Happy Clapper Heads 2016 Doncaster Mile First Acceptances

Patrick Webster’s smart five-year-old Happy Clapper sits number one on the 2016 Doncaster Mile ballot after 75 first acceptances were taken by Racing NSW for the April 2 classic on Tuesday.

Happy Clapper

Happy Clapper sits number one on the 2016 Doncaster Mile ballot after first acceptances closed this week. Photo: Steve Hart.

One of four elite level features on Day 1 of Sydney’s ‘The Championships’ at Randwick Racecourse this autumn, the $3 million Group 1 The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) originally attracted 163 nominations.

That figure was cut to 75 at first declaration stage this week, down from 80 this time last Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival.

Leading the Doncaster Mile order of entry is Group 2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) winner at the track and distance from December, Teofilo five-year-old Happy Clapper.

The galloper returned with a fast-finishing fourth to Holler in last Saturday’s Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m), the ideal Doncaster Mile trial ahead of his step back up to the 1600m.

Happy Clapper currently pays around $11 in futures Doncaster Mile betting at bookmakers around the country and is allocated a lightweight of just 50.5kg.

Second on the ballot and one of the early favourites in the all-in Doncaster Mile odds is Chris Waller’s champion mare Winx, who could instead target the $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) over 400m further the following Saturday, April 9.

The bookies are keeping the Cox Plate winner safe in the Doncaster markets however after Winx, allocated 56.5kg, won the Group 1 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) on February 27 at Randwick as the odds-on favourite.

Chris Waller has dominated the Doncaster Mile results in recent years preparing five winners since 2008 including the past three on the trot with dual champ Sacred Falls (2013-14) and Kermadec (2015) 12 months ago.

His best hope this year of making it four straight is early $5 – $5.50 favourite Press Statement.

Getting in on 54kg, the Hinchinbrook colt is looking to go back-to-back for the three-year-olds.

Winner of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in the spring, his second Group 1 success over the mile, Press Statement kicked off his campaign with a smart win in the Group 2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m).

Things came undone last weekend however when he went down a neck as the beaten odds-on favourite in a boilover, beaten home by Le Romain in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) from a wide barrier 12 of 13 draw.

The other best fancied Doncaster Mile first acceptor is First Seal (53kg) for John Thompson, the four-year-old daughter of Fastnet Rock coming off two good runs this time in.

Winner of the 2014 Flight Stakes where she beat home Winx at the Randwick mile, First Seal also won the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) first-up this prep before her brave second in the Canterbury Stakes.

Along with Press Statement and Winx, Waller meanwhile still has another 15 runners still in the Doncaster Mile mix.

Included in his charge is the reigning champion Kermadec out to successfully defend his title and emulate Sacred Falls.

Some of Waller’s other hopes include Chipping Norton fourth placegetter Preferment and three-year-old Redoute’s Choice colt Counterattack.

Also high up the Doncaster Mile ballot currently include Murray Baker’s last start Futurity Stakes winner in Melbourne Turn Me Loose who is equal third with Kermadec and the Gerald Ryan-trained mare Suavito (5th) who runs in this weekend’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington.

See below for the full Doncaster Mile 2016 first declarations, ballot and weights with final acceptances closing on Tuesday March 29.

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2016 Doncaster Mile First Acceptances

