Moore to miss Sa summer cup

replaced: Ryan Moore. © Unknown.
replaced: Ryan Moore. © Unknown.

Reigning UK champion Jamie Spencer will replace Ryan Moore in the international team to ride against South Africa in the International Jockeys' Challenge at the Steinhoff International Summer Cup race meeting at Turffontein on Saturday November 29.

Reigning UK champion Jamie Spencer will replace Ryan Moore in the international team to ride against South Africa in the International Jockeys' Challenge at the Steinhoff International Summer Cup race meeting at Turffontein on Saturday November 29.

Moore has been forced to withdraw from the international team because of a riding engagement in the Japan Cup on the same day.

Spencer is one of the biggest names in UK racing. He was only 17 when he landed his first classic success, partnering Tarascon to victory in the 1998 Irish 1000 Guineas.

He went on to win the Irish Apprentices' Championship the following year and has since won the British Jockeys' Championship twice, booting home 180 winners to claim the title in 2005 and then deadheating with Seb Saunders in an amazing finish to the race for the title last year.

The 28-year-old's major international successes include capturing the R55million Dubai Duty Free on Dubai World Cup night in 2006.

The other international riders are Frankie Dettori, Mick Kinane, Damien Oliver and Christophe Soumillon.

It's one of the strongest international teams of riders yet assembled and they will clash with South Africa in four Challenge races on Summer Cup day.

Reigning South African champion jockey Mark Khan will captain the South African side. The other South African riders are Anton Marcus, Weichong Marwing, Karl Neisius, Kevin Shea and Piere Strydom.

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