Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Spencer on Quest to Land Title Crown; Jockey Favourite for Prize

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Spencer on Quest to Land Title Crown; Jockey Favourite for Prize

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JAMIE SPENCER is hot favourite to bag the all-weather jockeys' title this winter and can continue his quest for the crown with yet another winner at Lingfield.

His mount Andean Margin is the pick in the Pat Eddery Racing Valentine's Gallops Morning Handicap after placed efforts on his three most recent starts.

The three-year-old was a winner at Southwell in December but has failed to hit the mark in three subsequent starts, filling the runner-up spot on each occasion.

Andean Margin just got caught out by an early move from eventual winner Dream Date over tomorrow's course and distance earlier in the month - and that disappointment is probably best forgotten.

Admittedly, the handicapper has not been too generous in raising him a further 3lb for such consistency, but Andean Margin looks a useful type in what is not the strongest of races.

Sir Mark Prescott is renowned for his shrewd handling of handicappers, and his Torch Of Freedom is a fascinating contender in the William Hill Telebetting On 0800 44 40 40 Handicap.

The four-year-old was a winner at Kempton as a juvenile, but was limited to just one start at Down Royal last term.

He could muster only third after missing the break there, but it is interesting Prescott has persevered with the Statue Of Liberty gelding.

Siena Star keeps his form remarkably well for an 11-year-old, and he struts his stuff at the Surrey venue where he has already recorded six victories.

Sixth there earlier this month after being in second place until a furlong out, he can make it seven wins in the Play Poker @williamhill.com Handicap.

Takitwo can get up close to home to deny Bollywood Style by a head over Kempton's seven furlongs earlier this month. Peter Cundell's six-year-old can repeat the trick over the course and distance in the digibet.com Handicap.

Player may be one of the lesser lights of the Graham Wylie and Howard Johnson team, but the French import is starting to pay his way thanks to a win at Catterick a month ago - and he can go in again at Newcastle. …

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