Happy Clapper delights Epsom fans

HappyClapperdelightsEpsomfans

September30,20175:25pm。

byAAP

HappyClapperhaswontheGroupOneEpsomHandicapfortrainerPatWebsterandjockeyBlakeShinn。

IftherehasbeenamorepopularGroupOnewinneratRandwickthanHappyClapperinrecenttimes,noonecanrememberit。

Theseven-year-oldcametotheforeinSaturdaysEpsomHandicap(1600m)toclaimadeservedfirstwinatthehighestlevelforhistrainerPatWebsterwhohasbeenastalwartforracinginmorewaysthanone。

AformerjockeyandaRandwicktrainerinacareerthatspansfivedecades,WebsteralsoworksbehindthescenesforRacingNSWasamentorandcounseltojockeys。

Itisthatrolethatendearshimtoall,particularlywinningriderBlakeShinnwhoacknowledgedWebstersroleafterhesteeredthe$2。

40favouritetoahalf-lengthwinoverTomMelbourne($8)。

Imjustsohappyforeveryoneinvolved,Shinnsaid。

ItsPatsfirstGroupOnewinanditobviouslymeansalot,notonlytothembutformeaswelltodoitforthem。

BeforeSaturday,HappyClapperhadthreeGroupOneplacings,twoofthembehindWinx,includingtheGeorgeMainStakesearlierinSeptember。

AlthoughithastakentimeforhimtogethisGroupOne,HappyClapperhasrepaidconnectionswith$3millionprizemoney。

Heisagreathorse,Webstersaid。

Hedeservedit。

Itsmybiggestmomentinracing。

Wevehad16GroupwinnersbutthisisourfirstGroupOneandprobablythelast。

IdontthinkIllhavemanymorerunnersaftertheClapper。

HappyClapperisracedbyMichaelThomas,whohasbeenalong-timesupporterofthestable,whichnownumbersunder10inwork。

Itsfantastic,Thomassaid。

Hedeservesthis。

WebstersaidtheadditionofblinkershadhelpedHappyClapperthispreparation。

Theblinkershavemadethedifference,hesaid。

IdidthinkBlakemighthavebeenabitcloseandthentheotherhorsefoughtback。

ButthenIsawitwasTomMelbourneandIwasntworried。

Seriously,though,condolencestotheconnectionsofthesecondhorse。

TheenigmaticTomMelbournewasrecentlytransferredfromtheFreedmanstableinMelbournetoChrisWaller,whobroughtGlenBossfromSingaporetorideintheEpsom。

BosswonthreeracesonTomMelbourneincludingtheAlburyCupinMarch2016,hislastvictory。

SincebeingwithWaller,TomMelbournehasracedfourtimesforfourseconds。

ChrisWallerhasgothimflying,Bosssaid。

AGroupOnewinwillcomeveryshortly。