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Jockey Jim Crowley can’t wait to get back on ‘absolute dude’ Battaash in King’s Stand at Royal Ascot

TOP jockey Jim Crowley can’t wait to get back in the driving seat of his Bat-mobile. 

Flying sprinter Battaash is gunning for back-to-back wins in the King’s Stand Stakes, one of three Group 1s at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

Crowley can’t wait to get back on board Battaash at Ascot

Crowley has steered the Charlie Hills-trained seven-year-old to nine wins during a stellar career.

The horse suffered a small fracture to a joint over the winter, meaning he has been unable to get a prep run in.

But Crowley has no concerns and is hoping for a big performance in front of 12,000 punters next week.

He said: “I can’t wait, I’m itching to get back on him. He’s an absolute dude of a horse. 

“He was brilliant last year winning this and at Goodwood and York.

“He’s not getting any younger – but he’s not slowing down either. 

“He’s won first time out in the past and won the King’s Stand fresh last year, so the fact we haven’t managed to get a run in beforehand isn’t an issue. 

“He bounces off fast ground so this warm weather is a big help to him, too.

“Hopefully he can put on a show for the crowd – it’ll be great to have them back.”

Battaash has been well-backed in the lead-up to the Royal meeting, with several bookies reporting strong support.

Coral’s Dave Stevens said: “Battaash finally won his first King’s Stand 12 months ago.

“The speedster has been pleasing Charlie Hills in recent weeks, and Jim Crowley’s mount has shortened to 6-4 favourite for a repeat success on Tuesday.”

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