Former NZ pacer Some Excusesomewhere, from the same maternal family as Bromac Lodge broodmare Maravu Excuse, was an impressive first-up winner in Queensland on Tuesday, August 14.
The Somebeachsomewhere gelding showed good gate speed from the ace and justified his short quote, leading all the way for driver Pete McMullen in a career best 1:54.7 mile rate for the 1660m.
Some Excusesomewhere, who initially won three races for Rakauhauka (Southland) trainer Clark Barron, subsequently won impressively at Marlborough in June for the Mark Jones stable.
He was on-sold to the Queensland stable of Chantal Turpin after running second on the second day at Marlborough to the speedy Alta Shelby.
Some Excusesomewhere, from the three-win Falcon Seelster mare Sarah's Excuse (2:01.9), paced his last 800m at Albion Park in 55.2s.
A half-brother to other sub-1:58 pacers in the Live Or Die mares, A Damn Good Excuse (1:57.9, six wins and $44,131) and Genuine Excuse (1:57.1, nine wins and $39,406), Sarah's Excuse is a half-sister to the 2003 & 2004 NZ Cup winner, Just An Excuse (1:55.6, 17 wins from 39 starts for $1,0457,157), who was by Live Or Die.
Sarah's Excuse and Just An Excuse are from My Excuse (Smooth Fella-Good Excuse), the dam of eight individual winners, also including Smooth Maker, the Make A Deal dam of Mach's Gladiator (1:57.7, 12 wins and $100,213).
Maravu Excuse, a qualified Rob Roy Mattgregor mare from Nice Bromac (Live Or Die-No Excuse, by Out To Win-Excuse Me, by Lordship-Excuse Me, by Bachelor Hanover-Highlow), and Some Excusesomewhere, share Highlow as the same fifth and sixth dam respectively.
The family's biggest star, Just An Excuse, the 2003 NZ 4YO and 2004 Aged Pacer of the Year, is a fourth-line descendant of Highlow.
Maravu Excuse, retired after one unplaced start, entered the breeding programme last December, being served by Falcon Seelster.
She is available for sale for $2000 (plus GST).
Her sire Rob Roy Mattgregor (1:49.6, US), won 43 races & $591,414 but met with an early demise in Australasia.
From limited opportunities, he's left 18 NZ winners (including the speedy RR Sand Dollar, 1:55.5 mile rate, 1950m) and 15 Australian winners.
Now six, she's a half-sister to seven winners, including the fast North American winners, Bromac Maravu (1:50.4, 12 wins & $128,509) and Naughty Maravu (1:51.8, 17 wins & $187,641), and the 2012 Listed Menangle Country Final winner, Nikita Bromac (1:53.6, six wins & $52,030).
Naughty Maravu, incidentially, continued a run of placings this year in North America with a third at Yonkers on Tuesday.
This is also the family of big-winning ex-NZ pacers, D B Bopper (1:50, US; 34 wins including the 2000 Queensland Derby, & $509,862), Second Wind (1:49.8, US; 32 wins & $646,683), Sell A Bit (1:51.4, US; 31 wins & $1 million); and 1990-91 NZ 3YO Filly of the Year, Smooth Performer (p3, 1:58.9, nine wins & $191,953), the latter the dam of 2003 Australian Derby winner Franco Sequel (1:51, US; 13 wins & $317,560).