TBNSW Breeders Update Autumn 2018 - Page 6



Timeform Review
Despite giving most of his rivals a sizable weight
advantage in the Doncaster, Happy Clapper was still
a class above in the prestigious mile event.
The Pat Webster-trained gelding ran to a Timeform
rating of 129, the highest ever winning figure of a
Doncaster Mile.
Gailo Chop ran second to Winx in the Queen Elizabeth.
Prior to that however, the well-travelled import won
three of his first four autumn runs including the Group 1
Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 24.
It was a cakewalk for the Darren Weir-trained runner
who put three lengths on nearest rival Single Gaze.
The win returned Gailo Chop a Timeform rating of 125,
a new master Timeform rating for the son of Deportivo
and the highest winning figure of a Ranvet Stakes since
Tie The Knot claimed the 2000 renewal.
Gailo Chop is joined by his stablemate Brave Smash as
another older horse to perform admirably at the top
level this autumn.
The Tosen Phantom stallion ran to a Timeform rating of
124 when taking out the Group 1 Futurity Stakes (1400m)
at Caulfield on February 24.
Happy Clapper (Teofilo x Busking)
With her latest Queen Elizabeth Stakes victory being
given a Timeform rating of 134, she now boasts the
highest winning figure of the event having eclipsed
Might And Power’s emphatic 1998 Queen Elizabeth
success by one pound.
A tilt at a record breaking fourth straight Cox Plate win
beckons Winx this spring after connections announced
during her autumn campaign they would not travel the
rising seven-year-old to the UK for Royal Ascot.
Winx’s dominance looks all that more impressive after
Happy Clapper came out and claimed two Group 1s
this autumn.
The Pat Webster-trained gelding has clashed with Winx
eight times now and has placed behind the champion
mare on four occasions.
Between defeats at the hands of Winx in the Queen
Elizabeth and George Ryder Stakes, Happy Clapper
claimed both the Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at
Randwick on March 10 and the Doncaster Mile (1600m)
at Randwick on April 7.
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Also drawing attention for a winning display assessed
at 124 was 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin who
proved a superior stayer in claiming the Group 1 Tancred
Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill on March 31.
Redkirk Warrior can boast producing the best sprint
performance this autumn after taking out the Group 1
Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on March 10.
As well as it being the pick of the sprint performances,
Redkirk Warrior became the first horse since Razor
Sharp in 1982/83 to claim consecutive renewals of the
Newmarket Handicap.
The UK import has now built an imposing record down
the Flemington straight, amassing four wins from
five starts.
Following his second straight Newmarket victory,
connections announced Redkirk Warrior would head
to Royal Ascot in June for the Diamond Jubilee Stakes
(1200m).
Four Year Olds
Four-year-olds were outshone by their more seasoned
counterparts during the autumn however there was still
one performance worth mentioning amongst the crop.
NSW BREEDERS’ UPDATE Autumn 2018

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