Trainer Pat Webster is not underestimating Happy Clapper in tomorrow’s Queen Elizabeth Stakes.
The seven-year-old gelding takes on champion mare Winx in the $4 million 2000m Group 1 at Royal Randwick in pursuit of his fourth triumph at the top level.
Despite the enormous task of attempting to knock the Queen of the Turf of her mantle as she chases 25 consecutive victories, Happy Clapper's affable trainer Webster is not giving up hope.
“He’s powerful and he’s big and strong, (but) he’s a bit vulnerable at the 2000,” he said on SEN Breakfast of his Doncaster Mile winner.
“I think he’s a champion miler at Randwick. You don’t get good milers who come out and are as good over 2000.
“Each horse has got its distance. Her (Winx’s) best distance is 2000 which has been proven in the Cox Plate.
“He’s very vulnerable tomorrow and he’s got a very tricky gate (nine).
“If there were any doubts, I wouldn’t have backed him up unless he pulled up 110 percent, which he has.
“If it was over 1600 and on a good track, yes, but I will say at 2000 he’s vulnerable.
“The harder (the track) it is the better he runs, (but) you can’t underestimate him and I’m not.”
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