Happy Clapper to have another shot at Winx in 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes

April 9, 2018

Happy Clapper to have another shot at Winx in 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes

Last Saturday’s Doncaster Mile winner Happy Clapper is set to have another shot at champion mare Winx when he backs up in the Group 1 $4m Longines Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) oin day two of The Championships at Randwick on Saturday.

Winx and Happy Clapper, above, will clash again in the 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Winx and Happy Clapper, above, will clash again in the 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Happy Clapper was far superior to the rest of the field when he strode away in the straight to record a two lengths win over Comin’ Through in the Group 1 $3m The Star Doncaster Mile (1600m) at Randwick.

Happy Clapper finished second to Winx in the 2016 Doncaster Mile, one of seven times the two great rivals matched strides on the racetrack.

The Pat Webster trained seven year old was also runner up to Winx in the Group 1 $1m The Agency George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on March 24 during his current campaign and in the Group 1 $500,000 Colgate Optic White Stakes (George Main Stakes) (1600m) at Randwick during the 2017 Sydney Spring Carnival.

Happy Clapper’s other clashes with Chris Waller’s champion mare resulted in two sixth placings in the 2016 and 2017 Group 1 $3m Ladbrokes Cox Plate (2040m) at The Valley, a fifth in last year’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes and a fifth in the 2016 George Ryder Stakes.

Last Saturday’s Doncaster Mile was Happy Clapper’s third Group 1 win and Webster said after the victory that the stable flag bearer would more than likely back up week to week in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

“He’ll probably run in the Queen Elizabeth,” Webster said.

“$750,000 for running second, so we’ll go there again.”

“We’ll get the vet to trot him up before acceptances on Tuesday and if he’s happy with him, he’s treated him all the way through with all his injuries, then he’ll run.

“But if there’s any little doubt then we’ll just turf him straight out and wait for another prep but as of today he’s good.

“She’s a great mare but the minor prizemoney is good too so we’re looking forward to it.”

Happy Clapper kicked off his Autumn Carnival campaign with a win in the Group 1 $500,000 Bisley Workwear Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on March 10 while his other Group 1 victory came in the the 2017 Group 1 $1m Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick.

Winx will be chasing her twenty-fifth win in a row when she lines up to win successive Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

The world’s best race horse has looked sensational in her two Autumn Carnival outings with a first up seven lengths win in the Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on March 3 following by a three quarters of a length victory over Happy Clapper in the George Ryder Stakes.

Bookies at Ladbrokes.com.au have Winx as the very short priced $1.18 favourite for the Queen Elizabeth Stakes with Happy Clapper the second pick at $9.

Victoria’s leading trainer Darren Weir provides the next two in the betting with Humidor at $11 and Gailo Chop at $12.

The final field for the 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes will be released on Tuesday April 10.

Early betting for the 2018 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Ladbrokes.com.au: $1.18 Winx, $9 Happy Clapper, $11 Humidor, $12 Gailo Chop, $26 Ace High, Aloisia, Ambitious, Comin’ Through, D’Argento, $34 Success Days, $51 Admire Winner, Mission Hill, Satono Rasen, Single Gaze, Tom Melbourne, Tosen Stardom, $61 or better the rest.

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2021 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

Sandown Guineas 2020 Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field �...

2020 Zipping Classic Field & Odds Update: Avilius Firming Favourite

Despite a last start failure in the Melbourne Cup the Godolphin-raced Avilius...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oli...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Results: Oliver Rides Sixth Winner on Personal

Jockey Damien Oliver celebrated his sixth success in the 162nd running of the...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020:...

Kennedy Oaks Day Results 2020: Personal Wins The Oaks

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day continues the racing action of the Melbourne Cup...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Fleming...

2020 Kennedy Oaks Day: Flemington Scratchings & Track Report

Day 3 of the Melbourne Cup Carnival takes place at Flemington Racecourse...

Horse Racing Today

2021 Doncaster Mile Odds Firm ...

Tancred Stakes 2021 Results Se...

Tancred Stakes 2021 Results See Sir Dragonet Firm in Queen Elizabeth Odds

The Ciaron Maher & David Eustace-trained Sir Dragonet was excellent on the...

2021 Vinery Stud Stakes Result...

2021 Vinery Stud Stakes Results: Hungry Heart Runs Down Harmony Rose

Master trainer Chris Waller is now giving serious consideration to the Group 1...

Emancipation Stakes 2021 Resul...

Emancipation Stakes 2021 Results: Coolmore Legacy Next For Nimalee

The Coolmore Legacy Stakes at Randwick is the next-up option for Matthew...

Australian Derby Odds Firm on ...

Australian Derby Odds Firm on 2021 Tulloch Stakes Winner Yaletown

Sydney’s leading lady of racing Gai Waterhouse is in with a chance to win her...

Race Results

2021 Doncaster Mile Odds Firm on Prelude Winner Yao Dash

Tancred Stakes 2021 Results See Sir Dragonet Firm in Queen Elizabeth Odds

2021 Vinery Stud Stakes Results: Hungry Heart Runs Down Harmony Rose

Emancipation Stakes 2021 Results: Coolmore Legacy Next For Nimalee

Australian Derby Odds Firm on 2021 Tulloch Stakes Winner Yaletown

Race Previews

Australian Oaks 2021 Field & Betting Wide Open: Harmony Rose Narrow Favourite

2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Field: Betting Has Verry Elleegant Ahead of Addeybb

Favorite Moon Set to Rise in Sydney Cup 2021: Field & Odds

Doncaster Mile 2021 Odds Update: Punters Stick with Mugatoo

Western Empire Dominates 2021 WATC Derby Field & Betting

Fields & Form

Australian Oaks 2021 Field & Betting Wide Open: Harmony Rose Narrow Favourite

2021 Queen Elizabeth Stakes Field: Betting Has Verry Elleegant Ahead of Addeybb

Favorite Moon Set to Rise in Sydney Cup 2021: Field & Odds

Western Empire Dominates 2021 WATC Derby Field & Betting

Anamoe Slips To Top of 2021 Inglis Sires’ Field & Odds