Wednesday, 13 June 2012
: Jamie Spencer is looking forward to being reunited with Fame And Glory as they go for back-to-back victories in the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday week.
| Fame And Glory wins the 2011 Ascot Gold Cup|
Photo by Racing and Sports
Aidan O'Brien's stayer also won the Qipco British Champions Long Distance Cup at the Berkshire course in the autumn to prove himself top class.
The trainer's son, Joseph O'Brien, was in the saddle when Fame And Glory made a successful reappearance in the Vintage Crop Stakes at Navan last month, and Spencer expects the six-year-old to be in prime condition when he defends his crown.
"He won the two main staying races there, the one on Champions Day and the Gold Cup itself, so they were good days," Spencer, retained rider to owner Fitri Hay, told At The Races.
"Joseph said he was a bit fresh and keen (at Navan), but he showed plenty of life. it was his first start of the year.
"He improved from his runs last year when he got to Ascot and I'm sure Aidan will have him in top-top shape.
"He's up against good horses like Saddler's Rock and Colour Vision, so we will have to see how the race pans out."