Jamie Spencer gives his thoughts on his Breeders Cup mounts
I’ve never had more than four rides at a Breeders Cup before so to have six is good, and I have a few chances. It’s all fine having loads of rides but if you have chances it makes it much more exciting.
In the Juvenile Turf I ride Wet Sail. He’s been running over 1200 metres but there’s a lot of stamina on his dam side, his brother won the Royal Lodge and he’s by Henrythenavigator so the trip shouldn’t be a problem. He’s drawn one which will give him a nice toe in to the race. You can get a nice position on the fence, hopefully get behind something good and see where that takes him. He’s not as big an outsider as I would have thought he was a month ago as he’s come along nicely. It’s probably not the strongest of races. I know Charlie Fellowes well, although I don’t think I’ve ever ridden for him. He worked for James Fanshawe for a long time so that’s how I got to know him. He’s had a reasonable start to his career so it must be exciting for him to have a runner. I thought Luck Of A Kitten was a nice horse, and you have to respect Aidan O’Brien in this race given his record in it although maybe War Envoy isn’t as good a horse as he’s run in it and won with in the past. It will be hard for Charlie Hills horse Commemorative as he’s been running in two straight mile races so he may find it tough to muster the speed for this race. We’ll just have to see. My guy was giving weight to the first and second in the sales race at Redcar, and the winner is a really nice horse of Henry Candy’s called Limatu, so if he can improve for the trip then he’s got a squeak. I rode him in his last piece of work before he travelled over and he worked really well. He’s a small horse and he’s nimble. We sneakily fancy for him for a place. I’m looking forward to riding him.
I enjoy riding in mile races at Santa Anita but it’s still a mile from start to finish regardless of how tight it is. As you saw last year with Bobby’s Kitten and Giovanni Boldini if they do too much too early they will die at the end, and Outstrip just picked up the pieces. You have to be mindful, yes get a nice position but don’t cut your own throat holding that position. I think Ryan Moore rides the track very well. He never seems to get caught up in too many speed duels. You’ve got to be patient no matter how tight it is.
In the Juvenile Turf Fillies I ride Prize Exhibit and she’s drawn 13 but she’s very keen and needs to be dropped out anyway. So I’ll ride her for luck, track across to the fence, hope they go flat out and try and pick up the pieces. You just can’t try and beat the draw like Strong Suit did three years ago, where he got caught out three wide and blown away. Prize Exhibit ran well last time in the Oh So Sharp Stakes. She was a bit unlucky as there was a slow pace and the winner sat in second. She’s keen and strong so just needs to relax and settle and then she’ll run OK. It’s a hot race. Aidan’s filly Qualify would have been one of the favourites if she had a good draw but she’s in a similar boat to me. I thought Osaila would like a bit more cut in the ground and might be a doubt about the trip with her. It’s a very open race and the market shows that.