Meanwhile, top-class Sydney galloper Happy Clapper will miss the remainder of the spring carnival after suffering a bleeding attack in Saturday's Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington. Remarkably, the triple Gr1 winner still managed to finish fifth despite bleeding from both nostrils. He has been handed a mandatory three month ban from racing.
The Australian Turf Club hosted Thoroughbred Breeders NSW (TBNSW) members and sponsors at the Directors’ Lunch during Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes Day on Saturday at Royal Randwick. Against the backdrop of magnificent racing, where Winx secured her 20th Gr1 win, TBNSW Director Hamish Esplin introduced the awards at the annual presentation for achievements during the 2017-2018 racing season. Winners were announced by Bred To Win’s Caroline Searcy and sponsors including IRT, Horsepower, G1 Goldmine, HQ Insurance, the ATC and Ranvet. Award winners were:
James Cummings is confident Kementari is ready to claim another top-flight success in Saturday's Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes after watching him gallop at Flemington on Tuesday. Last season's Randwick Guineas winner is coming off an unlucky second behind Humidor in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield two weeks ago where he was three-wide without cover throughout but was still making ground on the line. "He's the fittest he's been this campaign and his work on Tuesday morning reflected that," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "His gallop on the course proper at Flemington was what I wanted to see, he's tightened up nicely." Cummings added: "Since the Caulfield race he's been really bright and he looks confident stepping up to the mile." TAB has listed Kementari as the $3.60 favourite for the Makybe Diva ahead of his last-start conqueror Humidor ($4), Kings Will Dream ($4.40) and Happy Clapper ($6.50).
Trainer Pat Webster says Happy Clapper will be much better suited in Saturday's Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington. The triple Gr1 winner resumed with an encouraging seventh in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield two weeks ago, but Webster said the horse never races at his best on the Caulfield track. "I'm more than happy with the horse," Webster told Sky Sports Radio. "His regular track work rider was very excited after riding him this morning so we are really happy. He's spot on where we want him at this stage of his preparation." Webster added: "He is really suited at Flemington. He has never been comfortable racing at Caulfield and Moonee Valley. He's been there and done it at Flemington so we are looking forward to getting him back there on Saturday." Webster also confirmed that Happy Clapper would most likely defend his Epsom Handicap title at Randwick on 29 September. Weights for the $1 million mile feature were released on Monday with the 8YO allocated top weight of 59.5kg. "I was thinking that he would get 60kg, so to get 59.5kg is even better than I thought. If he runs well on Saturday he will be coming home to Sydney for the Epsom," he said.
A total of 88 nominations have been weighed for the 153rd running of the Group 1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) which will be run at Royal Randwick on 29 September. This year's edition will be run with a 50kg minimum weight (48kg minimum weight for three-year-olds) with total prize money of $1 million. The top weight for the race is defending champion and triple Gr1 winner Happy Clapper who has been allocated 59kg. Next is recent Gr1 Memsie Stakes winner Humidor with 59kg, followed by Le Romain at 58kg and Hartnell with 57kg. Another notable nomination is Randwick Guineas winner and Memsie Stakes runner-up Kementari with 55.5kg. The highest-weighted mare is the 2017 Gr1 Cantala Stakes winner Shillelagh with 53kg, while the 3YOs nominated for the race - Fighting Harada, Master Ash, Tavisan and Seabrook, have all been allocated 48kg. Click here to view Epsom Handicap weights.
Outside of Winx's half-dozen Gr1 wins last season, only Trapeze Artist, Happy Clapper and Shoals (also trained by Anthony Freedman) boasted a Gr1 season as good as Santa Ana Lane's premium treble. One of the surprise packets of 2017-2018, Santa Ana Lane managed to get under everyone's guard on each of those three ocassions, starting at $26 in the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke, $26 in the Gr1 Goodwood Handicap and then $14 in the Gr1 Stradbroke. The oft-forgotten sprinter of Australia's short-course ranks is no doubt more comfortable over 1200m and slightly further, however he has decent enough form first-up, and over 1100m, to suggest he's a genuine eachway hope in tomorrow's Heath 1100 at Caulfield where course and distance specialist Voodoo Lad is the popular pick. Again ridden by Ben Melham, who guided him to his past two Gr1 wins, Santa Ana Lane is an $8 chance to make it a hat-trick.
The first Group 1 of the new season in Melbourne offers more questions than answers with different formlines, and competitors with different distance objectives that lie ahead in coming months. Memsie markets suggest a one-horse race with Vega Magic at $2.70, however there are a host of chances – subject to fitness levels surrounding some horses as they work towards the deeper end of respective Sydney and Melbourne Spring Carnivals. Happy Clapper, who is starting to get mentioned as a potential The Everest contender, is first-up over the 1400m at Caulfield, but after winning his seasonal debut last year in the 1400m Tramway (again dropping back from the 2000m of the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth) he is clearly a serious threat here. The Lawrence Stakes form brings Showtime, Kings Will Dream and Jungle Edge into calculations; and then there is the gun duo Grunt and Kementari who, on their best form, could blouse the lot of them.
