It will be a long journey north on Racing League opening night for south-based team BullionVault, but they will travel to Newcastle on July 29 with plenty of firepower.
Sussex neighbors Jim Crowley and Hector Crouch are joined by fellow jockey Pat Cosgrave, who brings his riding experience to some of the world’s greatest races.
Crowley, 43, has ridden over 2,000 British winners, including 142 Group and Listed successes.
At just 24, Crouch is the least experienced of the trio, but his growing reputation was bolstered by a first Royal Ascot winner this year on Surefire in the King George V Stakes.
The team will have an exciting selection of horses from Sussex and Surrey trainers David Menuisier, Gary Moore, Amanda Perrett and George Baker, who will also act as race director.
View from the weighing room
Jockey Hector Crouch …
“The Racing League is bringing a new twist to conventional racing, it’s a fantastic cash prize and I’m really looking forward to seeing a new kind of crowd in the races.
“It’s fantastic that they have tracks like Windsor and Newcastle and it will attract a different kind of crowd to these meetings.
Commenting on his teammates, Crouch added, “I’m pretty close to the next door neighbors with Jim Crowley. He loves a good story and he wouldn’t let the truth get in the way of a good one! He’s a very entertaining character and a fantastic jockey.
“Pat has ridden all over the world and is a Group 1 multiple jockey. He’s a real character and loves moans! Patsy and moans go hand in hand. He could have ridden a Group 1 winner and he would moan by the way. More seriously, I spent a lot of time with him this winter in Dubai and we get along really well.
“I’m very lucky with the coaches on my team. With the exception of David Menuisier I’ve ridden for them throughout my career so I hope we get along really well because we all know how we work.
“David Menuisier is promising and doing wonderfully. Wonderful Tonight has been fantastic for him. I don’t think she will appear in the Racing League, but if you could sneak her into a 0-90 handicap you would love! “
View of the stable
Trainer David Menuisier …
“George (Baker) is a very good spokesperson, he presents himself very well, he is a charmer. Gary is very kind and very clever. Amanda has a lot of experience and a team of very good horses to go to. the war.
“Jim Crowley is up there with the best strike rate for the jockeys that rode for me, he’s very patient and a good judge.
“I think we have a great supply of horses so we just need a little luck and I hope everything will be okay.”