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16th of July 2018

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Next Gen weighs against Happy Clapper

SYDNEY’S “Generation Next” are ganging up against defending champ Happy Clapper in the $1 million TAB Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick next spring.

TAB Fixed Odds has opened betting on the feature Group 1 Randwick “mile” with four of the top five in betting among this season’s most outstanding three-year-olds.

Godolophin’s boom colt Kementari, who won Randwick Guineas over the Epsom course last autumn, is early favourite at $6 ahead of Rosehill Guineas winner D’Argento at $8.

Alizee, winner of the Flight Stakes and Queen of the Turf Stakes over the Randwick 1600m, is at $11 alongside Pierata (Magic Millions Guineas winner and runner-up in the Randwick Guineas).

Happy Clapper is a rising eight-year-old but he has been in the best form of his career this season winning the Epsom-Doncaster double and he is also at $11 to repel the charge of young stars Kementari and co.

Trainer Pat Webster has an open mind on Happy Clapper’s spring program but the chances of the gelding defending his Epsom win are slim as the gelding is likely to be weighted out of the big race.

“I’m leaning to taking him to Melbourne for the Memsie Stakes and then the Makybe Diva Stakes,’’ Webster said.

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“He’s coming along nicely, he’s put on 55kg during his break and is stronger than ever so there is no reason he can’t perform at a high level again in the spring.’’

D’Argento is in the early stages of his new season preparation and is pleasing trainer Chris Waller.

“We will see where he fits in,’’ Waller said. “He is going to be quite forward and could be ready for the Missile Stakes (August 4), he has that type of speed.

“There is a chance he could go for the Memsie Stakes and Makybe Diva Stakes.’’

Pierata is the first of the “big guns” to be ready to barrier trial with Greg Hickman entering the exciting galloper for an 800m heat at Warwick Farm on Friday.

Hickman is also readying Pierata for a comeback to racing in the Missile Stakes next month.

TAB’s also opened betting on The Metropolitan with the Waller-trained Egg Tart early favourite at $8 ahead classic-winning trio Ace High (Spring Champion Stakes, Victoria Derby), Dark Dream (Queensland Derby) and Unforgotten (ATC Australian Oaks) all at $11. Brisbane Cup winner Sedanzer is also on the second line of Metropolitan betting.

#THE Australian Turf Club and Racing NSW are moving ahead with plans to construct an all-weather synthetic training track and renovate the main sand track at Royal Randwick.

“An all-weather synthetic surface will bring Royal Randwick in line with all other ATC training centres as we continue to build, maintain and Improve training and racing infrastructure at all of our racecourse,’’ ATC acting chief executive James Heddo said.

BIG RACE BETTING

$1m TAB Epsom Handicap (1600m), Royal Randwick, September 29

$6 Kementari

$8 D’Argento

$11 Alizee, Happy Clapper, Pierata

$15 Comin’ Through, Prompt Response, Unforgotten

$26 and longer the reset

$750,000 The Metropolitan (2400m), Royal Randwick, September 29

$8 Egg Tart

$11 Ace High, Dark Dream, Sedanzer, Unforgotten

$15 Gailo Chop, Hiyaam, Single Gaze, Sir Charles Road, Ventura Storm

$26 and longer the rest

#Markets supplied by TAB Fixed Odds

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