Newcastle harness racing: Tomlins thrilled to receive Dick Osborn Medal

LOCHINVAR harness racing stalwarts Pam and Bill Tomlin are coming off their greatest win but not expecting another at Newcastle International Paceway on Saturday night.

RECOGNISED: Pam Tomlin, left, and Bill Tomlin, right, with driver Steve Hedges in 2004. Picture: Darren Pateman

RECOGNISED: Pam Tomlin, left, and Bill Tomlin, right, with driver Steve Hedges in 2004. Picture: Darren Pateman

The Tomlins were given the Dick Osborn Medal for services to the industry at the Newcastle and Hunter Valley awards last week. The couple are life members of the Newcastle Harness Racing Club and remain involved in owning, breeding and training. Pam was the NHRC secretary for more than a decade and Bill was instrumental in constructing the Newcastle track and maintaining it over several stints as curator. They were both friends of Osborn, the late legendary trainer-driver, and said it was a great thrill to take out the award.

Superstar Glowie, the only pacer trained by Bill, will race in the C1 heat of the Menangle Country Series at Newcastle on Saturday night but will start from the extreme outside in gate 10.

“No hope, not from out there,” Bill said. “If Dale [Spencer] drives her out of the gate, she doesn’t get home. She’s going to have to drop out and get a cart and hopefully she gets home. It’s a pretty good field.”

Also at last week’s function, Peter Allen won the Ros Falconer Memorial Award for services to the industry.

The Aaron Goadsby-trained Takara Truffle was named Newcastle Horse of the Year, Clayton Harmey claimed the Newcastle and Hunter Valley premierships, Mark Callaghan and Brad Elder shared the drivers’ titles and Stacie Elliott and Laura Spencer took out the Newcastle lady trainers’ and drivers’ titles respectively.

Yourblueyescrying was most successful filly and Lethal Star the top mare. The Mathew Jenkins Encouragement award went to Jake Hughes.