Meanwhile, while the powerful Hayes, Hayes & Dabernig stable is represented by exciting More Sundays (see above), Fundamentalist and Muuraqeb in Sydney (plus three in Adelaide), the bulk of their runners are at Caulfield where 17 alumni will step out, including a quintet in the Jockey Celebration Day Handicap (1400m). Although The Everest-bound Vega Magic is a short-priced favourite to back-to-back in the Gr1 Memsie Stakes, exciting 3YO colt Tony Nicconi has another chance to press his claims as one of the best sophomore sprinters in the country. Solidly supported into favouritism for the Gr3 HDF McNeil Stakes over 1200m, the jump-and-run type has the advantage of an inside draw, however will quickly know he is starting to play in the big leagues as he works towards a possible start in the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes. Stable-mate Alymerton, beaten less than 5-lengths in the Golden Slipper, makes his seasonal return, as does last start Gr1 Champagne Stakes heroine Seabrook. Throw in Champagne runner-up Bondi, Happy Clapper's Gr2-winning half-brother Not A Single Cent, speedy Brisbane raider Granny Red Shoes and Native Soldier, who was closing strongly behind Tony Nicconi last start, and the result is far from a certainty.
Top-class galloper Kementari is expected to be at his peak for Saturday's $1 million Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield after an ultra impressive track gallop on Tuesday. While trainer James Cummings acknowledges the strength of Kementari's opposition in the weigh-for-age feature, he is satisfied the Lonhro entire is primed to double his Gr1 tally after his Randwick Guineas win in the autumn. "He absolutely flew in a gallop on Tuesday morning," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "Coming into this race he's been really bright. He's come out of his last run in sensational order." The Memsie will be Kementari's third run this campaign having run second to Pierata in the Gr2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick and fourth to Winx in the Gr1 Winx Stakes (1400m) at the same track twelve days ago. "There's no doubt this is a very powerful weight-for-age field in the Memsie with horses like Vega Magic and Happy Clapper up against us," Cummings said. "I like the fact that he's had experience at Caulfield, he's handled the track, he's trained very well and he's gone forward with each run. So we're looking forward to Saturday's race and expecting a good performance."
Top-class galloper Happy Clapper has been confirmed as a runner in Saturday's $1 million weight-for-age Gr1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield after pleasing trainer Pat Webster with a strong track gallop at Randwick on Monday, reports racing.com. "We're happy with his hit-out at home here this morning," Webster said. "He worked without going too hard but it was the sort of work we wanted to see." Webster indicated Happy Clapper would race exclusively in Melbourne during the spring. "I'm not getting too far ahead of myself but if he ran well there on Saturday, well, we've got the Makybe Diva Stakes, the Underwood, the Caulfield Stakes, Kennedy Mile and Emirates and the Cox Plate is around there somewhere," he said. "He's had two nice trials and there's a lot of improvement to come after Saturday. It will really tighten him up." Happy Clapper enjoyed a stellar autumn campaign in which he claimed two Group 1 victories in the Canterbury Stakes & Doncaster Handicap, as well as Group 1 placings in the George Ryder Stakes and Queen Elizabeth Stakes - both behind superstar mare Winx.
Given Winx’s average starting price over the past year has seen the champion mare around the $1.15 mark or less, Cox Plate markets following official nomination closures have her at positively luxurious odds of $1.55, and not too dissimilar to the $1.50 offered months before her Gr1 Queen Elizabeth triumph. Understandable, as he was beaten less than a half-length in 2017’s Cox Plate, Humidor is a $15 quote ahead of overseas raiders Benbatl ($21), Cliffs Of Moher & Neorealism ($26), with D’Argento, Happy Clapper, Kementari and Unforgotten all at $31. Curiously, given their strong reputations, possible European challengers Poet’s Word and Saxon Warrior are both listed at $41, possibly casting doubt on the likelihood of both or either of them actually contesting the race.
The tendon injury sustained by top sprinter Menari means an extra slot is now available for The Everest. Slot-holder Max Whitby, who had selected Menari as his Everest horse only last week, said that while the news was disappointing, he remains optimistic about finding a top-class replacement. "Naturally it’s a disappointment but things happen for a reason and who knows, this could fall back into our lap," Whitby told racenet. "There’s still plenty of options out there. Kementari and Pierata race on Saturday and Happy Clapper is also sitting there as well as others like Invincible Star." Whitby added: "We’ll sit back and make our decision when we think it’s right." Everest prospects Kementari and Pierata are likely to vie for favouritism when they resume in the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.
The New South Wales Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA) has announced the nominations for its annual 'Racing's Night Of Champions' awards ceremony to be held in the Royal Randwick Ballroom of the Australian Turf Club in Sydney on 16 August. The nominees are:
Other awards to be presented on the night include the BOBS Horse of the Year, the Sydney Strapper of the Year, the NSW Racing Writers' Personality of the Year, the T J Smith Award, the George Moore Award, the Theo Green Award, the Bart Cummings Medal and of course, the NSW Champion Horse of the Year. The awards night will again be televised "live" on Sky Thoroughbred Central on the Foxtel platform, and also internationally by NSWROA's exclusive media partner Sky Racing, with highlights of the night also being shown across all Sky Racing channels.
Perth Cup winner Star Exhibit will commence his build-up to the Ascot carnival in the next fortnight, reports the West Australian. Star Exhibit, the winner of the 2016 Gr2 Perth Cup (2400m), will return to Adam Durrant's stable after recovering from injury. The rising 7YO, who was transferred from Durrant to the Victorian stable of Darren Weir last year, hasn't raced since finishing fourth behind Classic Uniform and Happy Clapper in the Gr3 Craven Plate (2000m) at Randwick on 14 October.
