Wednesday night’s (24 January) Sha Tin night meeting proved a kickstarter for jockeys Sam Clipperton and Vincent Ho, who scored their first wins for 2018 at the all-weather track meeting.
Ho took the opener, the Class 5 Spoonbill Handicap (1200m), on Francis Lui-trained Helen’s Choice, while Clipperton produced a sterling ride aboard John Size’s Prawn Baba to take the Class 3 Kestrel Handicap (1800m). Both riders found the winners’ circle for the first time since 3 December.
“Hopefully, there are more winners to come!” a smiling Ho said as he returned to scale.
Clipperton, who turned 24 on Monday (22 January), reflected on what he says has been a “testing period” in his sophomore season in Hong Kong.
“It means a lot to get this win, but everyone goes through dry spells here so it’s just about how you handle it,” Clipperton said. “I’ve just been trying to keep riding well and keep doing my job to the best of my ability. I’ve been a bit unlucky at times. I’ve had a lot of placings – the second in the Hong Kong Mile on Western Express was like a win to me – so while it’s been a dry spell, I feel like it hasn’t been a bad run.
“I do have to thank Mr Size for his support, though. Without him, I wouldn’t have had many rides at all and he’s kept giving me rides. The greatest thrill I got from this win was that it was for him.”