Emma Spencer's Racing Q&A

Emma Spencer Q&A

Our Racing Broadcaster Emma Spencer put it out to you guys on social media to ask her anything to do with racing and she has now responded with her answers to those specific questions.

Inside the answers she delves into topics like the Derby, her favourite trainers in the sport and why she got into racing at all.

Along with this Q&A session you can here more of Emma's thoughts on the flat season in our weekly podcasts on plenty of different sites.

Podcast Audio Link - HERE

Youtube Link - HERE


Question 1 - @DerekNicholls1 - Who do you think will be the best chance of a John Gosden Classic winner this season?

"Unusually for John he doesn’t look to have great ammunition for the Oaks or Derby this year, however a lot will change between now and the Leger but I think the latter will be his best chance of Classic glory this term."

Question 2 - @BrightonFan - Who do you have eyes on for the Derby in June?

"I like the look of the racing post trophy winner of Jim Bolger's Mac Swiney, with the trainer winning the 2000 Guineas with Poetic Flare he could be set for a big season and this three year old looks highly talented.

"At odds of 12/1 I think he has a great chance."

Question 3 - @forbisher809 - If you could breed a horse what stallion and mare would you choose and why?

"My ideal choice for my stallion would definitely be Galileo, his sire record speaks for itself across the big Classic races and some of the offsprings he has produced so far have gone on to be some of the greats in the sport.

"As for the mare, the lesser known Shastye would be my first choice."

Question 4 - James Mackie FB - What trainer and jockey combo would you recommend to follow this season?

"Andrew Balding and Oisin Murphy are a great team together and have been for a number of years, with Oisin coming up through the ranks under Balding.

Over the years they have had the pleasure of being involved with lots of good horses, and this season looks to be no different."

Question 5 - Jack Chester FB - Who’s the one sprinter to follow this season?

"Battaash... I know it’s not original but I’m really struggling to see a young star or anything that can beat him this year.

"Over the last few years he has taken his form to the next level by winning Group One races that had previously eluded him like the Nunthorpe Stakes and King's Stands Stakes.

"Even though he starts the season with a slight injury setback I still don't see any sprinter getting close to him this term."

Question 6 - John Mackie FB - What is your favourite race of the season and why?

"I love the Group One Juddmonte International at York, it is a proper 10f test, great prize money and always shows off a great field of runners.

"Over the years the winners of the race have gone on to be my favourite horses and the race has always held a special place in my heart."

Question 7 - Thomas Hatton FB - Are you still keen on Willow for the Oaks after her seasonal debut?

"Re Willow, I was disappointed by her comeback, I think she is much better than that, but for me now she won’t win the Oaks on that run and unless we see her agin before the Group One event, it looks tough for her to win the event."

Question 8 - Kyle Dickson FB - Are there any horses you are looking forward to seeing that have not yet been seen this season?

"I am looking forward to seeing Love run again, she was phenomenal last year and will only be better this season.

"I just hope we can finally see her in the Arc and she gets her ideal conditions as she could well be one of the more likely winners of the race off the back of what she did last year."

Question 9 - Jack Martorana FB - Do you prefer flat or jumps racing and why do you prefer one to the other?

"I love flat racing.

"I grew up in that world and rode on the flat for a while. The excitement of the speed and split second decisions to me makes it much more appealing.

"I am also a fan of jumps racing but between the two, flat racing is my favourite by far."

Question 10 - Thomas Edwards FB - Who is the one trainer you would send your horses to if you were an owner and why? One for the flat and one for the jumps.

"For the flat it would have to be David Menuisier.

"He’s had a great grounding with some top trainers. He’s bright and his results speak for themselves and overall he is just a very shrewd operator.

"As a jumps racing owner I would be sending my horses to Dan Skelton.

"I think it’s a matter of time before Dan is champion trainer and he’s a nice man to deal with in the sport."