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Tuesday Morning Inspection For Happy Clapper

Trainer Pat Webster will make the call on a Queen Elizabeth Stakes start for Doncaster Mile winner Happy Clapper after the gelding is inspected by his stable vet on Tuesday morning.

Tuesday Morning Inspection For Happy Clapper

Trainer Pat Webster will make the call on a Queen Elizabeth Stakes start for Doncaster Mile winner Happy Clapper after the gelding is inspected by his stable vet on Tuesday mornin

Happy Clapper.
Happy Clapper. Picture:Steve Hart

Webster said the intention is to back up the 7YO from his Doncaster win with Kerrin McEvoy booked to replace Blake Shinn as Happy Clapper’s rider for his eighth clash with his long-time nemesis WInx.

Shinn made an early commitment to ride Humidor for Victorian trainer Darren Weir in the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m).


Webster said Happy Clapper Horseform had done well in the 24 hours after the Doncaster.

"He was good. We are happy with him," Webster said.

"We'll get the vet to trot him up on Tuesday morning and if he's happy with him he'll run on Saturday.

“If there are any little doubts we'll just turf him straight out and wait for another preparation.”

Webster believes Happy Clapper is in the best form of his career and will never have a better chance to end the remarkable winning streak of Winx on Saturday after he carried 57kg to a win the Doncaster in record time.

Winx Horseform is lining up for her 25th successive win and 18th in a G1 race on Saturday but Happy Clapper is steadily closing the gap on the mare and is at his best on his home track at Randwick where he has won seven times.

While Winx has beaten Happy Clapper in seven races Webster’s gelding closed the margin to less than a length when they last met in the George Ryder Stakes over 1500m at Rosehill on March 24, the closest he has finished to the mare in a race.

Happy Clapper was also placed behind Winx in the 2017 George Main Stakes (1.3 lengths) and 2016 Doncaster (2 lengths) but was beaten more almost eight lengths by the mare when fifth in last year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Humidor Horseform is also renewing his rivalry with Winx in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

He came the closest of any horse to ending her winning streak in the WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley last October when he was beaten a half length with Shinn aboard. Happy Clapper finished sixth, beaten 6.5 lengths.

Humidor is also backing up from last Saturday’s Doncaster where he closed off the race well under the topweight of 58kg to finish eighth.

Japanese import Ambitious Horseform is set to be a new challenger to Winx’s crown on Saturday.

The six-year-old son of Deep Impact showed good improvement at his second start in Australia for trainer Anthony Freedman when he finished second to Almandin in the HE Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill on March 24.

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