Newcastle pacing: Brad Elder’s luckless run continues with heavy fallvideo

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Brad Elder in hospital on Sunday.Louth Park reinsman Brad Elder was still in John Hunter Hospital late on Sunday awaiting results of scans after a heavy fall at Newcastle Paceway on Saturday night.
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Elder was driving Flash Anatomy for trainer Richard Williams early in the opening race when the six-year-old gelding bucked and fell at the back of the field, catapulting the Newcastle premiership winner into the track.

The race continued and was won by the Sam Dimarco-trained Black Silhouette.

Elder was taken to hospital with cuts and bruises on his face, elbows and back and had scans to check for breaks orfurther damage.

His father, trainer Darren Elder, said Brad was conscious and the most pain was in his face and back.

”He’s just got a lot of bruising and soft tissue damage,” Darren said.“Hopefully we’re going home tonight.”

Darren said the fall was Brad’sthird in three months.Brad finished tied for the Newcastle drivers’ premiership with Mark Callaghan last season. He spent two months out with abroken wrist in early 2016 from a fall and suffered a broken nose and grazed face in another later that year.

Meanwhile, Madi Young drove a winning double at Newcastle with Mastersign for Greg Coney and Dawson Street for Darren Elder.

At Menangle Park, Ellalong trainer-driver Michael Formosa’s Ultimate Art was second in the group 3 Brian Hancock Cup behind Mach Doro.

Hunter reinswomanLauren Tritton, meanwhile,returned to hospital for further treatment on Sunday afternoon afterbeing bitten by a redback spider during the warm-up for her first drive, in race two, at Menangle.

Tritton was stood down from the program and went to hospital but was released on Saturday night.

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