Superb victory for Happy Clapper at Randwick

Son of Teofilo wins his second G1 in the Canterbury Stakes

The outstanding form displayed by Happy Clapper last spring continued on his return to racing at Randwick on Saturday when the seven-year-old galloper claimed his second G1 prize in the Canterbury Stakes.

In a victory that places him among the best progeny worldwide of his sire Teofilo, Happy Clapper survived some jostling with 300m to run to overpower a good field of younger horses.

On his first start since finishing second in the G1 Emirates Stakes last November, Happy Clapper dashed clear to win by a length-and-a-quarter from another dual G1 winner, Global Glamour.

Happy Clapper is one of Teofilo’s 14 G1 winners worldwide and one of five bred in the southern hemisphere, a group that includes the Darley stallion Kermadec, along with Humidor and Palentino.

As well as his two G1 victories, Happy Clapper has also won a further three Group races and his latest success took his racetrack earnings to almost A$4 million, making him Teofilo’s greatest money winner.

Bred by his owner Michael Thomas, Happy Clappper is out of the Encosta de Lago mare Busking, a winning half-sister to the G3 winner Thankgodyou’rehere.

Teofilo stands at Kildangan Stud at a fee of €40,000, 1 October, special live foal.