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Padstow Harbour made up for lost time with a fluent success on her first start of the season at Southwell on Wednesday.
While her cause was helped by the departure of the favourite at the second last flight Sean Bowen felt that they already had the front pair covered by that stage.

It was a pleasing first success for the yard with the first horse sent to us by Trevor Hemmings. Padstow Harbour was bred by his son Philip and earned an extra £20,000 on the day under the GB Bonus scheme.

Mares we train have now collected this handsome bonus six times this season. It is a fine initiative which benefits owners, breeders, trainers, jockeys and stable staff.

Padstow Harbour is not the easiest to train as she needs to live outside but she has thrived in the warmer weather over the past few weeks. A big mention must go to Maddy Hand who has put a huge amount of work in at home on the mare following her absence from the racecourse.

Provided she comes out of the race in good order she will run under a penalty at Chepstow on the penultimate day of the season in a similar mares’ novice hurdle which also offers an attractive GB bonus.

Photo Credit: Southwell Racecourse

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