Unibet ambassador Jamie Spencer looks ahead to a big weekend with rides in America and France
I’LL have my head in the clouds when most of you read this week’s column – but it’s the thought of a trip to America in four months that has really got me flying high.
After two third places for Gordon Elliott and Mark Casse at Kentucky Downs last Saturday, I’m back in the States today.
First up, though, the NFL season starts this weekend and that’s great news for me as I’m a huge fan.
Last year I went to a play-off game at New Orleans, and it was one of the greatest sporting occasions I’ve ever seen.
This time, though, I’m doing even better – with a trip to Miami for the Super Bowl in January, and already I can’t wait.
It’s something I’ve wanted to go to for years and years. I’m a New England Patriots fan so I’d love to think they’ll be there too.
They’re favourites, so let’s hope the odds are correct. Tom Brady is one of THE great sportsmen, and it would be fantastic if he wins another – and I’m there to see it.
This weekend’s visit is more of a flying one, leaving Heathrow at 10.30am, landing at JFK at 1.30pm, riding in the 5.15 and 5.47 and then jetting out again at 8.20pm.
First up I’m on Love So Deep for Jane Chapple-Hyam in the Belmont Invitational Oaks and, after going down by only a short head in Deauville last time, she’d have a decent chance.
I’m looking forward to riding her and then Spanish Mission for David Simcock, who you’d imagine will go close.
He looks to have a horse to beat called A Thread Of Blue, who won in Saratoga last time, but they are both big prize-money races, so hopefully I will be in the thick of it.
When I leave America, it’s straight to Paris to ride Phoenix Of Spain in the Prix du Moulin at Longchamp on Sunday.
It looks fairly open, but my horse and Circus Maximus are the two highest rated, so it will be interesting – not least because that will make it three countries in two days for me!
The big race at home is the Sprint Cup at Haydock. I really fancied Advertise for Frankie but sadly he was taken out yesterday.
Aidan O’Brien has also pulled Ten Sovereigns because of the ground but there are plenty of others who will appreciate an easy surface.
Charlie Hills thinks a lot of Khaadem, who was impressive when winning the Stewards’ Cup. It’s a massive step from that to a Group 1 but he looked a class act at Goodwood.
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