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Published by Jeff Scott in News · 15 December 2019
The late Bromac Lodge founder, Bob McArdle, could never have imagined when he bred Una Bromac, she would leave an Inter Dominion Trotting winner in 2019 IRT Auckland champ, Winterfell.     
Coming hard on the heels of breeding last month's NZ Cup winner Cruz Bromac, the late Mr McArdle's pursuit for excellence shone again at Alexandra Park, Auckland, on Saturday, December 14, as he played his part in the make-up of Winterfell.
But nature had it’s say when a pacing family the late Mr McArdle had been associated with for several decades, began to deliver quality trotters, with Mr McArdle selling the progeny.
Una Bromac is pacing-bred, being represented by a generations of successful Nevele R pacing sires.
The family is sprinkled with plenty of speed pacers, but only in the last two generations has a trot line emerged.
Una Bromac, by Live Or Die, is from Universal Kim, by Holmes Hanover from Kim Bromac, by Bo Scots Blue Chip from Kenton Hanover, by Boyden Hanover from Bachelor's Advice, by yet another pacing sire in Bachelor Hanover from Petulus, by Stormyway.
The main claim to fame for Una Bromac was she was a younger half-sister to fast Union Guy mare Ulrica Bromac (1:49.6, US), formerly NZ’s fastest-bred female pacer.

A winner of 14 in NZ, Australia and North America, for earnings of
$242,840, Ulrica Bromac has left a USA winner in Ave Ulrica (p2, 1:56.4; p4, 1:54.2; three wins & $30,556).
Universal Kim, the one-win pacing dam of Ulrica Bromac and Una Bromac, also left Una Bromac’s unraced sister Ursula Bromac, the dam of Ushaka Bromac (T; 1:59.3, 16 trot WA wins & $144,985), now herself the dam of pacing winners in Put Your Lights On ($35,370) and Badlands Bromac ($34,727).
This a family further back of other notable pacing winners in Allwoods Chief ($465,497), Exhilarator ($86,214), Our Aynsley (1:56.2, $263,071), Treasure Trail ($162,158), Emissary ($132,839), Banyula Fella ($53,525), Aleppo Lady ($80,545), Pacifics Mate ($135,765), and 10-win NZ pacers of the 1960s and 70s in Golden Oriole and Hakim.
Mia Mocca, a Local Light sister to Golden Oriole and half-sister to Hakim, became the five-win pacing grand-dam of 1996 Chariots Of Fire 4YO pacing winner and Miracle Mile placegetter, Beefy T (1:56.7, 15 wins & $369,331).
Una Bromac won eight races when raced and managed by Christchurch-based Lonestar Restauranteur and Game of Thrones fan, Trevor Casey, who subsequently bred and races Winterfell on his own account.
Winterfell is a half-brother to Mr Casey’s former top filly/mare Escapee (1:57.4, 11 wins from 39 starts & $272,783), while he’s also a half-brother to good Australian winner Needle (1:57.4, 16 wins & $122,4810), and another smart Australian winner, Caligula (1:56, seven wins & $54,833).
Una Bromac was a good trotter herself when co-raced by Mr Casey in Canterbury with Bruce Negus, and associated trainers of the time in Craig Parsons and Todd Woodward.
Latterly, when raced by Mr Casey on his own account in the north, she scored a Group Two win in the 2005 Meadowset Graphics Challenge Stakes at Auckland when prepared by Leanne Edwards, defeating
subsequent Dominion Handicap dead-heater, Martina H.
Winterfell, now five, as most expected, controlled the $147,000 H R Fisken & Sons Inter Dominion Trot Final from the two barrier, leading out, trailing, then working to the front again for Rolleston co-trainer and driver Mark Purdon.
The big five-year-old had to be nursed round the final turn, according to Purdon, being headed briefly in the run home by Massive Metro (outer), but kicked strongly to hold on from a late charge along the sprint lane from trailer, Majestic Man.
Winterfell won by half a neck in a strong 3:21.6 for the mobile 2700m, outside his NZ record heat win, but he stuck to his task over his last 800m in 58.2s.

This was his 12th win in 25 starts for Mr Casey, taking his earnings to $363,230.

The Inter Dominion Grand Finals night was another complete domination for the all-conquering Allstars stables of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, who won seven of the eight races they contested, and ran second in the other.

They also delivered with hot favourite Ultimate Sniper in the $500,000 IRT 2019 Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final, who went through the pacing series unbeaten.

The champion 4YO again had to do it tough, improving parked over the last 1700m, but outmuscled his opposition, heading leader AG’s White Socks early in the run home, then holding off late closer Mach Shard, from three back on the markers.

Allstars stablemates, The Fixer and Cruz Bromac rushed home wide out for third and fourth, respectively, with Ashley Locaz, the fifth All Stars finalist, making late ground for sixth.

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