Trainer Pat Webster has indicated that top class galloper Happy Clapper may race exclusively in Melbourne during the spring if fails to secure a slot in $13 million The Everest (1200m) at Randwick on 13 October. Webster said he is leaving any negotiations with Everest slot-holders to owner Michael Thomas. There are currently seven slots still available with five of the 12 spots already locked in. "I told him [Thomas] unless he has anything definite not to worry me. We talk regularly but he hasn't mentioned it so I presume nothing is in concrete," Webster told racingnsw.com.au. "They talk about this horse and that horse and you have the sixth best horse in the world nobody is even talking about." Webster added: "If he doesn't get a slot we'll go to Melbourne. Webster said if Happy Clapper does gain a start in The Everest, he would prepare the horse so he goes into the world's richest turf race nice and fresh. "He's started to do a bit of pacework. Even if he got a run in the Everest he'd have a trial, he might have two, then an ease up and another two trials." Happy Clapper, who is about three weeks away from his first trial, enjoyed a stellar autumn campaign in which he claimed two Group 1 victories in the Canterbury Stakes & Doncaster Handicap, as well as Group 1 placings in the George Ryder Stakes and Queen Elizabeth Stakes - both behind superstar mare Winx.
At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) celebrated an elite race success when 4YO Australian-bred gelding Comin' Through (Fastnet Rock-Mica's Pride, by Bite the Bullet) finally delivered on the promise he has always shown when scoring a strong win in the $650,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Doomben Cup (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating stable-mate Egg Tart & Japanese import Ambitious. The well-related Comin' Through improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr2 Ajax Stakes, Gr3 Bill Ritchie Handicap & Gr3 Carbine Club Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 Doncaster Mile & Gr1 Randwick Guineas) from 17 starts for $1,675,171 in earnings. Trainer Chris Waller said Comin' Through had been threatening to break through at the top level for quite some time. "He's had a few Group 2 and Group 3 wins and ran second in the Group 1 Doncaster behind Happy Clapper so he's deserved to win a Group 1," Waller told Racing Queensland Webnews. "He was a bit unlucky in the Hollindale when he was pushed three deep and still did a great job to run sixth. I think he's only going to get better..." Retained to race by his breeder Sir Owen Glenn, Comin' Through is the ninth foal to race from the prolific producer Mica's Pride, dam also of multiple Gr1 winning stallion Criterion, Gr2 winner Varenna Miss and Listed winner Silently.
Multiple Group 1-winning galloper Happy Clapper (Teofilo-Busking, by Encosta de Lago) is set to return to the stable of Pat Webster in a few weeks time to begin preparations for his Spring campaign, reports racenet. The 7YO is enjoying a break following a stellar autumn campaign in which he claimed two Group 1 victories in the Canterbury Stakes & Doncaster Handicap, as well as Group 1 placings in the George Ryder Stakes and Queen Elizabeth Stakes - both behind superstar mare Winx. Webster said owner Michael Thomas would sit down soon and map out a Spring programme for Happy Clapper which could take in races such as The Everest and Group 1 Winx Stakes (formerly known as the Warwick Stakes). "At the end of the day we've got about four weeks before he starts working up for the spring so we've got time up our sleeve," said Webster. If Happy Clapper fails to gain a slot in The Everest, Webster said it is possible he could campaign exclusively in Melbourne. "The Winx Stakes [in Sydney] would be the perfect start point if we go the weight-for-age route but that all depends on her. If she's there, Clapper won't be," said Webster. "There's so many races in Melbourne for him during the spring - the Memsie, Makybe Diva, Underwood, Turnbull, Caulfield Stakes and obviously the Cox Plate and Emirates. Michael will work all that out when the decisions need to be made."
On day two of The Championships at Royal Randwick, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) celebrated an elite race success when his champion 6YO daughter Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) created history on several fronts when strolling to an outstanding last-to-first win in the showpiece event of The Championships - the weight-for-age $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) - defeating Gailo Chop & Happy Clapper. The victory, which not only saw Winx equal Black Caviar's record of 25 straight wins but also become the first mare to win successive Queen Elizabeth's, advanced her record to an astonishing 29 wins (including the Gr1 Cox Plate – three times, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes - three times, Gr1 Turnbull Stakes, Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes - twice, Gr1 Doncaster Mile, Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes – three times, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr1 Queensland Oaks, Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes, Gr2 Warwick Stakes – twice, Gr2 Apollo Stakes - twice, Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 35 starts for Australian record earnings of $18,998,425. Trainer Chris Waller was in awe of Winx's accomplishment, saying she was not only a superior racehorse but that she excels under pressure. "It's hard to find the right words but that was very special, there was an arrogance about it," Waller told the Daily Telegraph. "She keeps lifting for the big occasions. Winx is a very dominant horse under pressure. It's only in those pressure scenarios that we see the best from her." As for Hugh Bowman, the Dunedoo-born jockey said he was just honoured to be a part of the Winx story. "The bottom line is she's got 10 to 12 lengths on her rivals, it makes it easy for me," Bowman said. "I know I've got the engine to round them up. She's just an exceptional athlete. I'm just so elated, I'm so proud of her and I'm just so proud to be a part of it." Winx was a $230,000 Magic Bloodstock purchase at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud.
Winx's wonderful milestones:
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the showpiece event of The Championships, the weight-for-age $4 million Group 1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) to be run at Royal Randwick this Saturday. First run in 1851 as the Queen's Plate, the Queen Elizabeth Stakes has been won by champion Australian racehorses including Carbine (1889-91), Wakeful (1901), Phar Lap (1930), Peter Pan (1933), Flight (1946), Tulloch (1960 & 61), Ming Dynasty (1978), Rough Habit (1992), Veandercross (1993), Might And Power (1998), Lonhro (2003), Grand Armee (2004 & 05), and of course Winx (2017). Headlining this year's 10-horse field is the world's best horse Winx who will attempt to equal Black Caviar's record of 25 consecutive victories and claim her 18th Group 1 title. The Chris Waller-trained superstar set a new world record of 17 Group 1 victories (surpassing US champion John Henry) when landing the George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill on 24 March. Winx has drawn the outside gate (10) for the Queen Elizabeth but bookmakers are unperturbed, with the mighty mare a $1.15 chance with TAB to continue on her inexorable path to greatness. Unsurprisingly, all other runners are at double figure odds with Humidor next preferred in the market at $11, followed by Happy Clapper and Gailo Chop at $13.
