Jamie Spencer is set to part company with Andrew Sheret after four yearsPICTURE: Edward Whitaker/racingpostpix.com
David Harrison to book rides for Jamie Spencer
JOCKEY Jamie Spencer has appointed former jockey David Harrison as his new agent after parting company with Andrew Sheret, who has booked his mounts for the last four years.
At the same time the former two-time champion jockey confirmed he is almost certain to accept a retainer to ride for Dubai-based owners Jim and Fitri Hay this season.
Spencer is due to partner Balcarce Nov at Lingfield on Saturday for the couple who were big-spenders during the yearling sales and have around 45 horses in training in Britain with Paul Cole, Tom Tate and Stan Moore.
Spencer, who finished 12th in last year's flat jockeys' championship with 80 winners, said: "Andrew has done a fabulous job and made me champion jockey (in 2007 when sharing the title with Seb Sanders), but after giving long thought to it, I felt a change may be better.
"David Harrison is going to be looking after me this year, and we'll see how it goes, but Andrew has been a really good person to work with and, typical of him, when I told him I was thinking of changing, he took it the way he takes everything else, and I regard him as a friend rather than someone I worked with."
Sheret, who joined Spencer from Timeform, said: "I'm naturally disappointed with the decision and wish Jamie all the best. I've enjoyed our four years working together. We've had the best part of 650 winners and a strike-rate of 19 per cent speaks for itself.
"I'd welcome the chance to work with other jockeys should the opportunity arise."