Jay, left, and Sailesh Abernethy after their win in the series for brother reinsmen at Oamaru on Saturday.
Jay Abernethy added another milestone for the season with his win in the series for brother reinsmen at Oamaru on Saturday.
Abernethy and his younger brother, Sailesh amassed 14 points in the five-race series to edge out the Williamson brothers, Nathan and Matthew.
Jay took the individual title with eight points. He drove Boomer Bailey and Scotlynn Mach to win.
Scotlynn Mach came from back in the field to down the pacemaker, Smart Caesar (Nathan Williamson) by half a length in the final race and clinch the series. The Abernethys and Williamsons had been equal on 10 points before the race.
Jay drove Boomer Bailey to an all the way win in the first race.
The Abernethys, of Indian descent, were contesting the series for the first time. It was the fifth renewal.
Jay, 31, has been race driving for 12 years and won the 2006 Australasian Young drivers series. He has been training since early 2007, taking over the Papakura stable of grandfather, Kevin. He set up a stable in Palmerston North in October and had immediate success with Aceman winning two races at the Manawatu meeting that week. A hydro treadmill is a feature of the Papakura stable.
Jay posted his 100th training win with Our Southern Man at the Morrinsville meeting on November 6. He has won 352 races in New Zealand as a reinsman.
Sailesh, 29, has driven 69 winners in six seasons as a reinsman. He has 16 wins this season, his first as an open horseman.