Clip­per­ton’s Boom­ing sea­son in HK

The Sportsman Midweek - - News -

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.”

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