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Comeback kid Jamie Spencer justly even money to ton up in 2015

| 15.12.2014

Two-time champion jockey Jamie Spencer has reversed his decision to retire from the saddle and is now as short as evens to partner 100-plus UK flat winners in 2015.

Just hours had passed since he finished seventh aboard Trade Storm in the Hong Kong Mile in what was billed as his final ride when it was announced that the 34-year-old would instead continue riding as a freelance.

As of now Spencer has won on a mere 73 of his 561 rides in what turned out to be his final season as retained rider for the burgeoning Qatar Racing operation.

Yet he cosily cleared the century mark in each of the previous four years, booting home a handy 127 2012 scorers in his final year as retained rider to Fitri Hay.

Outlining his plans in the Racing Post, the son of Tipperary hinted at the extensive little black book that can help him record another ton of winners in 2015.

“I will be riding primarily as a freelance, but obviously I have certain existing links and relationships with trainers that I will be utilising.

“I am also looking forward to being entirely free and available for the first time in six seasons and developing new associations. I have no specific targets other than to continue to be successful.”

Spencer has ridden 25 or more times for six past Group-1 winning handlers this year so the 6/4 about him hitting the bulls-eye at the top level in 2015 looks fair.

Kevin Ryan, David Simcock, Michael Bell, Peter Chapple-Hyam, Richard Fahey and Charlie Hills will doubtless use him again next term.

Coming across a Classic-winning ride will prove more difficult for the man who became the youngest rider ever to take such a race when landing the 1998 Irish 1000 Guineas aboard Tarascon.

It’s a tall order reflected in odds of 8/1 about Spencer scoring in one of the five UK classics in 2015.

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Thomas Reynolds