At Royal Randwick on day one of The Championships, Darley's unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) celebrated an elite race success when 7YO Australian-bred gelding Happy Clapper (Teofilo-Busking, by Encosta de Lago) showed his superiority when scoring a comfortable 2 length win in Australia's premier mile handicap, the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Comin' Through & Arbeitsam. This was the third top-flight success for Happy Clapper who advanced his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Canterbury Stakes, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr2 Tramway Stakes, Gr2 ATC Villiers Stakes) & Gr3 Newmarket Handicap) and 12 placings (including the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes, Gr1 VRC Emirates Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes, Gr1 ATC Doncaster Handicap – twice & Gr1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes) from 34 starts for $5,945,050 in earnings. Winning trainer Pat Webster said the Doncaster was the one race he always wanted to win when he was growing up. "You can have your Golden Slippers and you can have your Cox Plates but when we were kids The Doncaster was always the race we wanted to win. I watched my first Doncaster from the Leger when Tobin Bronze won in 1967," Webster told Sky Racing. "I grew up here and this is the race I've always wanted to win. It's a dream." Jockey Blake Shinn commented: "That is amazing. I have just won a Doncaster," he said. "To win a Doncaster and put my name in the history books with this horse who deserves it is very special." Happy Clapper became just the tenth horse in history to claim the Epsom & Doncaster double, joining the likes of Winx, Super Impose and Gunsynd. Happy Clapper also earned himself an automatic entry in the Gr1 Breeders' Cup Mile at the Breeders' Cup World Championships at Kentucky on November 2-3.
The $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile is the showpiece event on the opening day of The Championships at Royal Randwick tomorrow. First run way back in 1866 (Dundee was the inaugural winner), the Doncaster has since established itself as Australia's premier mile handicap having been won by turf luminaries such as Wakeful (1901), Chatham (1934), Tobin Bronze (1967, Gunsynd (1972), Emancipation (1983), Super Impose (1990 & 91), Sunline (1999), Grand Armee (2000), More Joyous (2012), and Winx (2016). Australian racing's First Lady, Gai Waterhouse, will be striving to become the most successful trainer in Doncaster history when she chases her eighth winner with Arbeitsam. Waterhouse currently shares the Doncaster record of 7 winners with her legendary father TJ Smith. Chris Waller is another trainer looking to build upon his successful Doncaster record. Exciting 3YO colt D'Argento is Waller's best chance of training a record equalling seventh Doncaster winner following the victories of Triple Honour (2008), Rangirangdoo (2010), Sacred Falls (2013 & 14), Kermadec (2015), and Winx (2016). This year's race is shaping as a cracking renewal with Godolphin's star 3YO colt Kementari the current pre-post favourite at $3.80 with TAB. Next in the market is the ultra-consistent Happy Clapper at $5, followed by D'Argento at $7.50 and dual Gr1 winner Humidor at $9. The Doncaster Mile will be run as race 9 at 4:30pm.
Trainer James Cummings says the signs are positive that star colt Kementari can round out his 3YO season with a win in Saturday's $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick. Cummings says Kementari is now ready to peak after four runs this time in, which have included a maiden Gr1 success in the Randwick Guineas (1600m) on 10 March and an excellent third behind Winx and Happy Clapper in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) two weeks ago. "We'd been impressed to see the change in the horse leading into the George Ryder and after racing so well against Winx he seems to have come out of it with more energy," Cummings told Godolphin.com. "He's certainly looking like he's still on the rise which is perfect considering what he did at this track and distance in the Randwick Guineas two starts back." Cummings added: "We feel like we're going to see a big performance from him and for us, it's very exciting to saddle up a colt of his calibre in such a prestigious race. He gives a real sense of this being his grand final." Kementari, who will carry just 51.5kg on Saturday, is currently the $3.70 TAB favourite for the race ahead of Happy Clapper ($5) and fellow 3YO D'Argento ($7).
Trainer Pat Webster expressed his delight after Happy Clapper drew perfectly for Saturday's Group 1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick, but he is conscious of the weight advantage he must concede to his chief market rival Kementari. Happy Clapper, who will jump from barrier one in the $3 million feature, is considered a top contender for the major prize having finished runner-up to champion mare Winx in the Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) two weeks ago. However, under the handicap conditions of the race, the 7YO must overcome a 3kg turnaround in favour of Kementari who finished so close to him (3rd, beaten 0.75 length) in the Ryder. "We drew two last year and finished second, so from one this time we should be winning," Webster joked when speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald. "People who say barriers don't count are mad. I would take barrier one in a steeplechase. It is the fastest way home." Webster added: "I don't know how Clapper can beat him [Kementari] at the weights but the old fella doesn't know how to run a bad run over the Randwick mile." Happy Clapper will be hoping it is third time lucky having finished runner-up in the Doncaster in the past two runnings of the race. Kementari is currently the $3.70 TAB favourite for the race ahead of Happy Clapper ($5) and fellow 3YO D'Argento ($7).
