Jamie Spencer excited about his six strong book of rides at York
I was over in France on Sunday and had no joy on Arod in the Prix Jacques le Marois, but I did come second on Medieval in the two year old race which was a decent run. He’d finished fourth in the Coventry so is a nice horse.
I’m looking forward to York this week. I’ve got some decent chances particularly Nemoralia for Jeremy Noseda who should have a good chance in the City of York Stakes, Group 3. With that class drop she should have a good chance.
In the first on Wednesday at 1.55pm I ride Lexington Abbey for Kevin. He’s running off a mark of 95 and has pretty much been on that mark all year. He won at Nottingham earlier in the season on soft ground. He generally prefers good ground or just the easy side of good, so we will just have to see how he performs on this ground. He’s not handicapped out of it so should have a good chance. He’s drawn 17 and at the Dante meeting the low numbers were winning, so we will just have to see. You tend to learn about the draw as the meeting goes on.
In the Acomb at 2.30 I ride a nice two year old for Kevin called Syphax. Kevin has been sweet on this horse all along. He came from the breeze-ups and he went and won first time out at Musselburgh. It’s a big step up in class but I’m sure he’s not running for the sake of it. He will have to improve a lot to win but you just never know with Kevin and he’s won good races at this meeting before.
In the 3.05pm, the Great Voltigeur, I ride one of Aidan O’Brien’s Housesofparliament. It looks a decent ride to pick up. He won the Bahrain Trophy last time out and appeared to stay really well. He was a little bit unlucky at Ascot on his previous start. I could see him being a lot closer to Across The Stars this time, especially as he’s getting 3lbs from him. I don’t think there’ll be much between those two. He looks a nice ride. Obviously Idaho has the strongest form from the two Derbies but I’m looking forward to riding my fella. It should be a good spin.
I ride Arab Spring in the Juddmonte International at 3.40, and not my usual mount The Grey Gatsby. Kevin called me when the entries came out to let me know that they’d had a discussion about The Grey Gatsby, and were thinking of trying a different jockey on the horse, and then an hour later I got the call from my agent, Niall Hannity, to tell me I was on Sir Michael Stoute’s horse. It’s just one of those things that happens and there’s no point worrying about it. I was less than impressed by the way this was covered in the Racing Post and I’ve let David Milnes know my feelings on that.
I rode Arab Spring yesterday morning and he went well. He ran nicely at Haydock and Sir Michael Stoute wouldn’t be running him here just for the sake of it. He doesn’t send horses for Group 1s just for the day out. He breezed well yesterday morning. Obviously it’s a strong race but he goes there with a chance. I’m looking forward to riding him, and I’ll be riding him as if he’s got a decent chance, with hopes of at least hitting the board.
It all boils down to Postponed’s well-being really. He’s the one to beat, and I don’t have any concerns about the trip. He’s often had his races won at the two pole over a mile and a half so I can’t see it being a problem. It’s a different surface to the one that Hawkbill ran on at Ascot or at Sandown. It’s completely different, a good bit quicker. You just have to see how he’ll handle it, and when a horse handles soft ground as well as he does you’d have to be concerned about him on this faster ground. Highland Reel is very consistent. He won the King George well and he’s flexible distance-wise so I think he’ll be a bigger danger to Postponed than Hawkbill. If Postponed is as well and as fit as he can be I think he’ll win.
I ride Life Less Ordinary in the 4.20. He stepped up to 1m6f last time and got the job done. He now goes up another couple of furlongs, but that 1m6f at Sandown is stiff, uphill the whole way up the straight, and he got that trip well, so I’m not worried about two miles for him. In fact I’m hoping this step up in trip might drag a bit more improvement out of him. It’s a warm race and there are plenty in there with a chance. I like Nakeeta off top weight with an apprentice claiming 7lbs. He’s a class horse just beaten in a Chester Cup. When The Cashel Man sees me he basically seems to lose 75% of his ability, so I spoke to David Simcock and just said put George Buckell on him and claim 5lbs. He rides him out at home and gets a good tune out of him. I’ve ridden him three times now and I could have run faster than him myself. I rode Renneti in last year’s Cesarwitch when he damaged my back he pulled so hard. He’s been a bit disappointing this term. He ran ok at Galway but he’s not been setting the world alight.
Then in the last at 4.55 I ride Spin Doctor for Richard Fahey. He won a maiden first time out at Nottingham, then ran OK at Beverley and was then well beaten in the Albany at Royal Ascot. He’s back in a Nursery today. Hopefully he can get back on track and obviously Richard’s horses are in great form. He had a great winner at the weekend in the Jacques Le Marois with Ribchester. I didn’t see him after the race but I texted him, and we had a laugh and a joke about it, but I get the impression there was a big sense of relief that he’d got the job done. I thought he was unlucky at Goodwood , and I couldn’t see why Galileo Gold would beat him on Sunday. He’s clearly a fast improving horse.