2018 Epsom Handicap: Happy Clapper out, New Tipperary gets 1kg penalty

September 18, 2018

2018 Epsom Handicap: Happy Clapper out, New Tipperary gets 1kg penalty

Top weight for the 2018 Epsom Handicap Happy Clapper is out for the Spring Carnival following his unplaced run in the Group 1 $750,000 PFD Food Services Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington last Saturday.

D'Argento, above, is the early favourite for the 2018 Epsom Handicap at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

D’Argento, above, is the early favourite for the 2018 Epsom Handicap at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Happy Clapper was on target to score back to back wins in the Group 1 $1m Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on September 29 but will now be off the scene for three months after bleeding from both nostrils when finishing a brave fifth behind Grunt.

The Pat Webster trained Happy Clapper has become the King of the Randwick Mile and as well as winning last year’s Epsom Handicap, scored a two lengths victory in the Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick during the 2018 Sydney Autumn Carnival.

Webster will monitor Happy Clapper’s recovery and if he feels the eight year old has returned to his best, he will be set for a 2019 Autumn Carnival campaign.

“He will now have a good spell, which he deserves, and I do think he will come back for the autumn,” Webster told Racenet.

“But in saying that the owner is a great person in the fact that the horse always comes first.

“If there is one inkling of any issues or if he gives us any indication he has lost his zest for racing then he will be retired.”

The Joe Pride trained New Tipperary will now carry 51kg in the Epsom Handicap after being penalise 1kg for his win in the Group 3 $160,000 Australian Bloodstock Cameron Handicap (1500m) at Newcastle on September 14.

“I’m pretty confident he gets a run in the Epsom off the back of that. It’s not his favourite track, Randwick but I’ll have at look at it and see if it’s the appropriate race and timing after this run,” Pride said.

The Chris Waller trained D’Argento, with 53.5kg, is the $4.50 favourite with Ladbrokes.com.au for the Epsom Handicap just ahead of his stablemate Unforgotten (52.5kg) at $5.50, Pierata (54kg) at $8 and Kementari (55.5kg) at $10 while New Tipperary is one of the outsiders at $31.

Early betting for the 2018 Epsom Handicap at Ladbrokes.com.au: $4.50 D’Argento, $5.50 Unforgotten, $8 Pierata, $10 Kementari, $12 Comin’ Through, Lanciato, Le Romain, $14 Egg Tart, $16 Best Of Days, I Am Serious, Siege Of Quebec, $21 Humidor, Invictus Prince, Kaonic, $26 Arbeitsam, Champagne Cuddles, Dixie Blossoms, Invincibella, It’s Somewhat, Muraaqeb, Paret, Tom Melbourne, Widgee Turf, $31 New Tipperary, Prized Icon, $34 or better the rest.

Weights for 2018 Epsom Handicap (1600m)

