Best Odds with Top Tote+ and Bet Back Offers!
Register at Australia's #1 Online Bookmaker!
Back A Winner!
Sign-Up to Australia's Fastest Growing Online Bookmaker!
Back Yourself!
Sign-up and start betting with Ladbrokes in 2 minutes!
Best Of The Best Odds!
Bet With Palmerbet and get Paid Top Fluc or Top Tote!
Massive Odds on All Races!
Sign-up and start betting with PlayUp in 2 minutes!
*Conditions Apply. Excl VIC, NSW, SA & WA. Gamble Responsibly
Happy Clapper Happy Clapper ended a 15-month absence from the winner's circle at Newcastle

Happy Clapper has ended a 15-month absence from the winner’s circle with an emphatic victory in the Group Three Newmarket Handicap at Newcastle.

The six-year-old will now attempt to become the first horse since Patezza in 2005 to claim the Newcastle Newmarket – Doncaster Mile double.

The class horse in Friday’s field, Happy Clapper settled third behind leader Chetwood and sprinted clear in the straight to score by 3-1/2 lengths from Got Unders with Kellyville Flyer another three-quarters of a length third.

Jockey Blake Shinn said the ease of Happy Clapper’s win showed the horse was on target for another shot at the Doncaster in which he beat all but champion Winx last year.

“He began much better today, I was able to put him in a prominent spot,” Shinn said.

“He can hit that flat spot so I elected to put him in the race early around the bend and he won very dominantly.

“Onwards and upwards to the Doncaster now.”

Trainer Pat Webster was rapt to see the horse return to winning form and said his class shone through.

“You never knock back a win,” Webster said.

“You’ve only got to look at his form, I think his worst run was in a Cox Plate and he only finished two lengths behind Winx (in the 2016 Doncaster).”

With doubts over Doncaster topweight Black Heart Bart taking his place following a stable mishap, weights are likely to rise at least half a kilo, opening the door for Shinn to stick with Happy Clapper who has 53.5kg in the feature.

“They might even go up a kilo and then Blake will ride him,” Webster said.

Luxbet reacted to the win by firming Happy Clapper from $26 to $15 for the Doncaster Mile on April 1.

Chetwood was aiming to add the Newmarket to his Cameron Handicap win at the provincial track in September but compounded late to finish down the track.

Stewards quizzed jockey William Buick who admitted the effort was disappointing.

“At the halfway he felt great but in not even a split second he folded underneath me,” Buick said.

The Newmarket meeting was the first feature program at Newcastle since its $11 million track redevelopment and the new surface was praised by jockeys and trainers for its ability to cope with the heavy rain.

*Existing customers only. 2nd Racing bet. Excl SA & WA. T’s & C’s apply. Gamble responsibly.
Featured News

Free Racing Bonus Bets and Offers

We take a look at the BIGGEST and BEST Free Daily Racing Offers and Betting Promotions from Australia’s leading online...

Winterbottom Stakes results and replay – 2021

View the results and replay for the 2021 Winterbottom Stakes. The Winterbottom Stakes was raced at Ascot racecourse on 27/11/2021....

Zipping Classic results and replay – 2021

View the results and replay for the 2021 Zipping Classic. The Zipping Classic was raced at Caulfield racecourse on 27/11/2021....

Sandown Guineas results and replay – 2021

View the results and replay for the 2021 Sandown Guineas. The Sandown Guineas was raced at Caulfield racecourse on 27/11/2021....

Champion jockey Glen Boss announces retirement

Champion jockey Glen Boss will have his last ride this weekend at Caulfield as he calls an end to an...

Kingston Town Classic

The is a  race held at each year. The  event is held in December each year and is one of...

Pakenham Cup

The is a race held at in Victoria each year. The () boasts a total prize pool of and is...

Australian Bookmaker Reviews

Which bookmaker should you bet with? We Review each of the leading online Australian Bookmakers and rate them in order...


Gamble Responsibly 18+
*State exclusions apply to some offers. Please check T&Cs of each offer with the bookmaker. All Offers Exclude NSW residents.
18+ Don't let the game play you. Stay in control. Gamble responsibly. Think! About your choices. Call Gambling Help on 1800 858 858 or visit or