Jamie Spencer's 2,000 winners - Diamond Tycoon
Jamie Spencer joined an illustrious group of jockeys on Saturday when he rode his 2,000th Flat winner in Britain. Spencer became just the fourth rider still competing to reach 2,000 when the Dean Ivory-trained Stake Acclaim stormed home in the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup Dash at Ascot.
The two-time Champion jockey was quick to pay tribute to the connections of all the horses he has won on saying, "This is testament to all the connections, owners and trainers and staff. I’m only there to ride them and there’s a lot of people who do all the work day in, day out, but to get to 2,000 is a good number."
We are delighted to say that we are one of those connections and have played a small part in Jamie reaching this milestone through the exploits of Diamond Tycoon back in 2007.
Diamond Tycoon, trained by Brian Meehan, ran only once as a two-year-old, finishing second at Newmarket in a maiden when ridden by Richard Hughes. He reappeared as a three-year-old in a Newbury maiden on Greenham Day and this time ridden by Jamie Spencer. Having made all he shot away from the pack with a furlong left and ran out an impressive six length winner.
Jamie said straight after the race, "He has a big stride on him and stretched away nicely in front. I was surprised nothing came to me and it was a good time. He appears to have all the attributes and is a horse for everybody to look forward to."
Brian Meehan was equally impressed and immediately earmarked the 2,000 Guineas as the next step. He said: "I asked Jamie to commit for the Guineas subject to him running well and he did. He's a real nice horse and we've got to go for the Guineas now, but everything of mine had been needing a run and I didn't look upon him as a good thing."
Jamie Spencer after success at Royal Ascot this year.
Diamond Tycoon was well backed following his win as the form was boosted with the fourth, eighth and 15th placed horses from his maiden going on to win next time out and we were full of confidence that he could make the step up to the top level.
In the lead up to the race Jamie pointed to Diamond Tycoon's experience of the track as a big plus and was quoted as saying, "He was second in his maiden there on soft ground which would have been totally against him. He has track experience - if horses don't handle The Dip then you're in trouble. At this stage I wouldn't swap him for anything."
Sent off a 15/2 chance Diamond Tycoon raced in the stand side group and travelled nicely in the early stages of the race. When asked to pick up though he couldn't go with the leaders and finished ninth of 24 in the end, although he was sixth in the group he raced in.
As it transpired Diamond Tycoon picked up an injury in the race which explained his somewhat disappointing run and it was last time he ran in our colours. He did return to the track in 2008 for different owners, finishing second in a Listed race at Haydock and running in the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot. It was a case what could have been in the end for the Racegoers Club and Diamond Tycoon but he gave us one special day at Newbury with his thrilling win and helped Jamie Spencer on his way to 2,000 winners.