All smiles for Happy Clap­per, Web­ster

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport -

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

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