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Spencer basks in Fame glory

Jamie Spencer hopes Fame And Glory can become a permanent fixture in the Gold Cup following his outstanding success at Royal Ascot.

Having spoken of his relief at partnering the talented five-year-old to victory in Thursday's showpiece, the former champion jockey is already sizing up a possible return next year.

Spencer is back in partnership with his former boss Aidan O'Brien due to the link-up between Coolmore and owners Jim and Fitri Hay, who retain the jockey, and he is now the regular rider of Fame And Glory.

He said: "Initially I was more relieved than anything else. It's a big ride and he's a great horse.

"The race went very smoothly and when you're on a horse like him it's like everything is in slow motion - you can go where you want and the gaps open. There was no stage in the race when I didn't think I would win.

"I rode Yeats in his younger days and this fellow is so easy to ride. He does the bare minimum - in his trials he was very idle and relaxed.

"Let's hope he's around for a few more years and he can go back there and win again."


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