Trans-Tasman feature wins by last weekend have kept their respective Bromac Lodge-promoted sires, Courage Under Fire and Falcon Seelster, in the limelight.
Bromac Lodge have stored frozen semen available this season from the defunct stallions, with Courage Under Fire, dying in July, 2017, with Falcon Seelster humanely put down in 2011.
Turn It Up, a four-year-old gelded son of Courage Under Fire, won the Group Two $49,750 Lincoln Farms Bloodstock Franklin Cup at just his eighth lifetime start.
At just his seventh race appearance, he ran second in the Group One Woodlands New Zealand Free-For-All at Addington, behind stablemate Cruz Bromac, who held in a NZ record 1:52.5 mile rate for the 1980m.
A one-time nominee for the Victorian Inter Dominions despite his lack of experience, Rolleston co-owner and co-trainer Mark Purdon decided to target the Auckland Cup with him instead after his NZ Cup week racing.
Turn It Up has displayed great manners to compliment his natural ability.
He has already posted the exceptional times of 2:56.9 (2400m stand) at Ashburton on October 22, race-placed in a 1:52.7 rate when second in the NZ Free-For-All, and 3:22.2 (2700m stand) when winning first-up left-handed at Alexandra Park in the Franklin Cup.
After being left parked briefly in the Franklin Cup, Turn It Up worked to the front at the 1700m, then trailed stablemate Ashley Locaz at the 1500m.
He dashed through along the sprint lane to win by a length and a quarter, the leaders running their last 800m in 54.9s and final 400m in 27s.
Turn It Up, from a United States-bred and Australian domiciled Western Ideal mare in O Narutac Bella (1:51.2, 11 wins & $154,536), is the third to race and third sub 2:00 winner for his dam.
Her first two foals are the useful Australian-winning mares in Illawong Bella (1:59.6, two wins) and Perfect Sense (1:55.5, nine wins & $143,530), a runner-up in the Group One 2016 APG 2YO Fillies Final at Menangle, and runner-up in the Group One 2016 Empire Vicbred 2YO Fillies Final at Melton.
The lightly-raced Turn It Up is a $2.40 favourite to win the $250,000 Trillan Trust Auckland Cup over 3200m on New Year's Eve, ahead of stablemate, Dream About Me, at $3.40.
Falcon Seelster, meanwhile, was to the fore across the Tasman with Ellmers Image taking out last Saturday's Group Two $50,000 Inter Dominion Pacing Consolation.
Ellmers Image, a five-year-old Falcon Seelster gelding from Ellmer Joy (by Silk Legacy) had an economical trip from the one draw for trainer-driver, Amanda Turnbull.
After leading early, they eased to trail, then relegated to three back on the markers before unleashing in the run home.
Ellmers Image, a 1:49.9 Menangle miler, had the last say, winning by a neck from Village Witch in a 1:55.5 rate for the 2760m.
From humble beginnings in Canterbury, Ellmers Image has made his mark across the Tasman, taking his record to 13 wins from 48 starts, for $133,315 in earnings.
The Falcon Seelster flag was also carried creditably by Cruz Bromac into third place in the $500,000 Inter Dominion Pacing Grand Final.The placing lifted Cruz Bromac's career earnings past the $500,000 mark, from 20 wins and six placings, in 38 career starts.