Jamie Spencer moved two steps closer to regaining the jockeys' title as he extended his lead over Seb Sanders to seven with a double at Kempton yesterday. With his rival serving a two-day ban, Spencer, who has now ridden 179 winners, is 1-10 with Coral for the Flat championship which will be settled a week on Saturday.
"You can never really say it's over, but if I have a double-figure lead with a week to go I won't be taking it easy, but I will be hard to catch," he said. "I'd rather be chased than be chasing."
There was a welcome change of fortune for Aidan O'Brien at Leopardstown when Jupiter Pluvius maintained his unbeaten record in the Killavullan Stakes to earn quotes of 14-1 for next year's 2,000 Guineas.
After the death of George Washington in the Breeders' Cup Classic and the news that Scorpion may be forced to miss next week's Melbourne Cup, the victory of the 6-4 favourite in the seven-furlong Group Three event, won by Ballydoyle's Guineas winner Footstepsinthesand three years ago, came at the right time. The son of Johannesburg quickened nicely to win by three-quarters of a length.
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