It may surprise most but Happy Clapper is Australia’s 13th highest prizemoney earner. Picture: Brendan Esposito
It may surprise most but Happy Clapper is Australia’s 13th highest prizemoney earner. Picture: Brendan Esposito

You’d be happy clapping if counting the loot, too

ARE you aware that Australia's 13th-highest  prizemoney earner is in action on Saturday at Caulfield?

And for that matter the third-highest prizemoney earner racing in Australia behind Winx and Chautauqua.

That horse is the super consistent Sydneysider Happy Clapper, who will run in the $1 million Group 1 Memsie Stakes.

And his trainer, Pat Webster, believes the eight-year-old gelding will add to the $6,340,050 he's won in prizemoney.

If he were to win, the addition of the first prize of $600,000 would take him to No.11 on the all-time list.

On paper it looks to be a high-pressure race with free-going gallopers Jungle Edge and Vega Magic setting a cracking race.

Webster hopes so.

"He loves a high-pressure race. He's won a Doncaster and an Epsom over the tough Randwick mile,'' Webster said.

On Friday afternoon, Happy Clapper was the $5.50 third favourite behind Vega Magic, $2.60, and Kementari, $4.40, in Ladbrokes' fixed-odds betting.

Although Happy Clapper is eight, Webster said  there had been no signs he'd gone backward in his two trials and he had remained at the same level as in his last preparation.

Happy Clapper picked up a lot of money during the Sydney carnival with his wins in the Doncaster and the Canterbury Stakes, a second in the George Ryder and third in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in his four starts, pushing  him up the prizemoney list.

For the record, Happy Clapper won $2,2,76,250 last campaign.

"It's going to be tough but he always runs well," Webster said.

"There's a couple of things against him though, which are having his first start at Caulfield and also if there's rain."

Blake Shinn gets a kiss off trainer Pat Webster after last year’s Doncaster. Picture: Getty Images
Blake Shinn gets a kiss off trainer Pat Webster after last year’s Doncaster. Picture: Getty Images

"He'll also improve from tomorrow's run, but we're happy where he's at going into it as he's very bright.

"He's pretty fit, he's sound and happy. If he can recapture his form from last preparation he should be in the finish."

Webster said it was possible Happy Clapper would do all of his racing in Melbourne in the spring as he could have a weight-for-age run every two weeks in a weight-for-age race.

Webster said they weren't dodging Winx, it was just that the Melbourne program suited him better.


Happy Clapper will be ridden for the first time in his career by Mark Zahra.


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