Spencer struggles in Japan

The World All-Star Jockeys' challenge at Sapporo in Japan proved to be a frustrating weekend for Jamie Spencer.

Jamie Spencer endured a frustrating weekend in Japan

The Irishman failed to finish better than eighth in his four rides over the two weekend contest and he was forced to pull up one of Sunday's mounts when his mount lost his action.

Spencer's experience was in stark contrast to that enjoyed by Joao Moreira who left the track having equalled Yutake Take's record for consecutive winners at a Japan Racing Association meeting.

The Brazilian, who is known as the Magic Man in Hong Kong where he is based, had ridden the last winner on Saturday and then reeled off six successes on the spin on Sunday before having to settle for second and third on his final two rides.

That performance was not enough to see him retain thetitle – which went the way of Mirco Demuro – with only selected races on the card contributing to the jockey's tally.

The Italian, who was riding for the victorious JRA Team, said: "I am really happy to have won the overall title and contribute to securing Team JRA's victory.

"Personally, I especially enjoyed competing with my brother Cristian [on the Rest Of The World team].

"I didn't do well in the series last year but I am really happy to have had the luck of riding some really nice horses and put in some good performances this year."

Runner-up Take added: "I am left with mixed feelings to not have been able to notch a single win during the series and succumbing to second place for the second year running.

"I still had high hopes today for the title but Mirco just had to spoil the day for me.

"But sincere congratulations to him and it was a thrill to compete against the best in front of such a big crowd who came to see us race. I hope to continue to make an effort so that I can participate in the series again next year."

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