Jim Crowley wows Champions Day with first ever treble at meeting by jockey

By: Greg Wood at Ascot Sunday 17 October 2021

Jim Crowley arrived here on Saturday with one winner on Champions Day to his name from 22 rides, but he left as the first jockey to win three races on Britain’s richest day at the track. It was a 215-1 treble that included Group One wins on Baaeed, in the Queen Elizabeth II Stakes, and Eshaada in the Champions Fillies & Mares Stakes.

Baaeed’s brave defeat of Palace Pier, the 6-4 favourite, was the undoubted highlight of Crowley’s afternoon, as it extended the three-year-old’s unbeaten record to six races in a career that started in early June. Crowley pushed him into a narrow lead with just over a furlong to run and William Haggas’s colt held on bravely as Palace Pier and Frankie Dettori pushed hard.

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