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $3 million Group 1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick this Saturday. First run way back in 1966 (Dundee was the inaugural winner), the Doncaster has since established itself as Australia's premier mile handicap having been won by turf luminaries such as Wakeful (1901), Chatham (1934), Tobin Bronze (1967, Gunsynd (1972), Emancipation (1983), Super Impose (1990 & 91), Sunline (1999), Grand Armee (2000), More Joyous (2012), and Winx (2016). This year's race is shaping as a cracking renewal with Godolphin's star 3YO colt Kementari the current pre-post favourite at $3.50 with TAB. Next in the market is the ultra-consistent Happy Clapper at $5, followed by the untapped 3YO D'Argento at $7 and dual Gr1 winner Humidor at $8. The Doncaster Mile will be run as race 9 on day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick at 4:30pm.
At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) celebrated an elite race success when his 6YO champion daughter Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) broke the world record for the most number of Group 1 wins with her 24th consecutive victory in the $1 million Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) for 3YO+, defeating Happy Clapper & Kementari. Not only did Winx become the first horse in history to win three George Ryder's, but she also claimed the outright world record for the most number of Group 1 wins, with her 17th Group 1 title surpassing the previous benchmark set by US champion John Henry in 1984. The win advanced Winx's astonishing record to 28 wins (including the Gr1 Cox Plate – three times, Gr1 Turnbull Stakes, Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes - twice, Gr1 Doncaster Mile, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes - twice, Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes – three times, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr1 Queensland Oaks, Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes, Gr2 Warwick Stakes – twice, Gr2 Apollo Stakes - twice, Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 34 starts for $16,563,925 in earnings. Trainer Chris Waller commented: "It's pretty special, I try not to get too caught up in it," said Waller, "I like everybody else who is a racing or sporting tragic have to be pretty proud of her today." Winx's regular rider Hugh Bowman said: "I could feel the crowd erupt as we went to the front at the 200 metres. What a special, special horse she is and I'm just so grateful to be her jockey." Bowman added: "Each horse is an individual but this horse has captivated the attention of the world." Winx is set to make her next appearance in the $4 million Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick on day two of The Championships (14 April). Connections will also decide in the coming days whether or not to embark on an overseas campaign aimed at Royal Ascot in June.
Racing NSW has announced the following re-handicaps for the Group 1 Doncaster Mile:
The following horses are exempt from ballot in the Doncaster Mile:
Superstar mare Winx headlines a field of eleven horses nominated for Saturday's Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill. The George Ryder is shaping as an intriguing race with the likes of star colt Kementari, dual Gr1 winner Happy Clapper, and Winx's highly promising younger stable-mate D'Argento set to contest the $1 million weight-for-age feature. The Chris Waller-trained Winx surpassed Black Caviar in setting a new Australian record of 16 Group 1 victories when she opened her autumn campaign with an effortless 7 length win in the Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick two weeks ago. She will be chasing her 24th consecutive victory in the George Ryder, after which connections will decide whether or not to embark on an international campaign aimed at Royal Ascot. Click here to view Rosehill nominations.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) celebrated an elite race success when 7YO Australian-bred gelding Happy Clapper (Teofilo-Busking, by Encosta de Lago) showed he had returned from a break in tremendous order with a stylish first-up win in the $500,000 Gr1 weight-for-age Canterbury Stakes (1300m) for 3YO+, defeating Global Glamour & Invincible Gem. This was the second top-flight success for Happy Clapper after his Gr1 Epsom Handicap win in the spring which advanced his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr2 Tramway Stakes, Gr2 ATC Villiers Stakes) & Gr3 Newmarket Handicap) and 11 placings (including the Gr1 VRC Emirates Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes, Gr1 ATC Doncaster Handicap – twice & Gr1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes) from 32 starts for $3,875,800 in earnings. "I just hope I haven't taken too much out of him first-up but who cares, it is a Group One," trainer Pat Webster told Sky Racing. Webster and owner-breeder Michael Thomas will now discuss the best options for Happy Clapper ahead of his primary autumn target, the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Randwick on 7 April. Thomas is also the breeder and part-owner of Happy Clapper's half-brother Not A Single Cent (Not A Single Doubt) who was an impressive winner of Saturday's Gr2 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.
At Flemington in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added yet another stakes success in the $200,000 Gr2 Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) for 2YOs with the Aaron Purcell-trained Not A Single Cent (Not A Single Doubt-Busking, by Encosta de Lago) defeating Seberate & Akkadian. This was the maiden victory for Not A Single Cent at only his second race start boosting his earnings to $123,050. Not A Single Cent was a $280,000 yearling purchase from the draft of Willow Park Stud at the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions. The promising colt is from the Encosta de Lago mare Busking and is a half-brother to Gr1 Epsom Handicap & Gr1 Canterbury Stakes winner Happy Clapper, as well as dual Gr3 stakes-placed filly Gig. Trainer Aaron Purcell commented post race to the Sydney Morning Herald: ''We were sure he was going to run well. He's a big, strong colt, a really well-bred horse, he's been in work quite a while." Purcell also confirmed that the Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes now appears on the colt's radar. ''There's a good chance he will head there now [to Sydney]. Knowing the horse well, he's always a strong horse, always finishing off his work really well. He takes a little while to wind up but the gaps came for him today and when the pressure came he dug deep to the line. I think this horse will be a mile-to-2000 metre horse for the spring. This trip of 1400 is definitely the shortest distance he is going to be effective at. He is a half-brother to Happy Clapper, a high-class mile-to-2000 horse."
