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Sam Clipperton won the Group 3 Aspiration Quality (1600m) with Adorabeel at Randwick on Saturday but it wasn’t the best thing to happen to the jockey that day.
John O’Shea approached Clipperton to offer him the ride aboard Sweynesse in the Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) on April 4 but warned the jockey he would need to get down to 50kg to do so.
Sweynesse is one of 137 horses nominated for the Doncaster Mile and will carry the minimum weight of 50kg if he makes the final field. Clipperton hasn’t ridden at the weight since he was an apprentice but is excited for the chance to saddle the three-year-old colt in the $3 million feature race.
“I’m confident I’ll do it. I ride 54 which is a big difference but I’m riding 52 next week and the key thing is I’ve got a month’s notice,” Clipperton told Sky Racing.
“It’s a big effort but I’ll make sure I’m fit and ready.
“It’s a great opportunity which I jumped at.”
Sweynesse has placed in seven of his eight career starts, including two Group One races. The colt won his first four consecutive starts last autumn-spring, including the Group 3 Gloaming Stakes (1800m). He then scored a minor placing in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) before running eighth in the Group 1 Cox Plate (2040m), where he was just two lengths off winner Adelaide.
Following a three month spell, the colt resumed his 2015 autumn racing carnival campaign in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) on February 21, in which he just missed out on the win to Hallowed Crown by a head.
The pair went up against each other a second time in Saturday’s Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) with Hallowed Crown emerging victorious once again, this time by three-quarters of a length.
Sweyness will next run in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas (2000m) on March 21 before dropping back to a mile for the 2015 Doncaster Mile a fortnight later, in which he’ll meet rival Hallowed Crown 2kg better in the weights.
The pair currently share the third line of betting in the Doncaster Mile futures market at Ladbrokes.com.au, paying $9 to win behind First Seal ($7.50) and World Ace ($8).
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