Webster Happy with his stable star
EVEN Pat Webster’s two-yearold granddaughter Frankie Matilda knows who Happy Clapper is.
“And by the looks of her he’s paid for some those nice clothes she’s always got on,” Webster said.
The two-time Doncaster Mile runner-up returns in the Group 2 $200,000 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick tomorrow and Webster thinks the seven-year-old’s going to enjoy his comeback to racing.
“I can’t remember the last time he ran at Randwick on a good track,” he said.
“His goal is the Epsom but I don’t mind people backing him now because he’s a good fresh horse over 1400m and never runs a bad race.”
Webster elected to run Happy Clapper in two 1000m trials as opposed the pair of 800m trials he had before his autumn preparation which he described as “unsuitable”.
Despite being at his best over a mile, expect him to be fighting out the finish despite having to take on the likes of Ecuador, Invincible Gem and Mackintosh.
“I know at the 200m on Saturday the caller won’t be saying ‘Happy Clapper’s dropping out’, but that he’s coming home well,” Webster said.
The Randwick trainer, who has just six horses, has given Josh Adams the job on his stable star while Blake Shinn rides in Melbourne.
Webster’s been instrumental in getting Adams back riding after he was suspended for two years from September 2014, by Racing NSW for testing positive to an illicit substance.
“People think I’m putting Josh on because he’s coming back from a bad place, but the only reason he’s on is because he’s good rider,” Webster said.
“You don’t put someone on your best horse because you feel sorry for them. I’m doing what’s the horse and Josh is a genuine city rider.”
Adams said he was “very excited” at the prospect of riding such a top horse at a bumper Randwick meeting.
“It would be huge to win it for Pat, who helped me get my licence back,” he said.
“I feel I’m riding as well as ever and a smarter and more cool-headed rider now.
“His two trials have been outstanding and he’s forward enough to win. From barrier two I won’t be dictated to and won’t have push him early. I’ll just let him run his race.
“This has come along at a good time for me and is something I really needed so I’m very excited.”