Debut win in NSW for Brad Widdup's expensive new filly Paprena

Horse racing was one sport that didn't stop over the COVID-19 shutdown, with most race meetings going ahead across the country.

Hawkesbury Race Club held regular race meetings, with the racing NSW and government restrictions in place.

Big win: Hawkesbury Trainer Brad Widdup with jockey Winona Costin at Hawkesbury Race Club Limited. Picture: Geoff Jones.

Big win: Hawkesbury Trainer Brad Widdup with jockey Winona Costin at Hawkesbury Race Club Limited. Picture: Geoff Jones.

On Tuesday of last week the club hosted a seven race program with some good local talent hitting the track.

In race one, Tommy Wong's Thrive In The Home took out the top spot by a full length with fellow local trainer Pitjara trained by James Cummings coming in third.

Race three saw Hawkesbury horses take out the top three spots in the XXXX Gold Provincial & Country Maiden Handicap (1100m).

Leading Hawkesbury trainer Brad Widdup saw his three-year-old filly Paprena, ridden by Tommy Berry, take out a solid win by two lengths on debut in NSW.

Mike Van Gestel's gelding Titan Star and Terry Croft's Bartandthequeen followed in second and third.

Heading into the race Paprena was an expensive and lightly-raced filly, transferring from Victoria to NSW just six weeks ago.

Paprena was at $13 and after reportedly being difficult to load into the barriers she broke away and made a great start to her NSW career with the easy win.

The Widdup and Wong wins lifted the number of winners prepared by Hawkesbury trainers so far this season to 125, with 12 in June.

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