Sport Horse Racing

Thursday 22 March 2018

Spencer joy at two-year Qatar deal

Jamie Spencer has been confirmed as the retained jockey for Sheikh Fahad Al Thani's Qatar Racing operation, David Redvers, the owner's racing manager, has confirmed.

The former British champion jockey has signed a two-year contract with Sheikh Fahad, whose horses run under the Qatar and Pearl Bloodstock banners.

"I can confirm that we have agreed terms and that Jamie Spencer will be first jockey for Qatar Racing on a two-year contract, starting from January 1," said Redvers.

Spencer, who was crowned joint-champion jockey with Seb Sanders in 2007, is excited about his new role. "I'm delighted to become part of a team going forward that has invested so heavily in the sport," said Spencer. "Hopefully there are exciting times ahead."

Brown Panther aims to give Tom Dascombe and Michael Owen the perfect end to the season in the Prix Royal-Oak at Longchamp today. "The ground and the trip should be fine for him. I don't want to say this looks the easiest option as that will come back and bite me on the bum," he said.

Nine runners have been declared for the Prix Royal-Oak, with Hurricane Higgins and Quiz Mistress joining Brown Panther in Paris.

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