Jockey Jamie Spencer
He’s won four classic races, the first meant he was the youngest jockey ever to do so and now has fourteen group one races under his belt. In total, he has won 192 pattern races at the time of writing.
He quickly rose up the ranks, his prodigious talent soon spotted by the likes of Ballydoyle where by the age of 24 became their retained rider.
However, the pressure of such a high profile job at an early age saw him leave his post prematurely, some would say before the chance to really shine in the saddle and showcase his talents on a global stage. He left his post in 2005 and soon replaced by Champion Jockey Kieran Fallon.
He bounced back from his earlier disappointments by becoming joint champion jockey in 2007 with Seb Saunders, probably the most dramatic finish in a championship title race, where he needed to win on his last ride on the final day of the season to share the honours, under a trademark cool ride he got the victory that the ride merited.
He is however not everyone’s cup of tea, in particular amongst punters as he often likes to ride nearer to the back of the pack and come with a late run, this, of course, means he is susceptible to the occasional lapse of timing, finishing late when the race is effectively over. When he does get it right, it can look brilliant but when it goes wrong there can be consequences.
I am much more interested in his mounts when there is likely to be a true pace from the outset often found in large field handicaps, he is also particularly effective on a straight course, the two combined gives him the ideal scenario to deliver his skills to the best of his ability.
Here are some worthwhile stats for betting purposes.
Please note records are based on a level staking plan to one Euro or Sterling per bet at SP (Industry prices).
Race Type: Non-Handicap
Trainer: M Channon
Bets: 50 Wins:10 Win Strike Rate: 20% P/L +78.76
Race Type: Handicap
Trainer: E Vaughan
Bets: 47 Wins:9 Win Strike Rate: 19% P/L +33.38
Race Type: Handicap
Trainer: J Chapple-Hyam
Bets: 51 Wins:16 Win Strike Rate: 31% P/L +26.85