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Josh Crane: Adayar’s work-rider has ambitions to fly for Emirates airline

By David Milnes

Former apprentice jockey Josh Crane, who rides out Derby winner Adayar every day, knows plenty about other flying machines – he’s a qualified pilot with ambitions to fly for Godolphin sponsors Emirates airline.

The 29-year-old, who rode nine winners as a 7lb claimer for Chris Dwyer, quit the saddle in 2014 after struggling with his weight.

He said: “I like fast things and as well as Adayar I like to partner planes out of Duxford as I have a private pilot’s licence that cost me around £10,000 to get with all the qualifications.

“I don’t fly the jockeys, it’s purely recreational, although one day I could fly professionally, and the dream would be to fly for Emirates airline, who are one of Godolphin’s sponsors.”

After leaving Dwyer in 2014, Crane started with Godolphin at Saeed bin Suroor’s yard after which he rode work for Sir Michael Stoute. He joined Appleby last year and sat on Adayar for the first time in…

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