Louth Park reinsman Brad Elder took the lead in the Newcastle drivers’ premiership with victory in his first Glenn Tomlin Memorial final on Saturday night.
Elder drove $3.30 favourite Justarumour to a front-running victory for his uncle, Michael Elder, in the feature race at Newcastle International Paceway to go to 35 wins for the season.
He earlier drew level with Morisset’s Mark Callaghan in the premiership with victory on Greg Brown’s Jumbo Asakei.
Elder has never won the senior title at Newcastle and is keen to convert his chance with just over six weeks remaining in the season.
“Last year I pushed pretty hard for it but then I broke my arm and was out for two months and I just didn’t have enough time to get there,” Elder said.
Elder was born after Glenn Tomlin died in a training track accident 20 years ago. Tomlin was himself a promising reinsman who was running second in the premiership when his life was cut tragically short.
“I haven’t been in it before, and it’s always been going while I was growing up, so I’m pretty happy to win first time in it,” Elder said.
He said Justarumour would be set for the NSW Breeders Classic Regional series at Bathurst this month.
Trainer Bill Tomlin, Glenn’s father, had his first runner, Superstar Glowie, in the final and she was eighth with grandson Joel Butterfield in the gig.
Also on the night, visiting driver Will Rixon had a winning treble with Ideal Investment, Always Amy and Forever Texas.
Ellalong driver Michael Formosa had a double with Seismic, which he trains, and the Aaron Goadsby-trained Takara Truffle, which easily won the Go Girlfriend Series heat in 1.54.6.