Oasis Prince tees Spencer up for whirlwind weekend

Yarmouth winner before jetting off to Canada

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Jamie Spencer enjoyed a winner before setting off on a whistle-stop tour of Canada after Oasis Prince displayed the best of his battling abilities in the Moulton Nurseries Handicap at Yarmouth.

The former champion jockey, who rides the Mark Casse-trained Federal Law in the Queen’s Plate Stakes at Woodbine on Saturday, steered the Oasis Dream colt to his fourth victory of the year, rallying well having been headed to defeat Destination by a neck.

Spencer said of the Mark Johnston-trained 5-1 winner: “He tried really hard and put his head down well. He will stay further.

“They (Johnston) horses never give up. I’m usually used to them beating me, so it is nice to be on the other side of it.”

On Federal Law, he added: “He has won a couple of races out there, it is a valuable race and Mark Casse is one of the best trainers out there.”

Marhaba Milliar made it three wins from four starts when marking his return from a spell on the sidelines with victory over the previously-unbeaten Motakhayyel in the ASL Making Work Flow Handicap.

Winning rider Robert Havlin said of the John Gosden-trained 6-4 shot: “He is a tough little horse that just picked up a little niggle after Chelmsford last year.

“It was his first try over seven and that is probably his trip. He showed a nice turn of foot and has always been very brave.”

Otago (9-4) became the latest runner to carry the colours of the Queen to victory when appreciating the step back up to six furlongs to deny Born To Destroy by three-quarters of a length in the British Stallion Studs EBF Novice Median Auction Stakes.

Nick Bell, assistant to his father, Michael, said: “We kind of experimented last time with the drop back to five furlongs and it didn’t pay off.

“He has improved with every start and that was the ideal way to set him up for nurseries.

“I thought he was going to win a lot easier at two out. The other horse joined him, but he battled well which was good to see.”

Liam Jones had his fitness levels put to the test before eventually getting the William Haggas-trained Funny Man (7-2) up in the dying strides on his first start over a mile and three-quarters in the C A Design Services 35th Anniversary Handicap.

Maureen Haggas, assistant to her husband, said: “It was a good job Liam is fit as he was pushing him from a long way out, but he got the job done in the end.

“The step up in trip helped as he stayed very well. He is going to get further as he just gallops on.”

Oasis Prince tees Spencer up for whirlwind weekend
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