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Secret Gesture: runner-up in the Group 1 Preis der Diana

Secret Gesture: five-year-old is 5-1 with Paddy Power for Saturday's race

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Jetsetter Spencer hopes Gesture can make mark

USA: Jamie Spencer, who won a Group 1 in Germany on Sunday, is hoping his whistle-stop visit to Chicago on Saturday can pay off when Secret Gesture bids to become the latest British-trained winner of the Beverly D Stakes.

The Arlington Grade 1, run over 1m1½f, has been won by Newmarket raiders Euro Charline, Dank and I'm A Dreamer for the last three years and Spencer reckons the Ralph Beckett-trained five-year-old has the game to be competitive in the $700,000 event.

Secret Gesture won the Group 2 Middleton Stakes at York in May and was a creditable fourth in the Pretty Polly Stakes at the Curragh in June.

Paddy Power rate the daughter of Galileo a 5-1 chance, with Aidan O'Brien's Wedding Vow their 2-1 favourite.

Quick visit

"I fly out Saturday morning, ride Saturday evening and come home Saturday night," Spencer said on Tuesday.

"It's a short stay and I'm only there for about ten hours so don't get to see much of Chicago, but I've been a few times and it's a nice city.

"Secret Gesture has had two good runs this season. She won nicely at York and ran well in the Pretty Polly and generally that type of form is good enough to win this type of race.

"Euro Charline looks the big danger. She won it last year when I finished third on Just The Judge so they set a reasonable standard and if you can run to 115 you're very competitive."

Bill an outsider

Spencer also rides Belgian Bill in the night's feature race, the $1 million Arlington Million.

Trained by George Baker, he will be an outsider in the 1m2f highlight when he meets Godolphin's Maverick Wave.

Spencer won the Arlington Million on the O'Brien-trained Cape Blanco in 2011 and thinks a draw in stall four or five for Secret Gesture and Belgian Bill would be perfect.

"Belgian Bill's been running well and so have George Baker's horses this season," the jockey added. "On the odds he's an outside chance, but it'd be nice to pick up some money."

Irish aim for Second Step

Spencer did pick up some prize-money when Second Step, trained by Luca Cumani, won Sunday's Grosser Preis von Berlin at Hoppegarten.

Reflecting on that success, the jockey told At The Races: "It was a good race, a good renewal; the second Ito was unbeaten this season and the third Nutan is the German Derby winner so they set a good standard. They set a good pace in the race and my horse needed all of the mile and a half to win, but it worked out well in the end.

"I think Mr Cumani said after the race he planned to take him to the Irish St Leger so I presume that's his next port of call and I see no reason why he wouldn't get a mile six."

Read trainer George Baker's daily diary on Belgian Bill's mission in the Racing Post this week

 
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