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Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Four things we learned from Saturday's action

Jamie Spencer: achieved his 2,000th British winner on Saturday
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Sport would be poorer without Spencer

Say what you like, and plenty have, but the British racing landscape will be a little bit blander when Jamie Spencer hangs up his saddle for good.

The Shergar Cup may be an exercise in team-riding, but Spencer realised an individual milestone at the fixture when riding his 2,000th British Flat winner.

It was a classic Spencer ride, as he waited out the back on Stake Acclaim in the Dash, before timing his challenge to perfection and winning by a neck.

The jockey's trademark hold-up style has its fans and detractors in equal measure, but he is one of the most stylish riders around and long may he continue.

Freelance Fran the man

Fran Berry's decision to remain in Britain as a freelance after his time as Ralph Beckett's stable jockey ended has paid off, and he took the opportunity to showcase his abilities in the Shergar Cup.

Winning the Alistair Haggis Silver Saddle for a second time was further proof, if needed, that Berry is one of the best around, and having taken the chance to shine in front of ITV4's cameras, he could be even more in demand for the rest of the season.

Peter Bowen: has a Cesarewitch contender?

Bowen for the Cesarewitch?

Tucked away at the end of Newmarket's card was a 2m handicap, which saw Rolling Maul extend his unbeaten Flat record to three.

Trained by Peter Bowen, the nine-year-old is a Swiss Army knife horse - he has won bumpers, hurdles races and even a chase - and has been having a great time on the Flat this summer.

He was able to give Addicted To You 2lb and six years when battling bravely to win by a head, and an extra two furlongs on autumn ground would look to be ideal conditions. Bowen may need to become acquainted with the Rowley Mile in October.

The best bet in racing

Since the turn of the century three-year-olds have won Haydock's Rose of Lancaster Stakes ten times.

Mark Johnston is responsible for three of those winners, with Frankuus becoming the most recent one on Saturday. 

A son of Frankel, the colt was given one of Joe Fanning's perfectly judged rides from the front to make all and defeat Mount Logan. 

In 12 months time, when assessing the card for the race, concentrate on the Classic generation, especially any trained by Johnston.

The nine-year-old is a Swiss Army knife horse
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