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 Group 1 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 Group 1 Emirates Stakes last November, Happy Clapper dashed clear to win by a length-and-a-quarter from another dual Group 1 winner, Global Glamour.
Happy Clapper is one of Teofilo’s 14 Group 1 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 Group 1 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 Group 3 winner Thankgodyou’rehere.
Teofilo stands at Kildangan Stud at a fee of €40,000, 1 October, special live foal.