Clipperton chases more success with Waterhouse at Newcastle

Fresh from group 1 glory for Gai Waterhouse, Sam Clipperton will combine with the champion trainer again at Newcastle’s Beaumont track on Thursday.

Clipperton will ride Waterhouse filly Prompt Response, which will be a long odds-on favourite in the 1200-metre two-year-old maiden. Last Saturday, Clipperton piloted English to victory for Waterhouse in the Randwick All Aged Stakes.

Prompt Response (Beneteau), pictured at Botany Bay recently. Picture: Sharon Lee Chapman

Prompt Response, which will carry just 55 kilograms, has had three starts, all in Group company. She was a half-length from the winner, Concealer, when second in a Group 3 at Flemington in November. She was beaten two lengths in the Group 2 Rosehill Magic Night Stakes last month and a head in the Group 3 Percy Sykes Stakes at Randwick on April 9.

Clipperton will ride another favourite, Nic’s Vendetta, for Lower Belford trainer Todd Howlett in the 1350m class one handicap. Nic’s Vendetta was narrowly beaten in his past two starts on the Beaumont track.

Clipperton will also be aboard Newcastle trainer Kris Lees’ only starter, Second Obsession, at the meeting. He rode the mare, which is in the 2100m benchmark 64 handicap, when she was beaten a length at Hawkesbury three weeks ago. 

“Prompt Response is obviously the best of my rides and she is so well weighted,” Clipperton said. “I thought she went massive when a close second in the group race last start, she went down fighting. This filly will race in the first two or three.

Gary Harley, Newcastle Herald