A total of 181 nominations have been weighted for the 153rd running of the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) to be run on day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick on Saturday, 7 April. Heading the weights for the time-honoured feature is dual Gr1 winner Humidor who has been allocated top weight of 58kg on a 50kg minimum (49kg for 3YOs). Next is three-time Gr1 winner Le Romain & dual Gr1-winning Japanese import Tosen Stardom with 57.5kg, followed by Gr1 Epsom Handicap winner Happy Clapper on 57kg. The highest weighted mare is Japanese mare Admire Lead with 54kg, while Victoria Derby hero Ace High heads the 3YOs with 53kg. Click here to view the full weights for the Doncaster Mile.
Top-class Sydney galloper Happy Clapper (Teofilo-Busking, by Encosta de Lago) is set to open his autumn campaign in the Gr1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Royal Randwick on 10 March, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. A winner of the Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) in the spring, Happy Clapper hasn't raced since finishing runner-up to Tosen Stardom in the Gr1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on 11 November. "I've decided to go with the Canterbury Stakes and a trial. He'll be 65 to 70 per cent first up and then it'll be the Doncaster," trainer Pat Webster said.
At Flemington in Melbourne, richly talented 7YO Japanese-bred entire Tosen Stardom (Deep Impact-Admire Kirameki, by End Sweep) claimed his second top flight success since arriving in Australia when overcoming difficulty in running to score an explosive win in the $2 million weight-for-age Gr1 Emirates Stakes (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating Happy Clapper & It's Somewhat. The Australian Bloodstock-owned Tosen Stardom advanced his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Toorak Handicap & Gr3 Hanshin Challenge Cup) and 4 placings (including the Gr1 Memsie Stakes, Gr1 Futurity Stakes & Gr1 Ranvet Stakes) from 25 starts for $3,360,607 in earnings. "That was the real Tosen Stardom today," trainer Darren Weir said. "That's the sort of ability we knew he had and thankfully we've been able to see it today."
Meanwhile, in a major prelude to next Tuesday's Gr1 Melbourne Cup at Flemington, high profile jockey Damien Oliver has lost his appeal against a suspension that has ruled him out of riding favourite, and last year's winner, Almandin in the big race. Overnight, ABC News reported that Oliver will have to serve his 20 racemeeting suspension meted out following last Saturday's historic Gr1 Cox Plate won by Winx. Stewards found Oliver guilty of improper riding after alleging he hampered subsequent fourth-placed Royal Symphony during the Moonee Valley feature in which he rode Happy Clapper. Oliver's failed appeal has resulted in leviathan owner Lloyd Williams turning to Frankie Dettori, a more than capable replacement albeit he is yet to win the two mile event since his first attempt 24 years ago.
Meanwhile, trainer Pat Webster says top-class Sydney galloper Happy Clapper (Teofilo-Busking, by Encosta de Lago) is also likely to line up in Saturday week's Gr1 Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley, reports racing.com. Happy Clapper, who was a narrowly beaten favourite in last Saturday's Gr3 Craven Plate (2000m) in Sydney, ran 6th (beaten 11 lengths) behind Winx in last year's Cox Plate. "It's only Tuesday but at this stage he has come through last Saturday better than I had thought he might," Webster said. "He ran sixth in the Cox Plate last year and is probably a better horse and in better shape this time around." Apart from Saturday's surprise defeat, Happy Clapper has been in arguably career best form this preparation winning the Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) and finishing runner-up to Winx in the Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m) in Sydney.
Chris Waller says classy mare Foxplay (Foxwedge-Butters, by El Prado) is ready to return to the races in Saturday's Gr2 Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield. A winner of the Gr1 Coolmore Legacy Stakes (otherwise known as the Gr1 Queen of The Turf Stakes) in the autumn, Foxplay will be lining up for her fourth start this preparation. The 4YO boasts top-class form having placed behind her champion stable-mate Winx in both the Gr2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) & Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m), and most recently finishing fourth to Happy Clapper in the Gr1 Epsom Handicap. Waller was at Flemington on Saturday morning to watch Foxplay work over 1000 metres in which she covered the last 400m in 26.09 seconds. "She's come out of her last start fourth in the Epsom in really good order," Waller told racenet. "The race on Saturday looks ideal for her heading towards the Myer Classic [Gr1] here at Flemington on November 4." The Tristarc will be Foxplay's second start in Melbourne having finished fourth in the Gr1 Thousand Guineas as a 3YO.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Emirates Park Stud's & Aquis Farm's Gr1 Australian Guineas winning stallion Al Maher (Danehill-Show Dancing, by Don't Say Halo) added a Group race success when 5YO bay gelding Classic Uniform (Al Maher-Pyrotechnics, by Canny Lad) scored an upset win by outstaying his rivals in the $500,000 Gr3 Craven Plate (2000m) for 3YO+, defeating odds-on race favourite Happy Clapper & McCreery. Classic Uniform improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr2 Hill Stakes & Listed Parramatta Cup) and 16 placings (including the Listed ATC Winter Handicap) from 36 starts for $941,400 in earnings. A $170,000 purchase at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Emirates Park, Classic Uniform's staying talent belies his speed-laden pedigree as he descends from the family of Gr1 Oakleigh Plate & Gr1 Lightning Stakes winner Sports, Gr2 Silver Shadow Stakes winner Seika, Gr3 winner Medals, and multiple stakes-winning sprinter Top Charger. Trainer Gary Moore said the Gr1 Kingston Town Classic in Perth or the Gr2 Villiers Stakes at Randwick over the summer were potential targets for Classic Uniform.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) celebrated an elite race success when 7YO bay gelding Happy Clapper (Teofilo-Busking, by Encosta de Lago) finally broke through for a thoroughly deserved maiden top-flight triumph in the $1 million Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Tom Melbourne & Snitzson. Shedding his "best horse yet to win a Group One" status after placing 4 times previously at Group One level, Happy Clapper advanced his record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 Tramway Stakes, Gr2 ATC Villiers Stakes) & Gr3 Newmarket Handicap) and 9 placings (including the Gr1 George Main Stakes, Gr1 ATC Doncaster Handicap – twice & Gr1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes) from 28 starts for $3,029,800 in earnings. The Victory was all the more special as it was trainer Pat Webster's first Group One winner. "He is a great horse," Webster told Sky Racing. "He deserved it." Webster added: "It's my biggest moment in racing. We've had 16 Group winners but this is our first Group One."
