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Back-flipping Kiwi links up with O'Neill yard.

CLAYTON CHIPPERFIELD,

famous for his back-flip dismount in his native New Zealand, could soon be impressing the British crowds with his athleticism.

The 23-year-old jockey has landed a job with Jonjo O'Neill, starting at the end of September.

"I will have a three-month trial period and if we are both happy after that, we will go on from there," said Chipperfield.

"He [O'Neill] hasn't guaranteed me any rides, but if he is happy with what he sees, and I show I have a good work ethic, he has said he will do what he can."

Chipperfield had racegoers and a television audience aghast as he stood on Golden Flare's saddle and performed a back-flip

dismount following victory in a feature chase at Ellerslie in Auckland last month.

"I got straight A's in gymnastics four years in a row at school," he said.

Barry Simpson, racing manager to leading owner Sir Robert Ogden, who has horses with O'Neill, said Chipperfield would have to choose the right time to perform his dismount.

"If he rides a winner for us, especially if it's worth pounds 100,000, then he can do anything he wants!" said Simpson.

"On a serious note, there has

to be an element of safety involved and it would be interesting to see what Tony McCoy would make of it!"
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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Jul 17, 2003
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