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Timeform Recap: Randwick – Epsom Day

Timeform Recap for the nine race Epsom Day program at Randwick on September 30 where Happy Clapper claimed what had been an elusive Group 1 victory.

Timeform Recap: Randwick – Epsom Day

Happy Clapper has become the first seven-year-old since Super Impose to win the Epsom Handicap at Randwick on Saturday.

A four time Group 1 placegetter heading into the Group 1, Happy Clapper was well fancied to win the prestigious mile event after winning the Tramway first up before a second to Winx in the George Main Stakes.

Clearly the class horse in the Epsom Handicap, he prevailed by a half length over Tom Melbourne who once again had a tendency to overrace and struck trouble in the straight.


Happy Clapper
Happy Clapper Picture:Racing and Sports

The victory provided Pat Webster with his first Group 1 success and also gave seven-year-old’s their first win in the Epsom Handicap since Super Impose in 1991.

Happy Clapper Horseform recorded those pieces of history with an Epsom victory which produced a Timeform rating of 125.

125 is the equal highest winning figure of an Epsom alongside 2016 winner Hauraki since Racing To Win claimed the 2006 renewal with a display assessed at 126.

The similarities between Happy Clapper going into this year’s Epsom Handicap compared to Hauraki Horseform were uncanny.

They each won the Tramway first up by three quarters of a length before running second in the George Main, beaten 1.3 lengths behind Winx Horseform.

The runner up Tom Melbourne was again frustrating for followers and has now finished second in each of his four career outings since arriving at the Chris Waller stable.

The son of Dylan Thomas overraced early and was held up badly in the straight.

Two other Group 1’s were conducted at Randwick on Saturday with the first of them the Flight Stakes (1600m) won by the James Cummings-trained Alizee Horseform.

Alizee
Alizee Picture:Racing and Sports

Strong in the Tea Rose Stakes a fortnight earlier, Alizee found another level at Randwick last Saturday and became the 15th filly to claim the Tea Rose Stakes – Flight Stakes double.

Alizee joins an impressive list of fillies to have claimed the double with those to have achieved the feat since the turn of the century First Seal Horseform (2014), Streama Horseform (2011), More Joyous Horseform (2009), Samantha Miss Horseform (2008), Cheeky Choice Horseform (2006), Ha Ha Horseform (2001) and Unwordly (2000).

Her display was awarded a Timeform rating of 118 which represents an above average winning figure for the event, the highest since First Seal ran to 122 when beating Winx in the 2014 renewal.

The Thousand Guineas in a fortnight’s time is next for Alizee.

Guelph Horseform in 2013 and Global Glamour Horseform two years later in 2015 each claimed that double. On what Alizee did last Saturday, she’ll do it too.

The Metropolitan was the last of the Group 1’s conducted through a bumper Epsom Day program.

It was the Lloyd Williams-raced Foundry Horseform who thrived with his lightweight giving the leviathan owner his second Metropolitan win after Seville won in 2013.

Foundry
Foundry Picture:Racing and Sports

Foundry’s success also provided Michael Dee with a maiden Group 1 victory.

The son of Galileo had performed well leading into the Metropolitan following a 12 month spell after a short two run 2016 spring prep.

Foundry has improved with each run this campaign with his Metropolitan performance returning a Timeform rating of 109.

Encouraging about this is the UK import is still performing noticeably below his peak.

Possessing a master Timeform rating of 117 yielded when fifth in the 2013 Group 1 St Leger Stakes at Doncaster, Foundry’s best Australian performance came when second in the 2014 Blamey Stakes (1600m) behind Lidari.

There is room for Foundry to produce further improvement as he continues on a Cups path still early in his campaign off what was a generous spell.

The Caulfield Cup is likely next for Foundry with the last horse to claim the Metropolitan – Caulfield Cup double Tawqeet in 2006.

Big Duke Horseform also enhanced his Cups claims by running second in the Metropolitan.

Giving Foundry 4.5kg, Big Duke was only beaten half a length and yielded a Timeform rating of 118.

In Her Time
In Her Time Picture:Racing and Sports

In Her Time Horseform turned heads first up by taking out the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m).

The daughter of Time Thief accounted for a strong field of sprinters and in the process returned a new career peak Timeform rating of 118.

