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Three times Group 1 winner Happy Clapper is the only non-Winx stablemate in the Group 1 $600,000 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Winx, above, is the short priced favourite for the Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

Winx, above, is the short priced favourite for the Chipping Norton Stakes at Randwick. Photo by Steve Hart.

A field of seven will line up in the weight for age Chipping Norton Stakes which will be made up of Happy Clapper, Winx and five of her Chris Waller trained stablemates Patrick Erin, Libran, Brimham Rocks, Egg Tart and Unforgotten.

Winx is the crowd puller as she will attempt to win her thirty-first race in succession and trainer Pat Webster can’t see his charge Happy Clapper turning the tables after running a brave second to the super star mare in the Group 2 $250,000 The Star Apollo Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on February 16.

“He came through the Apollo Stakes well and hopefully he can run second to Winx again. He can’t beat her on what she showed in the Apollo,” Webster told AAP.

“If he runs second he is on target for other races including the All-Star Mile.”

Winx is the winner of the last three runnings of the Chipping Norton Stakes and is marked at $1.07 at Ladbrokes.com.au to make it four on the trot while Happy Clapper is on the second line of betting at $6.50.

Regular rider Hugh Bowman will once again be aboard Winx who has drawn barrier four in the seven horse Chipping Norton Stakes field while Blake Shinn will replace Sam Clipperton on Happy Clapper who will jump from gate three.

Final field for 2019 Chipping Norton Stakes (1600m)

No Last 10 Horse Trainer Jockey Barrier Weight Hcp Rating
1 x1213x75x2 HAPPY CLAPPER Patrick Webster Blake Shinn 3 59kg 118
2 4656x641x4 PATRICK ERIN (NZ) Chris Waller Corey Brown 2 59kg 106
3 0x8378338x LIBRAN (IRE) Chris Waller Glyn Schofield 6 59kg 104
4 2x332222x8 BRIMHAM ROCKS (GB) Chris Waller Tommy Berry 7 59kg 103
5 111x1111x1 WINX Chris Waller Hugh Bowman 4 57kg 132
6 21x53330x3 EGG TART Chris Waller Brenton Avdulla 5 57kg 107
7 121x6138x5 UNFORGOTTEN Chris Waller Kerrin McEvoy 1 57kg 107

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Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.