Spencer: Qatar contract was not going to be renewed

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Jamie Spencer: will end his riding career at the end of 2014

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JAMIE SPENCER has revealed his contract riding for Qatar Racing was not going to be renewed at the end of the season, which in turn led to his decision to retire from the saddle.

The racing world was stunned in August when the news broke that Spencer would end his career at the end of 2014, although he is staying within Sheikh Fahad Al Thani’s Qatar Racing outfit in a new management role.

In his second season as retained rider for Qatar Racing, speculation mounted as to how Spencer’s retirement had been determined, and speaking to The Times, the jockey said: The story is that I was told my contract wasn’t being renewed for next year. You wouldn’t be human if that didn’t come as a shock, but there has been no fall-out. Sheikh Fahad and I still speak every day. I’ve really enjoyed working for him. I get him and he gets me.” 

Andrea Atzeni was swiftly signed up as Spencer’s replacement, providing immediate success when delivering Qatar Racing a first domestic Group 1 with Elm Park in the Racing Post Trophy.

International meetings in the Caribbean and Hong Kong will provide the 34-year-old Spencer with his final rides in the saddle before his career takes a new path, and he added: “There’s no sense disguising it’s a difficult time but, in my mind, I’m stopping riding.”It doesn’t sit easy but that’s how life is. Nothing lasts forever.”

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