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    Zarkava
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    A direct quote from Jamie Spencer <!– s:lol: –>:lol:<!– s:lol: –>

    By Marcus Townend

    Mergespencer

    No Flat jockey polarises media and public opinion more than Jamie Spencer. An innately talented horseman to some. To others, a rigid tactical theorist, who plays the waiting game too often.

    When the knives are sharpened, more often than not it is for a stab at the 27-year-old two-time champion… and it hurts.

    ‘People have the wrong perception of me, that I couldn’t give a toss,’ he said, as he prepared for one of the biggest weeks of his season.
    Easy rider: Jamie Spencer rides Medicine Path to glory in April’s Doncaster Mile Stakes and the jockey insists his talent on the saddle can’t be bought

    Easy rider: Jamie Spencer rides Medicine Path to glory in April’s Doncaster Mile Stakes and the jockey insists his talent on the saddle can’t be bought

    ‘I take things to heart more than anybody else.’

    By the time he rides Sariska in Sunday’s Irish Oaks, he should already have taken two shots at the Group One targets with Moneycantbuymelove in the Falmouth Stakes and Art Connoisseur in the Darley July Cup, at Newmarket’ s July Meeting.

    Spencer, who points to a strike-rate that hovers around 20 per cent, reveals he is trying to make adjustments.

    New era: Spencer admits he is trying to change

    ‘I’m in the middle of changing things to control races more. I have to be more open to circumstances. I never set out to ride a poor race. But there are times when I watch the replays and say, "That was a bad ride". I let circumstances be dictated to me.

    <b>’You can’t buy the talent I’ve got. There are probably other jockeys with better brains, but I have a talent to get horses to do things that they don’t want to do, to relax them.</b> A lot of people think because a horse has been close to the pace that it has had its best chance but, in many respects, that isn’t true.’

    This season has brought disappointment but Sariska’s Oaks win provided a high and Spencer is confident heading to The Curragh. Whether Art Connoisseur can transfer his excellent Ascot record to Newmarket remains to be seen.

    Spencer, who missed the Golden Jubilee success on the colt through suspension, said: ‘It was an amazing training performance as he threw a splint before Ascot. His effort at Ascot could take its toll, but I hope it doesn’t.’

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    ricky lake
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    what a load of rubbish , I cannot believe he said that ……….

    bullocks :shock:

    Ricky

    #238227
    highflyer1
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    I had assumed this was a quote from the Crown Prince of Arrogance…..Roger Fededer.

    #238231
    betlarge
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    There are probably other jockeys with better brains

    No sh*t.

    Mike

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    deltaman
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    I had assumed this was a quote from the Crown Prince of Arrogance…..Roger Fededer.

    Must be an age thing.they are both 27. :lol:

    #238244
    Neil Watson
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    Has he thought about asking for a refund.

    #238246
    yorkshirepudding
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    Jockeys are like lawyers and rent boys, show them enough money and they will come crawling too you sooner or later…

    #238276
    robnorth
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    I can’t see Jamie Spencer’s weighing room colleagues letting him forget this article in a hurry.

    #238277
    MDeering
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    So, when does Jamie debut in the ring? :wink:

    #238286
    davidjohnson
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    His quote is absolutely spot on.

    #238288
    dave jay
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    Your never going to be the best unless you yourself believe you are the best, or that you can be the best.

    The Yanks think like that, that’s why they come across as being a bit deluded.

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    davidbrady
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    Sounds like an Ian Poulter moment:

    From Wikipedia

    In the March [2008] issue of Golf World (UK) Poulter was quoted saying "Don’t get me wrong, I really respect every professional golfer, but I know I haven’t played to my full potential and when that happens, it will be just me and Tiger."[

    #238314
    Cav
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    Problem for Jamie is that Michael Bell seems alone in sharing that self belief on a regular basis.

    #238331
    Onthesteal
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    I’m glad Jamie has more or less admitted that he’s a desperately bad pace judge and brainless with it. I’ve thought the same for a long time.

    #238338
    TheThrowback
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    Federer is entitled to be arrogant.

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    Grey Desire
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    Spencer a laughing stock on Laughing Boy this afternoon at Ponty.

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    Gingertipster
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    I don’t usually like criticising a jockey, just a particular ride he’s given. Every jockey has good and bad rides. But will make an excetion here.

    Jamie does have a habit of holding up / dropping out most of his mounts. Remember the July meeting at Newmrket a couple of years ago, riding practically every one like a porn star, coming from the rear. Whether the race was strongly or slowly run. Think Steve Mellish commented about it at the time. As if every horse had a good "turn of foot".

    Jamie is right though, very few jockeys have as good "hands". Possibly only Richard Hughes and Frankie can rival him there. Very good at settling a horse.

    Think this inteview does give some positives, seems to suggest he knows what he’s doing wrong. I’ve noticed this season he’s more inclined to race up with / near the pace.

    If he can improve judgement of pace, he could yet be the top jockey Spencer believes himself to be. Good luck to him.

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