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted of the Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick racecourse this Saturday, 30 September. The Epsom, along with the Doncaster Mile, is regarded as the premier mile handicap on the Australasian racing calendar. The time-honoured feature boasts an honour roll comprising some of the greatest names of the Australian turf, including Nightmarch (1929), Chatham (1932/33), Shannon (1945), Noholme (1959), Gunsynd (1971), Super Impose (1990/91), and of course the mighty Winx (2015). This year a field of 14 high quality gallopers will contest the $1 million feature, headed by Happy Clapper who will carry top weight of 57kg. Among Happy Clapper's rivals are Group One winners Egg Tart, Foxplay, I Am A Star, Sound Proposition, He's Our Rokkii, and Group One-placed gallopers McCreery, Zanbagh and Comin' Through. Click below to view the full Epsom Handicap field.
Jockey Blake Shinn believes Happy Clapper is poised to claim his maiden Group One victory in Saturday's Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick. The Pat Webster-trained 7YO, who has been placed four times at Group One level, will be given every conceivable chance in the $1 million feature after drawing ideally in barrier four. Shinn's confidence is also buoyed by Happy Clapper's last-start performance when he charged home for second (beaten 1.3 lengths) behind champion mare Winx in the Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m) in Sydney. There will be no Winx to contend with on Saturday. "I really hope for Pat Webster's sake that he can get that Group One because he has done an amazing job with the horse. Pat does a lot for the industry and he deserves it," Shinn told racingnsw.com.au. "He has got the best form lines of any horse going in so I'm very confident. He is in with the right weight [57kg] to win." Happy Clapper firmed from $4.50 into $3.60 with TAB after his favourable barrier draw.
The Chris Waller stable is confident that dual Oaks winner Egg Tart (Sebring-Mrs Windsor, by King's Best) will line up in Saturday's Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) after a vet inspection revealed she has an eye irritation to her near side eye, reports racingnsw.com.au. Racing NSW Senior Official Veterinarian, Dr Craig Suann said that the state of Egg Tart's eye meant that she was currently "not suitable" to run in the $1 million feature. Dr Suann will inspect Egg Tart again today to monitor her progress. "Eyes are very sensitive but it also means they are incredibly quick to heal," stable representative Charlie Duckworth said. "The turnaround we saw from Thursday last week to Friday was incredible. We have another 96 hours until the race and I'm sure it won't be an issue at all. If it had been, we wouldn't have accepted." Duckworth added: "She'll go around from a good barrier [barrier one] with a good jockey. She galloped this morning and galloped at Rosehill on Saturday. She hasn't missed a single day." Egg Tart, who resumed with a slashing second behind Deploy in the Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes (1300m) in a track record time of 1:14.92 (final 600 of 33.57), is currently the $5 TAB second favourite for the Epsom behind Happy Clapper at $3.60.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry (Machiavellian-Helen Street, by Troy) celebrated an elite race success when champion 6YO mare Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) stormed home for yet another brilliant last-to-first win in the $500,000 Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Happy Clapper & Foxplay. In claiming her 20th consecutive victory and the 13th at Group One level, Winx improved her remarkable record to 24 wins (including the Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes, Gr1 Cox Plate - twice, Gr1 Caulfield Stakes, Gr1 George Main Stakes, Gr1 Doncaster Mile, Gr1 George Ryder Stakes - twice, Gr1 Chipping Norton Stakes - twice, Gr1 Epsom Handicap, Gr1 Queensland Oaks, Gr2 Chelmsford Stakes, Gr2 Warwick Stakes – twice, Gr2 Apollo Stakes - twice, Gr2 Theo Marks Stakes, Gr2 Phar Lap Stakes & Gr2 Furious Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 Australian Oaks & Gr1 Flight Stakes) from 30 starts for $13,475,425 in earnings. Winx, who was a $230,000 Magic Bloodstock purchase at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud, is aiming to create history this spring by joining the legendary Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates. Trainer Chris Waller said Winx was likely to have one more run in Sydney before travelling south to Melbourne for her date with destiny. "She's going terrific. She's spot on. The first Cox Plate she won off three runs. Her second Cox Plate was off four runs and this year she'll probably run in it off her sixth run," Waller said. "It's our job now to protect her and make sure she is there and the public can continue to enjoy her."
Winx will face a maximum of ten rivals when she makes the third appearance of her campaign in Saturday's Gr1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Royal Randwick. The champion mare is currently $1.10 with TAB for the $500,000 weight-for-age feature in which she will be chasing her 20th consecutive win and her 13th at Group One level. Winx is aiming to create history this spring by joining the legendary Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates. Her nearest market rivals on Saturday are Happy Clapper and Le Romain at $15. Click here to view all race nominations for Royal Randwick this Saturday.