# Last 10 Horse Sex Age Trainer Ballot Weight True Weight Hcp Rating
1 x312561x16 COMIN’ THROUGH G 5 Chris Waller 1 56.5kg 56.5kg 112
2 62x1213x75 HAPPY CLAPPER G 8 Patrick Webster 2 59.5kg 59.5kg 118
3 0x4184x817 HUMIDOR (NZ) G 6 Darren Weir 3 59kg 59kg 117
4 x74232x172 LE ROMAIN G 6 Kris Lees 4 58kg 58kg 115
5 90x1304x24 HARTNELL (GB) G 8 James Cummings 5 57kg 57kg 113
6 335x695x75 IT’S SOMEWHAT (USA) G 8 James Cummings 6 56.5kg 56.5kg 112
7 11130×2424 KEMENTARI H 4 James Cummings 7 55.5kg 55.5kg 110
8 63x27314x0 MR MOONLIGHT MAGIC (GB) H 6 James Cummings 8= 55kg 55kg 109
9 361x8899x0 SENSE OF OCCASION G 8 Kris Lees 8= 55kg 55kg 109
10 x076x462x4 SHILLELAGH (NZ) M 7 Chris Waller 8= 53kg 53kg 109
11 143x1636x3 DIXIE BLOSSOMS M 6 Ron Quinton 11= 52.5kg 52.5kg 108
12 x400521x53 EGG TART M 5 Chris Waller 11= 52.5kg 52.5kg 108
13 20x22525x0 SINGLE GAZE M 6 Chris Waller 11= 52.5kg 52.5kg 108
14 11x0121x61 UNFORGOTTEN M 4 Chris Waller 11= 52.5kg 52.5kg 108
15 x121122x12 PIERATA H 4 Gregory Hickman 15= 54kg 54kg 107
16 5x384850x6 FOXPLAY M 5 Chris Waller 15= 52kg 52kg 107
17 41x43215x1 INVINCIBELLA M 5 Chris Waller 15= 52kg 52kg 107
18 1x13714x32 D’ARGENTO H 4 Chris Waller 18= 53.5kg 53.5kg 106
19 3x1111x581 GRUNT (NZ) H 4 Mick Price 18= 53.5kg 53.5kg 106
20 00x1x0x853 MUSIC MAGNATE (NZ) G 7 Bjorn Baker 18= 53.5kg 53.5kg 106
21 x577421x04 DUCA VALENTINOIS (IRE) G 7 James Cummings 21= 53kg 53kg 105
22 222x1330x3 CHAMPAGNE CUDDLES M 4 Bjorn Baker 21= 51kg 51kg 105
23 22x9131x40 SEDANZER M 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 21= 51kg 51kg 105
24 4205138×46 ARBEITSAM G 5 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 24= 52.5kg 52.5kg 104
25 741x780x00 MIGHTY BOSS H 4 Mick Price 24= 52.5kg 52.5kg 104
26 5×23095611 MISTER SEA WOLF (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 24= 52.5kg 52.5kg 104
27 242630×355 PRIZED ICON H 5 Kris Lees 24= 52.5kg 52.5kg 104
28 1x22x04766 RELIGIFY G 8 Chris Waller 24= 52.5kg 52.5kg 104
29 1131271232 WIDGEE TURF G 5 Patrick Payne 24= 52.5kg 52.5kg 104
30 1x3326x111 AVILIUS (GB) G 5 James Cummings 30= 52kg 52kg 103
31 1x31117x48 LANCIATO (NZ) G 6 Mark Newnham 30= 52kg 52kg 103
32 4270x0172x SOVEREIGN NATION G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 30= 52kg 52kg 103
33 0x446x5x15 LA BELLA DIOSA (NZ) M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 30= 50kg 50kg 103
34 x533x98x06 DANON LIBERTY (JPN) H 7 Darren Weir 34= 51.5kg 51.5kg 102
35 20x93116x5 LIFE LESS ORDINARY (IRE) G 7 Chris Waller 34= 51.5kg 51.5kg 102
36 0x25828x26 TOM MELBOURNE (IRE) G 8 Chris Waller 34= 51.5kg 51.5kg 102
37 3613975×50 I AM COLDPLAY (NZ) M 6 Chris Waller 34= 50kg 50kg 102
38 111329×102 DOLLAR FOR DOLLAR G 6 Tony McEvoy 38= 51kg 51kg 101
39 821x0918x4 FASTNET TEMPEST (IRE) G 6 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 38= 51kg 51kg 101
40 722x240x92 RED EXCITEMENT G 9 Gerald Ryan 38= 51kg 51kg 101
41 x38x947x00 SATONO RASEN (JPN) H 7 Chris Waller 38= 51kg 51kg 101
42 1112x412x2 NOIRE M 5 Chris Waller 38= 50kg 50kg 101
43 4x31591x3 SEABROOK (NZ) F 3 Mick Price 38= 48kg 48kg 101
44 1x11820x50 CABEZA DE VACA G 7 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 44= 50kg 50kg 99
