Racing: Spencer to make amends on Mike
Thursday 13 July 2006
Jamie Spencer owed his position as top jockey at Royal Ascot last month to the verve and daring of his riding, but those assets did not pay off on Hoh Mike in the Norfolk Stakes. Eager to stay near the favoured stands' rail, he tried to find a way through a diminishing gap and ended up having to switch. By that stage, Dutch Art had already flown, but the way he finished confirmed this colt to be one of the liveliest juvenile talents seen this season.
Only the extra furlong provides any serious cause to doubt his right to compensation in the TNT July Stakes at Newmarket today. Hoh Mike(2.0) has every right on pedigree to stretch his speed this far.
The other group race on the card, the Princess of Wales's Wbx.com Stakes, has been reduced to just four runners but it still provides an interesting clash between a progressive three-year-old and his seniors.
Mountain High produced a career best at Ascot, where Enforcer repaid his trainer's boldness with more place money, but the thriving Soapy Danger (3.10) could enjoy the run of the race and prove hard to reel in with his light weight.
Formal Decree is another who is thriving and gives Spencer obvious prospects in the Blandford Bloodstock Joss Collins Handicap, but Military Cross (2.35) could offer better value after meeting trouble in running over an inadequate trip at Ascot.
New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain
By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen
New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
Latest in Sport
Manchester City vs Manchester United combined XI: No place for Yaya Toure... or any United defenders
Sami Khedira transfer news: Arsenal can win the Premier League if they sign Khedira in January, says Perry Groves
Manchester City vs Manchester United analysis: Manuel Pellegrini has no excuse for City's lack of a Plan B, writes Danny Higginbotham
Chelsea injury list: Loic Remy lead the Blues' absent players while Diego Costa is set to return
Radamel Falcao: Manchester United ready to seal permanent transfer of striker as 'everything is complete' to extend his Old Trafford stay
- 2 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 3 Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson criticised for beer tweet
- 4 The bubble bursts for Sodastream
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
£40000 - £65000 per annum + bonus + benefits + OT: Ampersand Consulting LLP: M...
£22800 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: The JobAt ...
£22800 - £33600 per annum: Randstad Education Manchester Secondary: Calling al...
£100 - £125 per day: Randstad Education Chelmsford: EYFS Teachers - East Essex...