Jockey joins the greats af­ter win

Kwinana Courier - - News -

Clint John­son-Porter wins at the Ap­pren­tice Jock­eys and Thor­ough­bred Rac­ing Awards.

BAL­DIVIS jockey Clint John­son-Porter was equal first in the 2018 Best All Round Ap­pren­tice award at the Ap­pren­tice Jock­eys and Thor­ough­bred Rac­ing awards across re­gional WA on Septem­ber 27.

The awards were held at a gala cer­e­mony at the Westin Perth.

John­son-Porter shared the ac­co­lade with ap­pren­tice An­drew Cas­tle.

John­son-Porter is from a rac­ing fam­ily and his fa­ther is a jockey.

He started his ap­pren­tice­ship when he was just 15 years old in July 2013. His race rid­ing ca­reer started with host Adam Dur­rant nine months later and he quickly de­vel­oped into an ac­com­plished ap­pren­tice jockey.

John­son-Porter rep­re­sented WA in the Na­tional Ap­pren­tice Jockey Chal­lenge in Vic­to­ria, rid­ing a win­ner for WA for the pow­er­ful Hayes Dabernig train­ing part­ner­ship at Sandown.

He de­vel­oped into a lead­ing ap­pren­tice jockey (Lead­ing Met­ro­pol­i­tan Ap­pren­tice 2016-7 rac­ing sea­son) and out­rode his claim in De­cem­ber 2017.

His quiet de­meanour be­lies his fierce de­ter­mi­na­tion and rid­ing abil­ity.

John­son-Porter has made the tran­si­tion to se­nior rider with con­tin­ued suc­cess.

He was un­able to at­tend the awards. An un­for­tu­nate track­work in­jury has put him on the side­lines for six months and he is hol­i­day­ing in Europe while he re­cov­ers.

Clint John­son-Porter in ac­tion, win­ning at As­cot on Mel­bourne Cup Day last year. Right: Clint John­son-Porter hold­ing the win­ning tro­phy for the AJ Sc­ahill Stakes Group 3 last year.

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