Day At The Track

Padberg poised to break record

02:55 AM 06 Jun 2019 NZST
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Padberg's horses Antagonistic (No. 7) and Village Benny (No. 2)
What a night: Padberg's horses Antagonistic (No. 7) and Village Benny (No. 2). In-set: Debbie Padberg on the far right next to driver Luke Edwards.
Jodie Hallows (Paceway Photos)

When Wanneroo harness racing trainer Debbie Padberg left home on Saturday afternoon headed to Northam's Burwood Park she was hopeful of a reasonable night having six starters across five races.

When she left Northam, Debbie had five winners and a second place getter in the truck and not only was five winners at a meeting a personal best, bettering her four winners at Central Wheatbelt on May 1, 2016, it also equalled the State Record for a female trainer.

Debbie now shares with Carol Warwick the record for training the most winners at a meeting. 

Carol Warwick trained five winners at Gloucester Park on June 6, 2003 before repeating the feet a fortnight later when she again trained five winners at Gloucester Park. 

After Saturday night's heroics Debbie Padberg has now trained 557 winners and with 298 of that tally coming in the City she is now poised to eclipse the total of 306 Perth winners trained by Carol Warwick. 

For the record Debbie's six winners on Saturday night were Miss Serena, Village Benny, Amadeo, Allwood Peacemaker and Regal Ambition. 

Her sixth runner Antagonistic finished a close second to Village Benny. 

She won the first four races on the programme and four of the five winners were driven by Luke Edwards with Emily Suvaljko's concession claim being used for the drive on Allwood Peacemaker.

It was also a career best night for Edwards easily surpassing his previous best of a winning double at a meeting and he has now driven 92 winners. 

The win of the 2yo filly Miss Serena was particularly satisfying for Edwards as he broke the filly in after John and Debbie Padberg bought her last year at a yearling sale in Melbourne. 

Edwards is stable foreman for the Padberg stable which has around 24 horses in work including a number of youngsters being educated for racing careers.

The next Northam Harness Racing Club meet will be on Saturday, June 22.

Alan Parker

Reprinted with permission of The Avon Advocate

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