Clipperton’s Booming season in HK
SYDNEY jockey Sam Clipperton has added a Group winner to his successful first season in Hong Kong.
Clipperton took his tally to 39 winners with his victory on the John Moore-trained Booming Delight in Group 3 Lion Rock Trophy Handicap (1600m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.
“I’m thrilled,” Clipperton told the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
“And to do it for John Moore and on this horse, Booming Delight, too.
“He has been my favourite horse since he started racing here. I do all of his trackwork, I’ve ridden him in most of his starts.
“I got down to 116 pounds (52.5kg). It’s a relief, but it’s also thrill. That’s been the whole season, just amazing.”
Moore said Booming Delight could be an ideal candidate for the Hong Kong Mile at International meeting in December.
Meanwhile, Kaspersky remains on course for the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot where he will be ridden by Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Michelle Payne.
The six-year-old counts Italian and German Group 2 victories on his record along with third place in the Group 1 Premio Vittorio di Capua last term.
Formerly trained by Endo Botti, Kaspersky made his debut for Jane Chapple-Hyam when fifth in the Paradise Stakes at Ascot and was second under 10st (63.5kg) in a handicap at Nottingham last time out.
Payne, who created history in 2015 as the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup, is lined up to ride at the Royal meeting.
“He will go for Queen Anne now. Michelle Payne is definitely riding him and I think she is aiming to get here about June 14, then she can sit on him at home and get to know him,” Chapple-Hyam said.
“He will come on again, I am not saying he is going to be in the first four, but he will give his owners a run for their money. His long-term goal is the Emirates Stakes at Melbourne Cup Carnival.”