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Jamie Spencer

Jamie Spencer at York Races

Jamie Spencer (born 8 June 1980)[1] is an Irish flat racing jockey currently riding in the UK . His nicknames include "Casper" due to his pale complexion and "Bollocky Bill" because of his attitude in the weighing room.[citation needed]


Racing career

Spencer has won four classic races,[2] the first being the 1998 Irish 1,000 Guineas when he partnered Tarascon to victory and in the process became the youngest jockey to win a classic, he was just 17 at the time. In 2007 Spencer was British Champion Jockey,[1] sharing the title on the latter occasion with Seb Sanders. Spencer has also been champion jockey in Ireland and champion apprentice in Ireland.

Spencers mercurial talents led to him becoming stable jockey for Aidan O'Brien at Ballydoyle having his first full season in 2004. They parted company in 2005.[2] He was replaced as stable jockey by Kieren Fallon.

Major wins

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Personal life

Spencer is married to Channel 4 Racing presenter Emma Spencer, although the couple announced their separation in 2009.[3] The pair separated because of Jamie's affair with fellow jockey Hayley Turner.[4][5]

His father was George Spencer, former National Hunt trainer in County Tipperary who trained Winning Fair to win the Champion Hurdle in 1963.[1]

In September 2009 Spencer was named on a list of tax defaulters by the Republic of Ireland Revenue Commissioners.[6] Spencer paid €102,855 in respect of an alleged under declaration of Capital Gains Tax discovered during a Revenue audit.[7] He later told press that his CGT liability arose following the death of his father and uncles in the mid to early 1990s.[8]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Jamie Spencer". National Thoroughbred Racing Association. http://www.ntra.com/stats_bios.aspx?id=7064. Retrieved 25 January 2010. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Jamie Spencer Jockey Profile Back-Strait.com
  3. Top jockey Jamie and Emma admit to separate lives Herald.ie, 17 November 2009
  4. Channel 4 racing host refuses to interview winning jockey blamed for stealing husband Mail Online, 26 April 2010
  5. Jamie & Emma Spencer ”Living apart” after details of affair become common knowledge SportsNews Ireland, 5 May 2010
  6. "Jockey listed among tax defaulters". The Irish Times. 15 September 2009. http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2009/0915/breaking60.htm. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  7. Revenue Commissioners (15 September 2000). "Defaulters List". Press release. http://www.revenue.ie/en/press/defaulters/defaulters-list2-sept2009.pdf. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 
  8. "Spencer settles Irish tax bill for capital gains". Racing Post. 15 September 2009. http://www.racingpost.com/news/horse-racing/jamie-spencer-spencer-settles-irish-tax-bill-for-capital-gains/631841/top/. Retrieved 15 September 2009. 


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