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03 December 2020
Happy Clapper Happy Clapper

When Happy Clapper was retired earlier this year, his trainer was never going to be far behind.

One of racing's most popular characters, Pat Webster announced he was calling time on his training career earlier this week, 42 years after taking out his licence.

Best known as the trainer of Happy Clapper, one of the few horses brave enough to regularly take on Winx, Webster will saddle up his final runner, Kosciusko, at Newcastle on Saturday.

"To come down from Clapper's level to Kosciusko running at Newcastle on Saturday has been pretty difficult," Webster said.

"When Clapper was in work it was like going to the track on a magic carpet ride from the farm and after he retired it was like driving a B-Double."

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