45 x3620x4025 INVICTUS PRINCE (GB) G 6 Matthew Smith 44= 50kg 50kg 99
46 412141×213 NIGHT’S WATCH (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 44= 50kg 50kg 99
47 x6537513x5 KINGSGUARD (NZ) G 6 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 47= 50kg 50kg 98
48 2x1295x271 SIEGE OF QUEBEC H 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 47= 50kg 50kg 98
49 1x7121x223 I AM SERIOUS M 5 Chris Waller 49= 50kg 50kg 97
50 5658221006 JACQUINOT BAY G 11 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 49= 50kg 50kg 97
51 111x31x310 PLEIN CIEL (GER) G 6 Darren Weir 49= 50kg 50kg 97
52 025x2347x8 RADIPOLE (IRE) G 6 Michael Moroney 49= 50kg 50kg 97
53 20x2220x89 SAMOVARE M 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 49= 50kg 50kg 97
54 39×7005378 TESTASHADOW G 7 Gary Portelli 49= 50kg 50kg 97
55 x020540258 RHYTHM TO SPARE (NZ) G 9 Michael Moroney 55= 50kg 50kg 96
56 x77326x976 SEABURGE H 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 55= 50kg 50kg 96
57 26x2811x37 SAMBRO G 4 Chris Waller 57= 50kg 50kg 95
58 31124×0978 SHOW A STAR G 7 Bjorn Baker 57= 50kg 50kg 95
59 74340×0000 EMBLEY G 7 Bjorn Baker 59= 50kg 50kg 94
60 39x15233x6 HOLY SNOW H 4 Mick Price 59= 50kg 50kg 94
61 39x85306x9 PETROLOGY G 7 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59= 50kg 50kg 94
62 13173x5x60 POETIC DREAM (IRE) G 5 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 59= 50kg 50kg 94
63 2x8x150x60 SEVENTH UP (NZ) G 8 Shelley Hale 59= 50kg 50kg 94
64 413224513x TORGERSEN (NZ) G 6 Chris Waller 59= 50kg 50kg 94
65 525x546x51 NEW TIPPERARY G 6 Joseph Pride 65= 51kg (1kg Pen) 50kg 93
66 2217x11x12 SAVATIANO M 4 James Cummings 65= 50kg 50kg 93
67 11450×5528 SIR PLUSH (NZ) G 6 Bjorn Baker 65= 50kg 50kg 93
68 x03438x713 BEST OF DAYS (GB) H 5 James Cummings 68 50kg 50kg 92
69 1x6260x114 KAONIC (NZ) H 4 Chris Waller 69 50kg 50kg 91
70 12235×2 SHUMOOKH M 4 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 70 50kg 50kg 90
71 2131222×42 ANOTHER DOLLAR (NZ) M 4 Chris Waller 71= 50kg 50kg 89
72 8326×00313 GOODFELLA H 4 Bjorn Baker 71= 50kg 50kg 89
73 336717×631 MURAAQEB H 4 David & B Hayes & T Dabernig 73= 50kg 50kg 88
74 7433923×39 NETTOYER M 5 Wendy Roche 73= 50kg 50kg 88
75 x0658x0770 SALSONIC G 5 Jason Coyle 73= 50kg 50kg 88
76 11x1012x16 DON’T GIVE A DAMN G 5 Danny Williams 76 50kg 50kg 86
77 5x2124x606 INSTANT DE REVE (FR) G 6 Chris Waller 77= 50kg 50kg 84
78 x568x31117 PARET G 4 Chris Waller 77= 50kg 50kg 84
79 14312533×8 ROMANCER (NZ) G 5 Darren Weir 79 50kg 50kg 82
80 14x1143x34 RENEWAL G 4 Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 80 50kg 50kg 77
81 520634x31x FIERCE IMPACT (JPN) H 5 Matthew Smith 81= 50kg 50kg 76
82 4x612825x0 TOP OF THE RANGE (NZ) G 5 Michael Moroney 81= 50kg 50kg 76
83 21219 MASTER ASH C 3 Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott 81= 48kg 48kg 76
84 2x56x430x8 MEROVEE H 4 Chris Waller 84= 50kg 50kg 70
85 23x22872x1 PRIMITIVO G 4 John P Thompson 84= 50kg 50kg 70
86 1x3431x767 WHOSYOURHOUSEMATE (GB) G 5 Michael Moroney 86= 50kg 50kg 67
87 2x3x411x24 FIGHTING HARADA C 3 Mick Price 86= 48kg 48kg 67
88 6957×123 TAVISAN (NZ) C 3 Mick Price 86= 48kg 48kg 67

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