Bromac Lodge success story, Cruz Bromac, stormed into NZ Cup calculations on Sunday, October 14.
Initially developed by Burnham trainer Mark Jones and sold, as a qualified but unraced late two-year-old, to Australian interests, Sunday's win was a triumphant homecoming.
An Australian winner of 15 of 30 starts for $273,804, "Cruz" couldn't have been any less impressive winning the Gr. 3 $28,800 Alabar Methven Cup.
Now seven, the Falcon Seelster gelding from former Bromac Lodge broodmare Crown Defender (Life Sign-Classic Blue Jeans) hadn't raced since July 14.
However, first-up for NZ's champion trainers, Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, Cruz Bromac made it look easy off a 30m mark over the 3000m staying trip on the grass.
After tangling for a couple of strides early, he soon found a good rhythm for driver Natalie Rasmussen four back on the outer behind eventual runner-up, Forgotten Highway.
He tracked up Forgotten Highway four wide on the home turn and sailed on by inside the final 100m to win by 2 and 1/4 lengths.
Cruz Bromac, a Gr. 1 winner of the Len Smith Mile at Menangle in 1:50.1 on July 1 when formerly prepared by Kevin Pizzuto, rated a creditable 2:04 rate for the grass staying trip at Methven, the leaders last 800m in 58.9s.
The Kaikoura Cup, on October 29, is now a likely second lead-up for the $800,000 Christchurch Casino New Zealand Cup at Addington on November 13.
Cruz Bromac's grand-dam, Classic Blue Jeans, now 23, can be secured from Bromac Lodge, free to a "good home."
She's the dam of 10 individual winners (nine in 2:00).
Classic Blue Jeans had early claim to fame, leaving Attorney General (1:48.4, US, 20 wins & $434,952), formerly the fastest NZ-bred pacer.
Her other winners include Cullen Bromac (1:55.1, 20 wins), Crown Counsel (TT, 1:58.1, one), Crown Bromac (1:54.1, 15 wins), Captain Bromac (1:57.8, 15 wins), Chay Bromac (1:59.2, three), Chiquita Bromac (1:58.7, five), Mink Stride (five), Cindy Bromac (1:57.6, three) and Our Charley Bromac (one).
Cruz Bromac's unraced dam Crown Defender was sold, in foal to Courage Under Fire, during the Bromac Lodge disperal sale.
Crown Defender is also the dam of Carter Bromac (p3, 1:52.4, 11 wins & $64,005), Churchill Bromac (1:57.3, 13 wins & $62,811) and Coltrane Bromac (1:57.5, eight wins & $47,568).
Other daughters of Classic Blue Jeans to have bred on include Crown Counsel (by Western Hanover) and Classic Art (by Artiscape).
Crown Counsel (TT, 1:58.1) is the dam of the winners of 67 races, headed by Our Cullens Crown (1:52, US), winner of 46 races (five NZ, 11 NSW, and 30 in the USA), for $490,044.
She's also the dam of Attorney Stride (1:57.5, 13 wins & $80,258), Falcon Crown (five wins & $44,876) and last season's debut Australian 2YO winner Desirable Stride (1:58.6, mile rate, 1650m, one win from four starts).
Classic Art (by Artiscape), who time-trialed in 1:55.1 but did not win in just two starts, left only one foal, before her her death in 2010.
She is the dam of smart West Australian winner Art Connoisseur (1:58.5), winner of 14 races and $83,660,