Randwick Racecourse – 02/04/2016

# Form (Last 10) Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp. Rating
1 11x5x111x4 HAPPY CLAPPER G 5 Patrick Webster 1 50.5kg 100
2 211x111x11 WINX M 4 Chris Waller 2 56.5kg 116
3 31x52140x3 KERMADEC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 3= 57kg 113
4 1x62111x41 TURN ME LOOSE (NZ) H 4 Murray Baker 3= 57kg 113
5 311x117x13 SUAVITO (NZ) M 5 Nigel Blackiston 5 54.5kg 112
6 8x011907x4 PREFERMENT (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 6 56kg 111
7 12132314×7 STORM THE STARS (USA) H 4 Chris Waller 7= 55.5kg 110
8 76x648915x LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ) M 5 Kris Lees 7= 53.5kg 110
9 x620027x06 RISING ROMANCE (NZ) M 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 7= 53.5kg 110
10 x111x0x438 HUCKLEBUCK G 5 Phillip Stokes 10= 55kg 109
11 x731310x72 STRATUM STAR H 4 Darren Weir 10= 55kg 109
12 2x21226x12 FIRST SEAL M 4 John P Thompson 10= 53kg 109
13 00x1112x27 POLITENESS M 5 Robert Smerdon 10= 53kg 109
14 x6x6x20x01 BOW CREEK (IRE) H 5 John O’Shea 14= 54.5kg 108
15 11x2511x12 PRESS STATEMENT C 3 Chris Waller 14= 54kg 108
16 0x11005x19 AMICUS M 4 Chris Waller 16 52kg 107
17 20x281x221 SOLICIT M 5 Gerald Ryan 17 51.5kg 106
18 11x572217x EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (GB) H 6 Gai Waterhouse 18= 53kg 105
19 167×702117 TINTO M 5 Rex Lipp 18= 51kg 105
20 30x484256x BEATEN UP (GB) G 8 Chris Waller 20= 52.5kg 104
21 60x2357x09 ENTIRELY PLATINUM (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 20= 52.5kg 104
22 19x87x23x6 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 5 John O’Shea 20= 52.5kg 104
23 0x09936x56 LEEBAZ (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 20= 52.5kg 104
24 3x70590x61 VOLKSTOK’N’BARRELL (NZ) G 4 Donna Logan & Chris Gibbs 20= 52.5kg 104
25 314181458x ADDICTIVE HABIT (NZ) G 6 Lee Somervell 25= 52kg 103
26 14x24269x6 ECUADOR (NZ) G 6 Gai Waterhouse 25= 52kg 103
27 7x123121x3 GOOD PROJECT H 4 Chris Waller 25= 52kg 103
28 x10042x5x8 KOOL KOMPANY (IRE) H 4 Chris Waller 25= 52kg 103
29 429x00740x MORIARTY (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 25= 52kg 103
30 27x57523x2 ROCK STURDY H 5 Joseph Pride 25= 52kg 103
31 1x4480x82x STRAWBERRY BOY G 7 Chris Waller 25= 52kg 103
32 2x249000x9 WEARY (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 25= 52kg 103
33 31111541×9 CHARMED HARMONY G 6 John Sadler 33= 51.5kg 102
34 075x00035x HAWKSPUR G 6 Chris Waller 33= 51.5kg 102
35 x11616x534 STAY WITH ME F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 33= 49kg 102
36 x400x0x657 RIVER LAD G 8 Kris Lees 36 51kg 107
37 x000820x03 PUCCINI (NZ) H 5 Darren Weir 37= 50.5kg 100
38 154x11947x SADLER’S LAKE G 4 Chris Waller 37= 50.5kg 100
39 0x12123x21 AZKADELLIA (NZ) M 4 Ciaron Maher 37= 50kg 100
40 2462111×06 VANBRUGH C 3 Chris Waller 37= 50kg 100
41 565x890x01 BULL POINT H 5 David Vandyke 41= 50kg 99
42 11×6013863 CENTRE PIVOT G 5 Peter Robl 41= 50kg 99
43 0x3320099x RUDY G 5 Helen Page 41= 50kg 99
44 0x5797x60x AOMEN (IRE) G 8 Anthony Cummings 44= 50kg 98
45 0111x76x01 RED BOMBER G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 44= 50kg 98
46 411x00000x MAGICOOL G 4 Chris Waller 46 50kg 97
47 8x52415x20 HE OR SHE G 5 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 47= 50kg 96
48 x63425823x SHOREHAM G 6 Gerald Ryan 47= 50kg 96
49 11x111x45x GOLDSTREAM (ITY) H 4 Kris Lees 49= 50kg 95
50 41x25444x3 PASADENA GIRL (NZ) F 3 Peter G Moody 49= 49kg 95
51 71x4740x66 SLIGHTLY SWEET M 4 Jason Coyle 51= 50kg 93
52 2x15460x44 VERGARA M 5 Anthony Cummings 51= 50kg 93
53 0549x149x2 ZANBAGH M 5 John P Thompson 51= 50kg 93
54 447x1513x3 COUNTERATTACK C 3 Chris Waller 54= 49kg 92
55 2x61211x13 RISQUE (NZ) F 3 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 54= 49kg 92
56 1x1657x3x1 COSMIC CUBE (NZ) G 5 David Vandyke 56= 50kg 90
57 015×121146 MABEEL (NZ) G 5 Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young 56= 50kg 90
58 971x389x84 YESTERDAY’S SONGS G 5 Michael Moroney 56= 50kg 90
59 1214×64 PEARLS F 3 John O’Shea 59 49kg 89
60 3x217113x BADAWIYA F 3 Mick Price 60 49kg 88
61 32x14111x4 ARTISTRY M 4 Peter & Paul Snowden 61 50kg 84
62 x3549x5x25 SPY DECODER (NZ) G 5 Anthony Cummings 62 50kg 83
63 0130×22311 HEAVENS ABOVE M 4 Tim Martin 63= 50kg 82
64 1122x267x SARDAAJ (NZ) M 4 David Hayes & Tom Dabernig 63= 50kg 82
65 172029×408 SHARDS C 3 John O’Shea 63= 49kg 82
66 12205×110 TIVACI C 3 Michael Moroney 63= 49kg 82
67 312×1221 LE ROMAIN G 3 Kris Lees 67= 49kg 80
68 211×721 PALENTINO C 3 Darren Weir 67= 49kg 80
69 349x9700x7 SUPARA M 4 Gai Waterhouse 69 50kg 79
70 x416211x88 TORGERSEN (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 70 49kg 77
71 13×41184 RIVER WILD C 3 Gai Waterhouse 71 49kg 76
72 7x6131x70 HURSLEY (NZ) C 3 Chris Waller 72 49kg 73
73 x69358x823 GOLD AMBITION (NZ) G 3 Bjorn Baker 73 49kg 71
74 114×1 SANTA ANA LANE G 3 Lee & Anthony Freedman 74 49kg 67
75 541660×3 FINALLY FREE (NZ) H 5 Mark Sues 75 50kg 60

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