At Royal Randwick in Sydney on Saturday, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) added a Group success when 7YO gelding Happy Clapper (Teofilo-Busking, by Encosta de Lago) powered home by 0.8-length for trainer Pat Webster in the $198,000 Gr2 Tramway Stakes (1400m). Given a patient ride by Josh Adams, Happy Clapper defeated 6YO gelding Tom Melbourne (Dylan Thomas) & 4YO mare Invincible Gem (I Am Invincible). The win took Happy Clapper's record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 ATC Villiers Stakes) & Gr3 Newmarket Handicap) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Doncaster Handicap – twice & Gr1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes) from 26 starts for $2,348,800 earnings. He is expected to line up in the Gr1 Epsom Handicap.
Champion mare Winx (Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl, by Al Akbar) will make the second public appearance of her spring preparation when she barrier trials at 8:45am at Randwick this morning. The Chris Waller trainee will contest the opening 1000m heat of the morning in which she will line up against the likes of Gr1 winning colt Invader, Happy Clapper, Pariah, and Daysee Doom. Winx, who was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame in May this year, is preparing for an historic spring campaign in which she will attempt to join the legendary Kingston Town as the only horse to win three Cox Plates. She will open her spring campaign in the weight-for-age Gr2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) at Royal Randwick on 19 August. Click here to view all the Randwick trial information.
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the showpiece event of The Championships – the $4 million weight-for-age Gr1 Queens Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) – to be run at Royal Randwick this Saturday, 8 April. The race takes on special significance as the final autumn appearance of champion mare Winx, who will be chasing her 17th consecutive victory and an incredible 12th at Gr1 level. The world's equal highest rated horse (alongside Arrogate) has drawn perfectly in barrier three and will be partnered by her regular rider Hugh Bowman. Such is Winx's dominance that she is rated a $1.10 chance with Tab, practically rendering the Queen Elizabeth a non-betting affair except for those intrepid punters with Mariana Trench-like pockets. Winx's nearest market rival, Hartnell ($11), will jump from barrier one. The final field is:
On day one of The Championships at Royal Randwick in Sydney, highly talented 6YO US-bred gelding It's Somewhat (Dynaformer-Sometime, by Royal Academy) finally broke through at the highest level when scoring a front running 0.5 length win for trainer John O'Shea in Australia's premier mile race - the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) for 3YO+ - over fellow 6YO geldings Happy Clapper (Teofilo-Busking, by Encosta de Lago) & Sense of Occasion (Street Sense-Saywaan, by Zabeel). The Godolphin-owned It's Somewhat improved his record to 8 wins (including the Gr2 Ajax Stakes, Gr3 Craven Plate & Gr3 Neville Sellwood Stakes) and 10 placings (including the Gr1 Doomben Cup & Gr1 George Main Stakes) from 31 starts for $2,893,679 earnings. Trainer John O'Shea and jockey Zac Purton decided pre-race that the best place to be was on the fence and in front and that is exactly how it worked out as It's Somewhat kicked clear in the straight to hold off the late challenge of Happy Clapper. "We decided we had to ride the race according to how the track was playing and Zac pulled out a perfect ride," O'Shea told Godolphin.com. "It was a tremendous team effort by everyone at home and everyone here on the day."
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile (1600m) to be run at Royal Randwick this Saturday. The capacity field of 20 plus three emergencies is headed by Godolphin's Hauraki who will carry top weight of 57kg. The highest rated horse in the field and favourite for the race is three-time Gr1 winner Le Romain. The Kris Lees-trained 4YO has drawn nicely in barrier six and is currently the $6 Tab market elect ahead of Hauraki (barrier 16) and McCreery (barrier 17) at $8. The only other runner under double-figure odds is brilliant last-start Gr3 Newcastle Newmarket winner Happy Clapper (barrier 2) at $9.50. Click here to view all the Doncaster Mile field on day one of The Championships this Saturday.
Happy Clapper (Teofilo-Busking, by Encosta de Lago) has received a 1kg penalty for the Doncaster Mile after winning last Friday's Gr3 Newmarket Handicap (1400m) at Newcastle. The Pat Webster-trained 6YO will now carry 54.5kg in the $3 million Gr1 feature at Royal Randwick on 1 April.
At Newcastle in the Hunter region of NSW, unbeaten European Champion juvenile & dual Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo-Speirbhean, by Danehill) added a Group success when 6YO gelding Happy Clapper (Teofilo-Busking, by Encosta de Lago) bounded clear for a dominant 3.45 length win for trainer Pat Webster in the $150,000 Gr3 Newcastle Newmarket Handicap (1400m) for 3YO+, over 7YO gelding Got Unders (Southern Image-Frantoio, by Danehill) & 7YO mare Kellyville Flyer (Oratorio-Mountain Echo, by Scenic). Happy Clapper improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr2 ATC Villiers Stakes) and 7 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Doncaster Handicap & Gr1 ATC Queen Elizabeth Stakes) from 23 starts for $1,563,000 earnings. Jockey Blake Shinn said the result was never in doubt. "It was very easy and I'm so delighted to be back on this horse…he rounded them up easily," Shinn told Sky Racing. "Hopefully he can go on to bigger and better things and win a big race." Happy Clapper is expected to have his next start in the $3 million Gr1 Doncaster Mile at Royal Randwick on 1 April.
Champion mare Winx will face eight rivals in Saturday's Gr1 George Ryder Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill. The world's best turf horse will be seeking her 16th consecutive victory and her 11th at Gr1 level in the $1 million weight-for-age event which is one of five Group One features on Golden Slipper day. The Chris Waller-trained mare has drawn barrier eight for the time-honoured event for which she is a $1.15 chance with Tab. According to the market, the only horse expected to pose any sort of threat to Winx is Chautauqua who is rated an $8 chance. Of the original eleven horses nominated, only Black Heart Bart and Happy Clapper failed to accept. The final field is: