Doncaster Mile Tips - Happy to follow Winx form

  • Weight turnaround not worth favouritism here.
  • Happy Clapper has a brilliant third-up record.
Blake Shinn on Happy Clapper

There’s no stronger form than ‘Winx form,’ and when a horse has genuinely tested the mare on her merits, it’s certainly form to take notice of. 


The Pat Webster-trained Happy Clapper did push Winx in the George Ryder Stakes (1500m), and while Winx always had the race at her mercy, Happy Clapper did offer a fight.

Although some have come closer to beating the mare with daring tactics or a slip up from Winx, in my opinion, Happy Clapper and Humidor are the only two horses to really test her since she started her winning streak – and they both line up at Randwick in the $3 million Doncaster Mile (1600m).

Firstly, trainer Darren Weir plans to back Humidor up in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on Saturday week, and this is undoubtedly his main aim.

He’ll be there to win the Doncaster, but the stable is hoping to have him peaking at his next assignment, and that combined with his last start form not looking overly strong, I’m prepared to risk him in this one. 

So, if we consider the George Ryder is the strongest form heading into the Doncaster – which has been the case in three of the past four Doncasters – then Happy Clapper and Kementari are the horses to beat – and the market has them that way.

However, Kementari is the $3.50 favourite and Happy Clapper is the second pick at $5.

This has to be due to the 2.5kg weight swing in the favour of Kementari, but I think that’s offset by Happy Clapper having more upside. 

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Kementari should have been right at his peak last start with three runs under his belt over 1200m, 1400m and 1600m.

Meanwhile, Happy Clapper was only second-up following a fresh win in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m), and if anything, he probably peaked with 100m to go and started to shorten stride. 

Third-up last preparation, he claimed the Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick, and third-up last autumn, he was runner-up to It’s Somewhat in the Doncaster on an unsuitable Heavy track.

He finished runner-up to Winx in this race two years ago, and with a dry track being served up on Saturday, third time should be the charm for Happy Clapper. 

Arbeitsam and Invincible Gem should take up the running, and I can see Happy Clapper holding a spot right behind that pair – three pairs back at worse – and if he gets the breaks in the straight, it will take something special to beat him. 

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