Jamie Spencer to take new role with Qatar Racing
Retained jockey to retire from race riding at end of year
Jamie Spencer, Qatar Racing’s retained jockey, will retire from race riding to take on a new full time role within the Qatar Racing management team.
From 2015, Spencer will be an integral part of the operation working closely with Sheikh Fahad and David Redvers providing feedback and advice regarding horses owned by Qatar Racing and Pearl Bloodstock. Currently the combined operations have around 250 horses in training worldwide, the majority of which are based in Britain, Ireland and France.
Spencer, 34, will continue to ride for Qatar Racing for the remainder of the year before embarking on his new career in January 2015.
Jamie Spencer said: “This is a fantastic opportunity and if I have learned anything in my riding career it is that you should take such opportunities when they come along.
“As much as I love race riding, it is not something I want to do for the rest of my life and while I am not necessarily ready to retire now, I feel at a stage when I am ready for a change. I really enjoy being part of the Qatar Racing team, working with Sheikh Fahad, David (Redvers) and everyone, and so the opportunity to continue that and at the same time start the next chapter in my career appealed to me.
“This has been a big decision and not one I have taken lightly. My priority is my family, and thinking of them and their future has played a key part in my decision. I feel I still have a lot to give to racing, and not just as a jockey.
“I would like to thank all the owners and trainers who have supported me throughout my career. I will always be grateful to them for the success I have had and the friendships built along the way.”
Sheikh Fahad said: “I am delighted that Jamie will remain part of the team in his new role. I very much enjoy working with him and I am sure he will continue to be a great asset to Qatar Racing.”
David Redvers, Racing and Bloodstock Manager to Qatar Racing, said: “Ever since we signed up Jamie he has impressed us with his commitment and contribution. He has been an invaluable team player and this new role will enable him to build on that. I am delighted that we will continue to benefit from his insight, enthusiasm and invaluable experience.
“Jamie will continue to ride for Qatar Racing for the rest of the year. With regard to riding arrangements for 2015, we hope to be in a position to clarify the plans shortly.”