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Cumani Spat With Mount Athos Jockey Goes Viral

Friday, 20th September 2013

Following what leading UK trainer Luca Cumani described as "two very bad rides" by Jamie Spencer on his Melbourne Cup entrant Mount Athos at Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood this year, the fall-out has escalated with Spencer taking to Twitter to air his response, reports theguardian.com. Spencer tweeted, "The only picture that I can find to answer today's news!! #spaghetti", next to an image "of a grown man in a pram, surrounded by broken toys." Fifth in the 2012 Melbourne Cup, Mount Athos debuted this season under Spencer with a win in the Ormonde Stakes at Chester before a sub-par fifth in the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot and an equally ignominious eighth in the Goodwood Cup. Richard Hughes replaced Spencer at his next run in March's Goodwood Stakes when narrowly beaten. Cumani was unequivocal when responding to questions on Thursday on RSN Racing & Sport radio regarding Mount Athos' "disappointing" or "below par" efforts at Royal Ascot and in the Goodwood Cup, noting, "I'm afraid it's on record that he was given two very bad rides and that wasn't the plan to ride him like that. So I insisted on a change of jockey [for the March Stakes] and we got the result we expected."

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