One of Peter Snowden’s best workers at home, the real Gypsy Diamond was finally on display come race day again as she turned up late to win the JRA Plate 2015 at Randwick Racecourse in the last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival meeting.
In her first win since April last year, the four-year-old daughter of Zabeel broke a frustrating drought with her gutsy effort in a messily-run edition of the $150,000 Group 3 Japan Racing Association Plate (2000m) on All Aged Stakes Day.
“I know how much ability she has, but she just doesn’t bring her A game to the races,” Snowden said, relieved after the win.
“Thankfully things worked out today.
“It wasn’t plan A, B or C but he (Clipperton) made the most out of the race.”
A mare with bucket loads of ability but a few bad habits and the tendency not to show her best at the races, today Gypsy Diamond walked out of the gates again for jockey Sam Clipperton.
In his first year as a senior rider, Clipperton didn’t panic and luckily was able to find the rails from the wide draw and put her to sleep along the inside off the slow pace being set by Malavio who took up the front spot from the Kevin Moses-trained Signing Flame and Leebaz.
Gypsy Diamond meanwhile was travelling sweetly on the rails third last as World Wide moved up to lead and the Chris Waller-trained Our Voodoo Prince went up too, his hoop Damien Oliver not happy with the slow speed.
That caused the favourite Malice to get shuffled back as the runs started down the side of the course.
Signing Flame found the lead again and led them around the turn, Malavia under enormous pressure on the rails and Malice still well back as they came down the straight.
Tommy Berry found the front then with the Team Hawkes-trained Leebaz but Gypsy Diamond ($8) started looking a big danger coming hard and fast over the closing stages, weaving a passage to come around the heels of Leebaz who looked the winner 50 metres out.
Once she got into the clear she quickly wound up and got there to run down Leebaz ($5) and take out the JRA Plate honours right on the line, relishing the distance.
Market mover Signing Flame ($7), coming off a Warwick Farm win from the start of the month over 2200m, was also brave in defeat holding for third putting in a good performance to finish off the trifecta.
It took Gypsy Diamond a while to get back into form, but she relished the drop back in class and step up in distance for the JRA Plate on the back of a ninth to Amanpour in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) last Saturday.
“That’s my fourth winner over the autumn so I’m pumped,” Clipperton said.
“She’s been going really well, Peter Snowden’s just had to tweak her a little bit – she’s got a few bad habits.
“I tried to keep her trotting before the start but she still walked out of the gates.
“Luckily I was able to punch up onto the rails.
“She wound up through her gears nicely and hit the line strongly so it was a great result.”
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2015 Japan Racing Association Plate Results
Randwick Race 5 – 18/04/2015
|1||10||GYPSY DIAMOND||Peter & Paul Snowden||Sam Clipperton||–||10||54kg||$7.50|
|2||2||LEEBAZ (NZ)||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Tommy Berry||0.5L||2||58.5kg||$5|
|3||11||SINGING FLAME||Kevin Moses||Brenton Avdulla||2L||7||54kg||$7|
|4||5||DESTINY’S KISS||Joseph Pride||Hugh Bowman||2.4L||8||57kg||$14|
|5||1||INDEX LINKED (GB)||Chris Waller||Glen Boss||2.9L||1||59kg||$10|
|6||4||MALICE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||3.7L||5||57.5kg||$4.40F|
|7||8||COUNT OF LIMONADE (IRE)||Mick Price||Glyn Schofield||4.2L||4||55.5kg||$26|
|8||6||OUR VOODOO PRINCE (GB)||Chris Waller||Damien Oliver||5L||9||57kg||$10|
|9||9||SLOW PACE (USA)||Kris Lees||Jason Collett||5.7L||3||55.5kg||$41|
|10||12||WORLD WIDE||Bede Murray||Ms Winona Costin (a)||13L||11||54kg||$81|
|11||3||MALAVIO||Steve Englebrecht||Tye Angland||14.5L||6||57.5kg||$14|
|–||7||KOURKAM (FR)||Tony McEvoy||Kerrin McEvoy||–||0||–||–|