Spencer to retire at the end of the Season
Jamie Spencer has made the shock announcement that he is to retire at the end of the current season to take up a management job with current employers Qatar Racing. In news that has stunned the Racing World, the two time Champion jockey will now act as a liaison to Sheikh Fahad Al Thani and his bloodstock advisor David Redvers.
Regarded as one of the finest riders of all time and the master of the hold up tactic, Spencer was just seventeen when he won his first Classic on Tarascon in the Irish 1000 Guineas. After a brief spell as stable jockey to Aidan O’Brien, Spencer made the move to Britain where he would be crowned Champion in 2005 and 2007, before being named as retained rider to powerful owners Qatar Racing in 2013.
Speaking of his new venture which will begin in 2015 Spencer said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and if I have learned anything in my riding career it is that you should take such opportunities when they come along.
“As much as I love race riding, it is not something I want to do for the rest of my life and while I am not necessarily ready to retire now, I feel at a stage when I am ready for a change.
“I really enjoy being part of the Qatar Racing team, working with Sheikh Fahad, David and everyone in the team, and so the opportunity to continue that and at the same time start the next chapter in my career appealed to me.”
He added: “This has been a big decision and not one I have taken lightly. My priority is my family, and thinking of them and their future has played a key part in my decision. I feel I still have a lot to give to racing, and not just as a jockey.
“I would like to thank all the owners and trainers who have supported me throughout my career. I will always be grateful to them for the success I have had and the friendships built along the way.”
Redvers said of the news: “Ever since we signed up Jamie he has impressed us with his commitment and contribution. He has been an invaluable team player and this new role will enable him to build on that. I am delighted that we will continue to benefit from his insight, enthusiasm and invaluable experience.
“Jamie will continue to ride for Qatar Racing for the rest of the year. With regard to riding arrangements for 2015, we hope to be in a position to clarify the plans shortly.”
By Kevin Walsh / Photo: Adam Davy/PA Archive
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