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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 July 2006, 16:29 GMT 17:29 UK
Spencer handed lengthy suspension
Jamie Spencer
Spencer trails Ryan Moore in the race for the champion jockey title
Jamie Spencer's hopes of defending his champion jockey title have taken a massive blow after he was hit by a 16-day suspension.

Spencer has been served with the ban - three days of which are deferred - under the Horseracing Regulatory Authority's totting up procedure.

He was found guilty of careless riding on Garafena at Newmarket last week.

Spencer will now miss next week's King George meeting at Ascot as well as Glorious Goodwood.

He is banned from 28 July to 9 August inclusive with the three other days deferred until October.

The matter was referred to the HRA following an adjourned inquiry at Newmarket on Thursday because Spencer, who trails Ryan Moore in the 2006 standings, had been suspended from riding for 20 days for interference within the previous 12 months.

He was handed an automatic 14-day ban plus an extra two days for the Garafena offence.

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