It augers well for the rest of her spring campaign and while she wasn’t able to secure a start in The Everest (1200m) at Randwick next fortnight, In Her Time could take beating in the consolation event, the revamped Listed Lightning Stakes now worth $500,000.

The first two-year-old events of the season were conducted early in the program with the Breeders’ Plate and the Gimcrack Stakes each over 1000m.

The Breeders’ Plate was run over a second quicker than the Gimcrack so it is advantage the boys at this stage of the season.

Performer
Performer Picture:Racing and Sports

Performer Horseform took out the event with a performance assessed at 115, equal to the figure Capitalist Horseform ran to when winning the 2015 renewal prior to claiming the Breeders’ Plate – Golden Slipper double.

He is one of four to have claimed the double in the past decade along with Sebring Horseform (2006), Pierro Horseform (2011) and Vancouver Horseform (2014).

Satin Slipper Horseform claimed the Gimcrack Stakes and returned a Timeform rating of 104.

By Pierro out of Silver Slipper winner Satin Shoes, Satin Slipper is bred to be an early running type.

She proved this last Saturday and can certainly improve on her debut rating with further experience.

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R7 RANDWICK 30 September 2017
Epsom Hcp 3U , 1600m
Race Synopsis: Favourite Happy Clapper was a deserving winner, breaking through for his first win at Group One after four placings at that level previously. He was given a good trip by Blake Shinn, travelling well in third place on the rails behind a good tempo (first 1000m in 58.49). He moved up on turning for home, took the lead at the 300m and then kept fighting back in good style under his top weight (57kg) to score a very good win. Tom Melbourne was slow to move, was last early on before settling in ninth place on the rails. Glen Boss angled him between runners from the 300m, went to second at the 100m and battled on nicely for second, just finding the winner (who conceded him 5kg) too good. Snitzson was sixth on the rails, stuck to the inner at the home turn, went to third at the 200m and then held on to take the minor placing in a photo. Foxplay was eased from her outside barrier (10), raced in last place to the home turn. She went deep at the 300m and kept running on really well for a very good (3.1 lengths) fourth.

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Horse
Age & Sex
Trainer
Jockey
WT
SP
 
1st  
1. HAPPY CLAPPER (AUS)
7yo Gelding
PATRICK WEBSTER
BLAKE SHINN
57.0
$2.38
 
TEOFILO (IRE) - BUSKING (AUS)
M W Thomas
2nd  
9. TOM MELBOURNE (IRE)
6yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
GLEN BOSS
52.0
$8.00
 
DYLAN THOMAS (IRE) - ROSHANAK (IRE)
O T I Racing (Mgr: T Henderson), Kiwiana, A & Mrs P Goodfellow, D & Mrs D Miller, L Webb, Ms D McKeown, Ms M Webb, W Bowker, J Higgins, Bobbin Along & Uthmeyer Racing
3rd  
13. SNITZSON (AUS)
4yo H
D & B HAYES & T DABERNIG
COREY PARISH
50.5
$26.00
 
SNITZEL (AUS) - SHOCK PAK (AUS)
D M & Mrs J Taylor, G R Taylor, Miss T Moonlao, S D Crow, P D Harding, L I Sampson, G E Aitken, P T Heinz, C F Kerr, A C Lloyd & Werrett Bloodstock Pty Ltd Syndicate (Mgr: N R J Werrett)
 Apr 15, 2015 Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Scone, $60000, LINDSAY PARK RACING PTY LIMITED, SA
 
4th  2. FOXPLAY (AUS)
4yo Mare
CHRIS WALLER
HUGH BOWMAN
54.5
$8.00
5th  3. SOUND PROPOSITION (NZ)
6yo Gelding
KRIS LEES
COREY BROWN
54.0
$12.00
6th  11. COMIN' THROUGH (AUS)
4yo H
CHRIS WALLER
JOAO MOREIRA
51.0
$5.00
7th  6. MCCREERY (GB)
5yo Gelding
CHRIS WALLER
TOMMY BERRY
53.0
$26.00
8th  5. RED EXCITEMENT (AUS)
8yo Gelding
GERALD RYAN
BRENTON AVDULLA
53.5
$17.00
9th  12. SAVILE ROW (NZ)
4yo H
MICHAEL MORONEY
JAY FORD
51.0
$31.00
10th  8. ZANBAGH (AUS)
7yo Mare
JOHN P THOMPSON
DAMIAN LANE
53.0
$31.00


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