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Crowley looking for hat-trick on final day of Eastern Festival

PUBLISHED: 18:03 19 September 2018 | UPDATED: 18:03 19 September 2018

The 2018 Eastern Festival at Great Yarmouth concludes on Thursday Picture: Nick Butcher

The 2018 Eastern Festival at Great Yarmouth concludes on Thursday Picture: Nick Butcher

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Former champion jockey Jim Crowley has a hat-trick of chances on this afternoon’s third and final day of Great Yarmouth’s Eastern Festival.

Crowley rides for trainer Owen Burrows in the 3.25pm feature, worth £13,000 to the winner, on four-year-old Okool. The gelding won in June at Salisbury and is fancied to take the 14-furlong contest in which nine go to post.

Andrea Atzeni on Roger Varian’s Sharja Silk and Robert Havlin on the Simon Crisford-trained Percy’s Word look the main rivals, both runners-up when last seen at Ffos Las and Kempton respectively.

The Crowley and Burrows combination looks to have a fine shout in the 5.10pm finale with five-year-old Khamry. The gelding won over the trip at Lingfield in June and looks to have a winning chance, despite the presence of two course and distance winners, Human Nature and Colonel Frank, for trainers Stuart Williams and Mick Quinn.

Earlier, at 2.50pm, Crowley partners the Sir Michael Stoute-trained Kings Girl, likely favourite for the six-furlong fillies’ novice stakes. The two-year-old was runner-up at Brighton mid-August.

Scat Daddy debutant filly Hidden Message, under Oisin Murphy for William Haggas, looks one of many dangers in the 16-runner field.

No one has a better record at Great Yarmouth this season than Jamie Spencer and he rides the Luca Cumani-trained filly Floria Tosca in the 4pm fillies’ handicap over 11 furlongs. The filly seeks to complete a hat-trick after recent Bath and Leicester victories.

Murphy rides Stoute’s Rare, second at Lingfield in July while another with a shout is Lightening Dance under apprentice Jason Watson, who claims three pounds off the Amanda Perrett-trained filly, third at Brighton after a Salisbury win a month ago.

Spencer then partners the David Simcock-trained Polybius in the 4.35pm handicap, the seven-year-old fourth at Ascot a fortnight ago.

Excellent George and Lady Freyja rate contenders too. The former, under apprentice Milly Naseb, won at Newmarket in August while Lady Freyja runs off the back of a Newmarket July course victory on August 17.

The 1.50pm opener may go to Nostrovia for Tom Queally and trainer Richard Spencer while the 2.20pm novice stakes features five debutants, although Boerhan, who made a winning debut at Newbury for James Doyle and Haggas, looks the one to beat.

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