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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.  Carol Warwick was the State's leading female trainer with 487 winners until Debbie Padberg took that honour on July 4, 2016 when Bad Round became her 488th winner. 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. Debbie Padberg has been a longtime supporter of harness racing in Northam and 155 or 28% of her winners have come at Burwood Park.  The next Northam Harness Racing Club meet will be on Saturday, June 22. Alan Parker Reprinted with permission of The Avon Advocate

Young reinswoman Deni Roberts brought up a major driving milestone when she won at Burwood Park on Friday night behind the Tom Groves trained Hilo Angus. Punters who backed the horse on fixed odds got odds of $101 about the seven-year-old son of Village Jolt but they would be entitled to feel ripped off as Hilo Angus paid a remarkable $171.40 on the tote and $13.10 for the place. It was Deni Roberts' 100th winner since she began race-driving in 2015 with her first winner Leftrightgoodnight coming on third August 2015 at Pinjarra and being trained by her mother Sonia Zucchiatti. She has become just the eighth female driver to reach the 100 wins milestone in Western Australia. Hilo Angus was the first leg of a race-to-race double for trainer Tom Groves who won the next event, the Peter McNeill Memorial, with Affluent Bell. Kellerberrin based Groves has been a stalwart of harness racing for more than 50 years and he has trained more than 440 winners with the bulk of them coming in the North Eastern Districts. Affluent Bell was bred by Albany based breeder Harry Capararo from the good broodmare Shoneer Lobell. Capararo, who also bred Friday night's Gloucester Park winner Im Soxy, passed away early last week and was buried in Albany on Monday. Capararo has bred more than 500 winners in the past 30 years including the Group One winners Rich And Spoilt, Adda Cool Mil, Silver Tail Adda and Cool Adda. The Northam Harness Racing Club's next meeting will be held at Burwood Park on Saturday, May 25. Friday night a big night for the girls on outsiders While Deni Roberts was making her own piece of history at Northam on Friday night, 15 minutes earlier Pinjarra-based Jocelyn Young took out the Group One WA Oaks at Gloucester Park on the $37.40 outsider Has No Fear. Has No Fear is trained at Boyanup by Justin Prentice, for Gloucester Park Harness Racing's Trotsynd Number 12 Syndicate, and he engaged Young for the drive when regular driver Gary Hall Jnr elected to drive the short priced favourite Dracarys. While Dracarys burned early, Young settled Has No Fear near the rear before making her run at the 500 metres mark to hit the front turning for home and then held the finishing burst of Delightfulreaction. Jocelyn Young became just the fifth Western Australian woman to drive a Group One winner in Western Australia and she and her father Kim share a unique record as the only father/daughter to win the WA Oaks. Kim Young won the 1992 WA Oaks with Alfa Dyna for trainer Cass Haese and he also won the 2008 WA Oaks with Ruby Dazzler for trainer Ian Foley. Ruby Dazzler was owned by Northam based owners D. P. Skelton, D. P. O'Driscoll, G. T. O'Driscoll and A. J. O'Driscoll. Jocelyn Young's grandfather Ron Young trained and drove the 1976 WA Oaks third placegetters Pennington while her uncle Shane Young finished third in the 1994 WA Oaks with Chance To Strike for trainer Les Coulson. By Alan Parker Reprinted with permission of Avon Valley and Wheatbelt Advocate

The powerful Greg and Skye Bond combination landed a treble at the harness racing meeting at Northam's Burwood Park on Tuesday night to bring up 200 winners for the season and the stable which produced five winners at Gloucester Park last Friday night should again be to the fore on Friday night. The best of the Bond team's ten runners appears to be Condrieu, with Jungle Jewel, Our Jimmy Johnstone, Barrow Street and Machs A Pearler all having winning prospects. Condrieu will be attempting to complete a winning hat-trick when Colin Brown drives him from barrier six in the 2130m second heat of the Red Dot Cash Schrader Pace. Condrieu has revealed sparkling gate speed from wide barriers to set the pace and score impressively on the past two Friday nights. The Bonds were successful at Northam on Thursday night with Commander Chapel, Zacharia and Kinda Black to improve their record for the 2014-15 season to 200 wins, 138 seconds and 89 thirds from 805 starters. This puts them in second place on the trainers' premiership table behind Gary Hall sen. whose 845 starters have produced 209 winners, 112 seconds and 93 thirds. Ken Casellas  

Shane Butcher led the charge of the Rising Stars at last night's Northam meeting with three of the current leaders each winning races at the meeting.

New Zealand champion Simon McMullan staged a form reversal with an all the way win on the $2.50 chance Life Boat for harness racing trainer Amanda Suvaljko in the first of tonight's heats of the Australasian Young Drivers Championships at Northam.

At its monthly meeting yesterday (Monday November 28) the Harness Racing New South Wales Board nominated Kerry Ann Turner as the state's representative for the 2012 Australasian Young Drivers Championship in Perth.

Matty White has no regrets about leaving his homeland for a new harness racing life in Western Australia. In fact the 26-year-old Kiwi has no intentions of returning home - except to visit family and friends.

The Gloucester Park harness racing meeting on Monday August 1 will see the commencement of the new start format of 7x5 for all meetings at tracks which previously utilised a 9x3 format. The change affects meetings at Gloucester Park, Pinjarra and Bunbury tracks while the tracks at Northam and Harvey will continue to use the 7x5 format which has proved so successful.

Next Tuesday's meeting at Northam will mark the 50th Anniversary of running of the first race meeting by the revamped Northam Harness Racing Club. Northam club manager Verna Freind has named next Tuesday's (september 14) races after the five Presidents of the Club and is planning celebrations on-course to mark the milestone for the Avon Valley club.

Moonlight Rockhole became Northern Luck's latest derby winner when he took out the North Eastern Derby at Northam last Saturday (February 27). Jumping straight to the front from the No. 3 gate, the gelding always looked in control and, despite being pressured by stablemate and race favourite Ultimate Fighter in the last lap, prevailed by 1.7 metres on the line.

The 2009 RWWA Rising Stars harness racing winner Morgan Woodley has taken the lead in the 2010 series after driving a winner at Bunbury last Saturday and winning last night's (Tuesday) South West Derby with Aussie Terror.

The Jenna's Beach Boy horse Dr Drew (1:49.6), who died after just two seasons at the stud in Western Australia, was credited with his first two-year-old harness racing winner when Torrevean Amunindi emerged successful at Northam on Boxing Day night.

A new $1m under-cover stabling complex will be officially opened at Saturday night's WASBA Country Oaks and BOTRA Country Cup meeting at Northam. The new stalls are the first fully undercover stalls built in Western Australia and the design has taken into account the various environmental issues associated with the racetracks close proximity to the picturesque Avon River which runs along the tracks north-eastern boundary.

Jett Dee, favourite at 5-1 on, gave a bold frontrunning display to win the Hankook Tyres North-Eastern Derby at Northam's Burwood Park on Tuesday night. Jett Dee, favourite at 5/1 on, gave a bold frontrunning display to win the Hankook Tyres North-Eastern Derby at Northam's Burwood Park on Tuesday night.

Splendid efforts by veteran pacer Eurodollar on South-West tracks last month point to the nine-year-old being the horse to beat in the Australia’s Got Talent Stakes over 2536m at Gloucester Park on Friday night.

An $8000 prelude for 3-Year-Old fillies at Kellerberrin on Saturday (March 22) is the final lead-up before the $35,000 2008 Daintys Daughter Classic at Gloucester Park Friday week.

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