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Spencer expecting glory for Fame

Jamie Spencer believes all options are open to Fame And Glory this year.

Still trained by Aidan O'Brien, owners Jim and Fitri Hay purchased a significant share in the five-year-old in the off season and the entire ran in their familiar pink and green colours when making a winning comeback in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan.

He holds entries in races as diverse as the Irish Champion Stakes over 10 furlongs and the two-and-a-half-mile Ascot Gold Cup but Spencer, who is retained by the Hays to ride all their horses, also thinks he could bid to win back-to-back Coronation Cups at Epsom.

"Last year he ran a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half all year but he made a really nice start at Navan," said the jockey.

"He won the Coronation Cup well last year and that's obviously an option but I suppose he could pack in that and Ascot.

"The main thing about the run the other day was that he settled and he was pretty chilled out. I'm only starting to get to know him but he's a very likeable horse.

"I rode (four-time Gold Cup winner) Yeats as a three-year-old and they are very different horses.

"Fame And Glory has been in a couple of Arcs so he's a different type of horse to be going in the Gold Cup."

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