Horse Racing

Bjorn Baker confident Spencer can produce a career peak performance

Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker is optimistic his consistent performer Spencer gets his chance to record a maiden black-type win in the rescheduled $150,000 Listed Lander Toyota Ladies Day Cup (1400m) at Hawkesbury on Wednesday.

The quality handicap was set for decision last Thursday before continual heavy rain throughout the morning resulted in the meeting being abandoned but the feature race was added to the upcoming meeting at the same venue.

Baker believes a firmer surface expected on Wednesday enhances Spencer’s prospects.

“He’s a horse that does get through most types of ground but I believe he’s much more effective on a firmer track,” he said.

“Good (4) and soft (5) tracks are perfect for him so the surface won’t be an excuse.”

Spencer is something of a “go to” horse for the Baker yard.

The six-year-old son of Pierro is one of the more durable horses in training and his upcoming mission will be his 15th start in the past 12 months.

During that period Spencer has proved a great money spinner for connections earning more than $176,000 with his last win way back in December last year.

“He doesn’t win all that often but he’s rarely far away,” Baker said.

“Because of his rating he’s a bit of a tricky horse to place and he’s probably at his level now but he gives you everything every time we saddle him up.

“You can’t ask for much more than that.”

On Wednesday, bookmakers rate Spencer an $11 chance with the race favourite being the Jarrod Austin-trained Looks Like Elvis at $5.

Last season’s champion Sydney apprentice, now a member of the senior riding ranks Robbie Dolan takes the ride aboard Spencer on the limit with 54kg.

“I think he’s got a good each-way chance on Wednesday,” Baker said.

“He’s drawn favourably and he did run very well when third in the Rowley Mile here back in August.

“I thought his run behind Cuba and Criaderas was good off a break on the wet track and he’s come on from that effort.

“Everything points to him running well here.”

Baker said a solid showing could see Spencer book himself a place in the $1 million The Gong (1600m) at Kembla on November 21.

Originally published asSpencer set to give Ladies Day Cup a shake

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