Spencer confident Blanco can shine stateside

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Updated: July 5, 2011

Jamie Spencer feels that Cape Blanco can bounce back from some below par display’s this season and capture Grade 1 glory in America this weekend as they team up to take on crack older horse Gio Ponti in the Man O War Stakes at Belmont Park this Saturday night.

Speaking to attheraces earlier today Spencer seemed in buoyant mood about been reunited with the son of Galileo and taking on Gio Ponti, who is trying for a third win in the race. “It’s an interesting race. He’s met Gio Ponti before and he beat him when they met in Dubai,” Spencer told At The Races.

“Hopefully they’ll have a dry week and we’ll get nice, fast ground out there.

“Obviously the trip will suit him, it’s a mile and three furlongs and it looks a good spot for him.

“It’s probably Gio Ponti’s ideal trip as well, but our fellow is a high-class horse and if he can find his real form I think he’ll be hard to beat.

“I haven’t spoken to Aidan (since Ascot) but he (Cape Blanco) was fine after the race and I’m looking forward to it.”

Cape Blanco and Spencer were last seen on a racecourse finishing down the field to Canford Cliffs and Goldikova in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot last month.

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