All smiles for Happy Clapper, Webster
IF there has been a more popular Group One winner at Randwick than Happy Clapper in recent times, no one can remember it.
The seven-year-old came to the fore in yesterday’s Epsom Handicap (1600m) to claim a deserved first win at the highest level for trainer Pat Webster, who has been a stalwart for racing in more ways than one.
A former jockey and a Randwick trainer in a career that spans five decades, Webster also works behind the scenes for Racing NSW as a mentor and counsel to jockeys.
It is that role that endears him to all, particularly winning rider Blake Shinn, who acknowledged Webster’s role after he steered the $2.40 favourite to a half-length win over Tom Melbourne ($8).
“I’m just so happy for everyone involved,” Shinn said.
“It’s Pat’s first Group One win and it obviously means a lot, not only to them but for me as well to do it for them.”
Before Saturday, Happy Clapper had three Group One