The late Bob McArdle's dream of breeding tomorrow's champions hit another Gr. 1 jackpot with Cruz Bromac at Tabcorp Park, Menangle, on Sunday, July 1.
Cruz Bromac, second-up since joining Kevin Pizzuto's NSW team, showed brilliant gate speed from the six gate in the $100,000 TAB.Com.Au Len Smith Mile.
He was brilliantly-rated by Chris Geary, getting a breather mid-race, then sprinting his last 400m in 26.5s to win decisively by 4.6 metres in 1:50.1 from trailer, this term's Miracle Mile champ, My Field Marshal.
His task was helped by the uncharacteristic early blunder by $1.40 favourite Soho Tribeca, who lost all chance by breaking at the dispatch point.
Pizzuto went into the race extremely confident.
“He worked so well when I fast-worked him yesterday morning I actually told the owner he was a moral,” Pizzuto told the media, post-race.
"As a matter of fact we were so confident we probably won more on the punt then the race was worth so it’s been a pretty good result all around."
Cruz Bromac, who qualified as a late 3YO for Burnham trainer Mark Jones, made an early name for himself in Australia, taking a 1:51.6 mile mark at Menangle at just his third start.
The big Falcon Seelster-Crown Defender gelding went on to win a Casey Classic at Melton, and the Cobram, Hamilton and Warragul Pacing Cups in Victoria, for the Dean Braun stable.
Now six, Cruz Bromac has raced only 28 times for 15 wins and five placings, for $252,975 in stakes.
His dam Crown Defender (Life Sign-Classic Blue Jeans), is also the unraced 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).
His grand-dam and prolific Bromac Lodge producer Classic Blue Jeans (dam of 10 individual winners, nine in 2:00), now rising 23, can still be bought from Bromac Lodge for just $3000 (excluding GST), payable after leaving her first live foal.
Classic Blue Jean's was served last year by the fast USA import, Sweet Lou (1:47).
Classic Blue Jeans had early claim to fame, leaving 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 (1:57.6, three) and Our Charley Bromac (one).
Cruz Bromac's dam Crown Defender was earlier sold, in foal to Courage Under Fire, during the Bromac Lodge disperal sale.
Other daughters of Classic Blue Jeans to have bred on include Crown Counsel (by Western Hanover) and Classic Art (by Artiscape).
Crown Counsel (TT, 1:58.1) is 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.
She's also the dam of Attorney Stride (1:57.5), 13 wins & $80,258, Falcon Crown (five wins & $44,876) and debut Australian 2YO winner Desirable Stride (1:58.6, mile rate, 1650m, one win from four starts).
Classic Art (by Artiscape), who time-trialed in 1:55.1 but did not win in just two starts, left only one foal, before her her death in 2010.
She is the dam of smart West Australian winner Art Connoisseur (1:58.5), winner of 14 races and $83,660,