Cruz Bromac will have to overcome a second row barrier to win the $500,000 Tabcorp Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final at Melton on Saturday, December 15.
The Bromac Lodge-bred pacer has drawn barrier nine, two on the second row, following out the former Barry Purdon-trained pacer Can’t Refuse, who has performed creditably through the series for Victorian trainer, Danny Craven.
Cruz Bromac will be looking to maintain his unbeaten run through the series.
He has a great chance to add to the Group One list of Bromac Lodge-bred winners.
Cruz Bromac was untroubled to lead throughout in the third round of series heats at Cranbourne last Saturday, recording the fastest heat win.
He rated 1:56.5 for the mobile 2555m, holding fellow NZ contender (Im) Pats Delight, who also holds interest for Bromac Lodge, being from a Falcon Seelster mare.
Bob McArdle kept the Falcon Seelster legacy going, after Falcon Seelster died in 2011.
He marketed Falcon Seelster frozen semen from Bromac Lodge, with semen straws again available this season.
Cruz Bromac and stablemate Spankem, also a heat winner on Saturday, give the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable a strong dual attack in Saturday's Grand Final.
Spankem, another with a link to Bromac Lodge being from the same family as broodmare Amaretto Bromac, is now the outright favourite for the Grand Final after drawing barrier five on the front row.
Cruz Bromac, and Im Pats Delight, are joint second favourites.
Natalie, who has driven both in their heat racing, is to make a decision on who she drives in the final on Tuesday.
Co-trainer Mark Purdon will drive the other Allstars Stables runner.
The Grand Final barrier draw is: Galactic Star 1, Can’t Refuse 2, Im Pats Delight 3, Mach Doro 4, Spankem 5, Maximan 6, Tiger Tara 7; 2ND ROW: San Carlo 8, Cruz Bromac 9, Our Uncle Sam 10, Wrappers Delight 11, Audi Hare 12, Cash N Flow 13.
It was a case of dual success for the Cruz Bromac family over the weekend, with Cindy Bromac scoring at Addington on Friday, in a career best 1:56.6 rate for the 1980m.
Cindy Bromac, a five-year-old Somebeachsomewhere mare, is from a prolific Bromac Lodge producer in Classic Blue Jeans, the dam of 10 individual winners (nine in 2:00) and the unraced Crown Defender (dam of Cruz Bromac).
The first foal from Classic Blue Jeans was the history-making 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 (1:56.6, four) and Our Charley Bromac (one).
Claasic Blue Jeans, now 23, has three daughters already that are breeding on to strong effect.
Crown Defender, besides leaving Cruz Bromac, 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).
The others are Crown Counsel (by Western Hanover), 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; and Classic Art (by Artiscape) (by Artiscape), who died in 2010 and left only one foal, the smart West Australian winner Art Connoisseur (1:58.5), winner of 14 races and $83,660.