Clipperton to miss Maximal ride in Golden Eagle

Sam Clipperton has been ruled out of riding in Saturday’s Golden Eagle, meaning Alysha Collett will ride third favourite Maximal in the $7.5 million race.

Clipperton had his jaw broken when kicked by a horse at his Hunter Valley property on Monday, and had surgery on Tuesday. He decided it was too much of a risk to ride four days later.

Alysha Collett will ride Maximal in Saturday’s Golden Eagle.Credit:Jenny Evans

The booking of Collett has a knock-on effect with Peter and Paul Snowden looking for a rider for Exoboom, while Amish Boy is yet to have a jockey declared.

Collett has ridden successfully this spring and went close to winning her first Australian group 1 on Aramayo in the Epsom earlier in the carnival.

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