Spencer swoops late on Stake Acclaim

DEAN IVORY enjoyed a winner at the Shergar Cup Meeting for the second year running when Stake Acclaim pounced late under a typical Jamie Spencer hold up ride to win the “Dash” by a neck at Ascot today.

The plan was for the 5yo son of Acclamation to be handy but the horse was never able to lie up with the pace, so Spencer, riding for the Great Britain and Ireland team, was forced to bide his time.  Last of the main group with a furlong to go, he switched the horse to the far side and came with a late surge under the Spencer drive to collar Monsieur Cheval by a neck.

There was plenty of late money for the 97-rated sprinter and the on course gamble into 4/1 joint favouritism was duly landed.

This was another great win for the Ivory team in the Shergar Cup meeting following Kadrizzi’s win last year in the 6f Sprint under Thierry Jarnet. It was also another big Saturday win for the yard, following on the back of Lancelot Du Lac’s Stewards’ Cup victory last week.

Stake Acclaim’s win also helped the GB and Ireland team win the Shergar Cup with the trio of successful riders comprising Spencer, Fran Berry and Neil Callan, winning the team competition fromt he Rest Of The World by 86 points to 67.

Dean Ivory’s horses are running well and he is just one short of 400 career wins since the Harper Lodge Farm handler took out a licence in 2002.