“To win this medal, which is named in his honour, was incredible. I put it straight on and went back and face timed Tommy and we both had a bit of cry.”
The medal continued a remarkable first season back in Australia for Boss, who has won four group 1s and taken the rich double of the Golden Eagle on Kolding and The Everest on Yes Yes Yes.
He will look for a fifth group 1 in Saturday’s All Aged Stakes when he teams with Gerald Ryan-trained Standout, which won the Expressway Stakes at the beginning of the autumn.
Webster farewells Happy Clapper
Pat Webster believes it was the right way for Happy Clapper to go out finishing down the track in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on Saturday.
There was no fanfare for the nine-year-old as he finished midfield in his fifth appearance in the race. It will not be how he is remembered by punters. They will see him as a three-time group 1 winner and the horse that chased Winx on 11 occasions.
“He was the best male miler of his generation,” Webster said. “He just ran into the best horse in the world. Thank God he did because I don’t think I would have handled the pressure if she wasn’t around.”
Happy Clapper holds a unique place in Randwick mile history of being the only horse to win the summer, spring and autumn 1600m handicaps – the Villiers Handicap, the Epsom Handicap and Doncaster Mile.
“He ran second in two Doncasters as well and I didn’t think he would win one,” Webster said. “That was my best day at the track. “He ran second in a George Main Stakes and Chipping Norton Stakes and would have been nice to have won those as well. But I never thought I would have a horse like him.”
Happy Clapper will go into Racing NSW’s Team Thoroughbred program run by Malcolm Fitzgerald and is likely to be the first member of a Living Legends-like set-up in NSW.
Magnier cleans up at Inglis Easter sale
The remarkable Inglis Easter Sale was an example of what an industry leader Coolmore’s Tom Magnier has become.
Although there were 169 withdrawals for the coronavirus hit sale that went on online, the average remained above $300,000.
Coolmore’s commitment to Australian racing was clear. Magnier spent $6.895 million on eight yearlings including the top lot, a Snitzel colt out of Fastnet Rock star First Seal.
Coolmore was also the leading vendor selling $7.83 million worth of stock.
“We have got a massive belief in the Australian racing industry. We were happy to get behind the sale because we believe the future of Australian racing is very bright,” Magnier said. “Between our team, we got around every farm in the Hunter and it a pleasure to see how well these horses were presented.
“This was not about one farm. You have to be so impressed by how all the farms pulled together and what Inglis did and that’s why the sale worked as well as it did.”
Magnier signed for three of the seven million-dollar babies, but the Snitzel colt from Sledmere Stud draft stood out to bring a $1.8 million winning bid.
“I think the Coolmore boys’ tyre tracks will forever be worn into our driveway, they were here that many times to look at him,” Sledmere’s Royston Murphy said. “He is a cracking colt and at a normal sale I would have been confident he would have brought that sort of money, but you didn’t know what was going to happen.”
Magnier was delighted to secure the colt, adding “we wanted to buy good horses off good guys and Royston is one of them.”
Racing writer for The Sydney Morning Herald