkled over the coming months offer the chance for a big payday, not only for connections but for some of the weighing room's less-established members.

The £147,540 to the winner would comfortably be Hector Crouch's most lucrative success, and he is aboard Jfoul for Saeed Bin Suroor.

"It's the kind of race that could take you to the next level," Crouch said. "I'm doing well at the moment, but if you win a big race on a big day at a big meeting it raises your profile."

On the chances of Jfoul, Crouch added: "He's done everything that could be asked of him the last twice and looks to be on the upgrade. Saeed's horses are in good form and it's nice to be on him."

While Crouch is riding Jfoul for the first time, he could always pick the brain of colleague Kevin Stott, who was aboard Godolphin's juvenile for his brace of wins, but swaps to Celebrity Dancer for Kevin Ryan.

Stott is also well acquainted with the son of Excelebration, having partnered the colt on all three previous outings, winning twice.

Like Crouch, victory would be notable for Stott, and he said: "I was third in the race last year on Hey Jonesy and he went on to be fourth in a Group 1."

On his chances of going two places better this year, the rider added: "He's progressive and ran well last time. Hopefully the ground won't be too quick. There's a lot of unexposed runners and Secret Venture [stablemate] is a very nice horse. I think Celebrity Dancer has a nice each-way chance."

This prize has been farmed by three trainers since 2011, with Kevin Ryan (2011 and 2012), William Haggas (2013, 2014, 2015) and Richard Hannon (2016, 2017) the successful yards.

All three are represented this year, with the betting suggesting it could be a Hannon hat-trick, with He'Zanarab and Masaru vying for favouritism.

What they say

Richard Hannon, trainer of Big Baby Bull, He'Zanarab, Magical Wish and Masaru
Big Baby Bull is a tough little customer who has a big heart and is an improving horse who will be suited to a race of this nature.
He'Zanarab is a horse we like a lot and Ryan [Moore] is obviously a very good booking. We know he likes the course and, while he’s got to defy another penalty, he’s a big, strong horse, so I see no reason why he won’t be bang there again.
We’ve always liked Magical Wish, and I think a return to six furlongs and a fast pace will suit him really well, as will the return to turf. 
Masaru bolted up on debut in a race that has worked out well. We’ve given him plenty of time to get over Windsor and he’s improved a lot physically. He’s a lovely mover who will relish this track, where he can get into a nice rhythm, and I fancy his chances quite a lot.

Andrew Balding, trainer of Barossa Red
He's run two pretty solid races but has a bit to find on the book. He should have improved for the last one and we hope he might get in the money.

George Scott, trainer of Concierge
This has been the plan since his first run. He needs to take a step up on form but I think the race will really suit him and he should be able to take the gaps as they arrive. 

William Haggas, trainer of Fanaar
He had a bit of a break before Yarmouth, where he ran a good race. He really wants 7f, but he's a nice horse and not without a chance. I've put the blinkers on to help Jim [Crowley], as he's quite a lazy horse and hopefully they will help him travel through the early parts of the race.

Richard Fahey, trainer of Kodyanna, Pacino and Red Balloons 
Kodyanna is in good order and we've put cheekpieces on to help her. We gelded Pacino and I thought it was a good run the other day. He needs to step up, but I wouldn't be surprised if he ran well. Red Balloons needs to step up on what she's done but six furlongs could help her.

Adam Ryan, assistant to Kevin Ryan, trainer of Secret Venture
He has plenty of nice entries and we think a lot of him. He won cosily on debut but obviously he’s only had one run and it’s a big ask in a race of this calibre on just his second start. 

Archie Watson, trainer of Gallovie
She's a nice filly who progressed from her first run to her second. She's unexposed and I hope she can take another step forward.

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