Jamie Spencer is among the most stylish jockeys in the weighing room and is renowned for swooping from off the pace.
But you don’t become a two-time champion jockey in Britain, as Spencer was in 2004 and 2007, without having other tricks up your sleeve. For instance, he made all aboard Just The Judge in the Irish 2000 Guineas of 2013.
The son of former Irish jumps’ trainer George Spencer, Spencer was just 17 when he won his first Classic, on Tarascon in the 198 Irish 1000 Guineas. In the process, he became the youngest jockey to win a Classic.
He was champion apprentice in Ireland the following year with 46 winners and enjoyed his first Classic win in Britain when landing 2003 St Leger at Doncaster on Brian Boru for Aidan O’Brien.
During a brief spell as Ballydoyle’s No 1 rider , he was champion jockey in Ireland in 2004 with 93 winners. The following year he was champ in Britain with 180 winners and in 2007 he regained his title, albeit he shared the title on that occasion with Seb Sanders.
Spencer landed the Gold Cup on Fame And Glory in 2011 and was retained by Qatar Racing in 2013.
In late August of the following year he announced he announced his retirement, citing family reasons. However, in December 2014, he reversed that decision and returned as a freelance.
He rode his 2,000th winner in Britain aboard Stake Acclaim at Ascot in 2017. Perhaps, appropriately, he came from last to first on the five-year-old and led in the final strides.
Spencer suffered a broken hip on the gallops in 2020 and rode in only 120 races. Fully recovered, he is back for more at the age of 40 in 2021.