BRAD Rawiller started the New Year just the same way he finished the last - with a winner.
Rawiller partnered the Mick Kent trained Summer Gem to win the New Year Handicap at Flemington.
After an exasperating spring, thwarted by a series of suspensions, Rawiller has been in extraordinary form since mid November.
Summer Gem, a $25,000 yearling, resumed with a surging win to break her maiden status and give Rawiller his 41st winner since November 12.
During that period, Rawiller has catapulted himself from well off the pace to shoot to the top of the Victorian jockey’s premiership.
Rawiller has now ridden 71 winners, four more than Dean Yendall, who led Rawiller by double digits on November 12.
He’s ridden a winner at 24 meetings since November 12 with 11 multiple sets of winners.
Summer Gem, backed from $5 to $4.40 favourite, charged through an opening over the final 100 metres to win by three-quarters of a length from Nadeem Lass, $4.60, with a neck to Double Dee, $7, third.