RICHARD SPENCER would be the first to admit that the season didn’t get off to a Usain Bolt start but the catching up is underway and an across-the-card double with Magical Ride at Yarmouth and Revich at Epsom on Thursday gave the Sefton Lodge trainer plenty of encouragement that it will indeed be “A game of two halves.”
Spencer made the short transfer from Albert House Stables when Phil Cunningham signed on the dotted line for Sefton Lodge just over 12 months ago and double figures we reached for this season with Thursday’s brace.
Spencer said: “A lot of yards in Newmarket, for whatever reason, were not really hitting form and we were one of the sufferers. Since Royal Ascot we feel we have turned the corner and the horses are running well. We have a long season left and a lot of horses that haven’t run yet. There’s a lot left to go and, hopefully, there will be some exciting times ahead.”
One of those that figure prominently in future plans is Alabama Whitman who belied her odds of 50-1 when a close fourth to Daahyeh in the Group 3 Albany Stakes at Royal Ascot and could prove a penalty kick in a novice event at Carlisle on Thursday. Stable flagbearer Keyser Soze will be looking to make his presence felt in the Bunbury Cup at Newmarket on Saturday and there are several others waiting in the wings that could be worth keeping an eye on in the coming weeks and months.
With his squad raring to go, Richard kindly spoke to Tony Elves of attheraces.com about his prospects for the season.