Emmett and Sean Daly are having a great ride from the progeny of Falcon Seelster broodmare Ragazza Bromac.
After previously winning seven and $77,169 with the mare's first foal, the now retired broodmare RR Sand Dollar (1:55.5), also trained for her race career by Paul Court, they are on a roll with her younger half-brother, Cast No Shadow.
The Shadow Play colt extended his record to four wins from eight starts when denting a few reputations in the $25,500 McMillan Equine Feeds Sires' Stakes Silver at Addington on Friday, November 30.
Junior driver John Morrison furthered a good record behind the chestnut colt, finishing best from the trail to hold Lazarus's younger half-brother Artstanding, by a neck.
Front-running favourite, Mighty Flying Art, a Art Major brother to Mighty Flying Major (1:55.3) and half-brother to top winners in Flying Pocketlands (1:52.6) and Mighty Flying Mac (1:55.7), was swamped late, finishing third, a head away.
Cast No Shadow rated 1:57.9 for the mobile 1980m, the leaders picking up the speed over their last 800m in 56.5s and 400m in 28.1s.
He won his previous start at Ashburton in NZ Cup week, posting a slick 2:555.5 (1:57.6, mile rate) over the mobile 2400m.
His sire Shadow Play (p3, 1:48.4; p4, 1:47.8, & $1.5 million), is the sire of the winners of over $16 million in North America, and over $4.4 million in Australasia, including Victorian Inter Dominion contender Shadow Sax (1:52.5, 23 wins from 38 starts & $541,830).
Dam Ragazza Bromac is an unraced half-sister to fast US performer SS Sand Dollar (1:49.6, 33 wins & $632,046).
Ragazza Bromac is now also owned outright by the Dalys', after purchasing her from Bromac Lodge, in foal to the young Bettor's Delight sire, Betting Line (p3, 1:47.2f), a few months ago.
Ragazza Bromac (9m Falcon Seelster-Red Delite), is also a half-sister to useful Australian winner Boston Legal (1:56.1, 13 Aust. wins & $53,149).
Her dam Red Delite, a mare by Fame, is the grand-dam of other smart performers in Sandy Annie (p3, 1:55.6, 19 US wins & $101,918) and Australian winner Rockstar Rikki (1:57.5, 10 wins & $57,301).
The family has a strong North American heritage with Ragazza Bromac's grand-dam Miles End Dianne (p3, 1:56.7, seven wins) being the dam of seven winners, five in 2:00 including Miles End Denise (p3, TT, 1:54.6), herself the dam of fast mare Cohiba Mary (1:50.6, 25 wins & $413,389).
Ragazza Bromac belongs to the same maternal family as other big-winning pacers in P-Forty-Seven (p2, 1:52.6; p3, 1:48.6; 13 wins & $647,789), who had success as a sire in Australasia; Carraci Hanover (p2, 1:52f; 1:50.6, nine US wins & $225,008); Good As Goalie (p3, 1:53.2, 10 wins & $245,867); and Have A Good Life (p2, 1:53.6, 34 US wins & $540,539).