Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Spencer Shines in Moon Landing

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Spencer Shines in Moon Landing

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Byline: By Robert Pratt

Jamie Spencer brought Moon On A Spoon with a daring run up the inside to land the Weatherbys Bank Handicap at Ripon.

The James Fanshawe-trained filly was slow to start and, as a result, was stuck at the back of the field behind a wall of horses in the straight.

The champion jockey decided to switch to the far rail with a quarter of a mile to go and, after weaving his way through the pack, he hit the front approaching the final furlong.

Moon On A Spoon was now in full flight and the 12-1 shot ran on strongly to hold Fregate Island at bay by a length.

"I don't know whether it was a good ride or a lucky ride but he sat cool and got the breaks and that's the main thing," Fanshawe said.

"That win was a big relief because she's looked quite nice at home but she was very disappointing at Kempton last time. She was a bit keen and didn't finish.

"I don't know whether it was the turf here or not, but she has clearly improved a lot."

The stewards, however, were not too impressed and banned Spencer for two days (June 17 and 18) for careless riding after he was found to have caused interference to the unplaced Manouche.

The suspension rules him out of Timeform Charity day at York.

A trip to Royal Ascot is on the cards for Dimboola after the youngster justified odds-on favouritism in the EBF Spa Welter Maiden Stakes.

Barry Hills' juvenile was sent off at 2-5 and proceeded to make all the running under the stand rails in the hands of the trainer's son Michael to beat Riotous by a cosy length and a quarter.

Dimboola was winning at the fourth time of asking and his joint-owner Guy Reed said: "That didn't ask much of him and he goes to Ascot next for the Windsor Castle Stakes but he wants a lead ( he'll get one there! Mind, he'd have to perform better than that down there. …

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