Spencer wins with first British ride following career resumption Thu, 18 Dec 2014

Richard Edmunds

Riding in his first race in Britain since reversing his decision to retire, Jamie Spencer marked his return with a win on the all-weather track at Lingfield overnight.

The victory came aboard Master Of Irony, owned by Qatar Racing. Spencer had been the contracted rider for Qatar this year and announced in August he would retire from riding to take up a management position with the stable. He reversed that decision earlier this week.

Spencer said he was grateful for the unexpected level of support he had received.

"I try and keep a low profile as much as I can but I've had a lot of nice texts and calls from people who you'd think would have more important things in their life,” he told At The Races. “I've been surprised and touched by a lot of people's reaction.”

While he is pleased with his decision to carry on riding, Spencer said he intends to take a lengthy break over the British winter – something he has not had the chance to do for many years.

"l'll go on holiday until February time, take it easy, recharge and be fresh, because for the last ten or 15 years once Hong Kong ends you only have until January 1 to get ready for Dubai, so I'm looking forward to it," he said.

"I've got no targets for next season, just to work hard and to achieve plenty, hopefully, and be committed and dedicated on and off the track."

The 34-year-old Spencer has been a regular at major race meetings in the United States, Dubai, Asia and Australia, including his win aboard Side Glance in the Gr. 1 Mackinnon Stakes at Flemington in 2013.

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