Clipperton gets The Everest ride on Santa Ana Lane

Sam Clipperton has been rewarded with his first ride in the $15 million The Everest with the talented hoop booked to pilot Santa Ana Lane in the lucrative feature.

Clipperton was confirmed as the rider for the Anthony and Sam Freedman trained sprinter on Monday afternoon with the The Everest less than two weeks away at Randwick on October 17.

It’s a well earned assignment for Clipperton, who has been chasing a big race victory, going desperately close in a number of features in the past 12 months.

Coolmore snapped up Santa Ana Lane for their The Everest slot last week and the sprinter is rated a $21 chance with TAB.com.au for the sprint.

Santa Ana Lane is set to contest his third The Everest after finishing sixth at his first attempt and runner up to Yes Yes Yes in the 1200m scamper twelve months ago.

Santa Ana Lane had a tune up for The Everest on Saturday at Flemington when the son of Lope De Vega finished sixth in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) behind Zoutori.

Santa Ana Lane will contest The Everest this month. Picture: Michael Klein.Source:News Corp Australia

Ten slots have been filled for The Everest with James Harron and Chris Waller the only contenders yet to lock in a runner for the great race.

It is expected the Anthony Cummings-trained Libertini will be locked in in the coming days following her smashing victory in the Group 2 Premiere Stakes on Saturday at Randwick.

Libertini unleashed a sensational sprint first-up from a spell when beating The Everest contenders Classique Legend and Nature Strip over 1200m last weekend.

Classique Legend shares the top line of betting with the TAB at $5 with Gytrash with Nature Strip now $7 to win the race he finished fourth in last year.

Meanwhile Clipperton has also been booked to ride the Kurt Goldman-trained Intuition in the $1.3 million The Kosciuszko.

Intuition is rated a $21 chance for the country feature which will be staged on the same day as The Everest in Sydney.

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