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Happy Clapper a $4.50 favourite for Epsom Handicap

Tue, Sep 26, 10:06am by Head Editor

The Pat Webster trained Happy Clapper has firmed into $4.50 for Saturday’s Group 1 Epsom Handicap following a pair of strong results earlier this month at Randwick.

The gelding has also been helped by the withdrawals of original top-weights Black Heart Bart, Humidor, Le Romain and Vega Magic, which means the seven-year-old will go around in the number one saddlecloth for the race he finished fourth in last year behind Hauraki.

The galloper who has won $2.3million so far in his career is also nominated for the Cox Plate has never won a Group 1 before, but is considered a solid chance of becoming the first top-weight to win the Epsom since ­Filante in 1996.

Happy Clapper was runner-up to Winx in the 2016 Doncaster, a race that he came second in again this year, this time to It’s Somewhat.

Egg Tart is on the second line of betting at $6 having run second at Rosehill in the Theo Marks Stakes on September Nine. The Dual Oaks winner will be ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, who rode the mare both the Queensland Oaks and the Schweppes Oaks in Adelaide during the autumn.

Comin’ Through firmed on Monday from $12 to $10 on the back of the four year old’s in the Bill Ritchie Handicap at Randwick on September 16. Brazilian jockey Joao Moreira returns to Sydney for this ride after a successful campaign in Hong Kong that included 15 winners.

Tom Melbourne, who ran second behind Comin’ Through in the Bill Ritchie Handicap, will be ridden by Glen Boss and is also at $10 ahead of Mackintosh and McCreery at $17.

The Epsom Handicap will be run over 1600 metres at Sydney’s Randwick Racecourse on Saturday. The Group 1 Thoroughbred race is for three years old and older, under handicap conditions and has Prize money of $1 million.

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