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Take nothing away from Spencer career

Even though the time hadn't come, Jamie Spencer (inset) still felt the need to announce he would be retiring at the end of the season.

In his statement he admitted that he didn't really want to retire but job security and being a family man outweighed the thrill of riding winners and probably in truth, trying to carve his way as a freelancer again had Qatar Racing opted for a change in their riding roster for next season.

Whether or not his time as Qatar Racing's number one was genuinely coming to and end or just a badly timed rumour we will now probably never know and Spencer is the sort of rider you couldn't imagine would have been left too long without being in receipt of a good retainer somewhere.

However, the decision he made is now done and dusted and despite advice and even plea's from some of his colleagues in the sport, it looks as though Jamie Spencer will at least start 2015 living life as a retired jockey.

Will he return next year at any stage? Probably not. Whatever his new managerial role will be is surely going to freshen him up and keep him quite busy over the next 12-months and it is probably only at the backend of next year when he'll really and truly be able to say whether or not he truly misses race-riding.

As a jockey Spencer divided opinion like few others. Some loved him, some hated him and some changed their mind every second race but Spencer is and always will be a top class horse-man who of course was one of the few flat jockeys to ride a winner at the Cheltenham Festival when he won the Champion Bumper on Pizzaro for Edward O'Grady.

Richard Hughes led the charge in trying to get him to reverse his decision but you get the feeling that Spencer is still convinced in his own head that the time is right and you can't imagine that he'll be found wanting for anything in his new life as a retired jockey.

At 34, he has achieved plenty in his career that has been going strong since he was just a baby-faced teenager and it should not be forgotten that he is part of an elite group which rode as number one to Ballydoyle and the little things like that can never be taken away from him no matter what the future holds.


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