Hawkesbury trainers continue winning ways as season closes on Sunday

Over the past couple of months, Hawkesbury trainers have been training winner after winner, including a surprise longshot at Newcastle last Saturday.

Brad Widdup sprang a $101 surprise on punters, but Hawkesbury's leading trainer wasn't shocked.

Winner: Brad Widdup speaking to jockey Mitchell Bell after riding Rare Episode to a win. Photo: Adam McLean.

Winner: Brad Widdup speaking to jockey Mitchell Bell after riding Rare Episode to a win. Photo: Adam McLean.

Making the best possible start to his racing career late in the season, Run For Glory (Blake Spriggs) won the 2YO Maiden Plate (1200m), overhauling favorite Papal Warrior.

In clinching his 39th success since August 1, Widdup joined fellow trainer Jason Attard in preparing Hawkesbury's longest-priced winner of the season (the latter scored with another $101 shot, seven-year-old mare Reiby Rhymer, at Bathurst on January 29).

"Though Run For Glory didn't show up in two trials at Rosehill Gardens in May, his work has been a lot sharper since," Widdup said.

"Run For Glory is a nice horse who weighs 540kg, and I believe he can improve further.

"I'll be very surprised if he doesn't go on with it, and manage at least 1400m."

Whilst Widdup scored with Run For Glory on debut, fellow Hawkesbury trainer Karen Outtrim also produced a splendid performance to score first-up with Anne's Gift at Nowra last Friday.

Anne's Gift continued expatriate South African Keagan Latham's superb run of form by climbing off the canvas to land the Benchmark 58 Handicap (1100m).

Sunday's race meeting at the Clarendon track promises to be action packed on and off the field, with school holidays featuring prominently in the club's 'budget-buster' promotion.

"We are making the day affordable for families, who can come and enjoy great racing, facilities and entertainment, whilst not breaking the school holiday budget," said Chief Executive, Greg Rudolph.

The first race is at 12:04pm, with gates opening at 11am.

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