The late Bob McArdle's vision of securing and promoting quality standardbred lines was highlighted when trot winners, Habibi Inta and Winterfell, delivered at the Cambridge Harness Jewels on June 2.
The front-running 4YO Ruby win of Habibi Inta in 1:56.5 was timely for the recent buyers from Bromac Lodge of his unraced half-sister Habibti Sadie (Pegasus Spur-Ten To One), and her first foal, a weanling three-quarter brother to the Jewels winner.
Habibi Inta (eight wins from 24 starts for $175,417) is the latest Gr. 1 winner for his top producing dam, Ten To One.
He's by top trot sire Love You, also the sire of Habibi Inta's big-winning sisters, Habibti (1:56.5, 16 wins & $352,775) and Habibti Ivy (1:58.4, nine wins from 21 starts for $186,340), and Habibi Inta's good gelded brother, Lothario (1:57.4, six wins & $69,302).
Dam, Ten To One, has also left other smart winners in Releven Dream (1:57.3, 16 wins & $109,587) and Ten Too (seven wins from 17 starts for $46,324).
Winterfell, a half-brother by Majestic Son to former top age group trotter Escapee (Sundon-Una Bromac), again underlined his top age group ranking when leading throughout the $125,000 3YO Ruby.
Raced by breeder Trevor Casey from the All Stars stables of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen, Winterfell made it five wins from seven starts, coming clear by three lengths in 1:58.9 (1609m).
Dam Una Bromac (Live Or Die-Universal Kim, by Holmes Hanover-Kim Bromac, by Bo Scots Blue Chip-Kenton Hanover), continues to shine as a broodmare, now leaving three individual Group winners, headed by Escapee (1:57.4, 11 wins from 39 starts &$272,783), Winterfell (winner of $176,835) and Needle (1:57.4), a winner of 11 from 25 starts including the Group Three Jim Neill Trotters feature at Albion Park in March, for $74,927.
She's also the dam of this season's Australian 2YO trot winner, Caligula (2:01.4).
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 when trained by Leanne Edwards, she scored a Group Two win in the 2005 Meadowset Graphics Challenge Stakes at Auckland, defeating Martina H.
She won eight and racked up 15 minor placings in 70 starts, earning $85,222.
However, Una Bromac could have been expected to pace being a younger half-sister to fast Union Guy pacing 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 Holmes Hanover dam of Ulrica Bromac and Una Bromac, also left Ursula Bromac, an unraced sister to Una Bromac, who has left both a useful trotter and several pacing winners.
Ursula Bromac has left Ushaka Bromac (1:59.3, 16 trot wins & $144,985), and the pacing winners Badlands Bromac (six wins), Put Your Lights On (11 win) and Garbo (one win).