Cruz Bromac equalled his lifetime best mile rate of 1:51.6, set firstly as a late 3YO at Menangle, with a stunning 6YO return to racing at Melton, Victoria, on Saturday night, January 27.
In his first start for a year, the Falcon Seelster-Crown Defender gelding overcame the three off the second row over the 1720m dash and raced three wide for much of the race.
Held up three wide with cover, driver Chris Alford sent the favourite on a searching run four wide from the 800m.
The big Dean Braun-trained pacer levelled up to front-running Mar Nien and ran clear beginning the final 400m, winning emphatically by 5.7 metres.
The win came off the back of an impressive Kilmore trial on January 16, when he defeated champion Lennytheshark in a 1:58.5 rate for the 2180m, pacing his last 800m in 56.6s.
Bromac Lodge are offering two colt close relatives of Cruz Bromac, now a winner of 13 of 23 lifetime starts, for $168,475, at the NZ Premier Yearling Sale in Christchurch on February 14.
Lot 347, Cassius Bromac, is from the first crop of the fast USA pacer He's Watching (p3, 1:46.8), from Cozette Bromac (McArdle-Crown Defender, by Life Sign-Classic Blue Jeans).
Cassius Bromac's unraced dam is half-sister to Cruz Bromac (p3, 1:51.6), Carter Bromac (p3, 1:52.4), Churchill Bromac (1:57.3) and Coltrane Bromac, and this month's Marlborough grass winner, Caviar Bromac.
Cozette Bromac's first foal to race is the race-placed Southland maiden Champagne Bromac, who has been twice third from only eight starts.
Lot 313, Carlos Bromac, by champion sire Bettor's Delight, is from Cha Cha Bromac (Art Major-Classic Blue Jeans), an unraced half-sister to Crown Defender (afore-mentioned dam of Cruz Bromac etc) and 10 individual winners of 77 races.
Grand-dam Classic Blue Jeans (by Camluck) has been a top producer for Bromac Lodge, with her first foal being the trend-setting Attorney General (1:48.4), formerly NZ’s fastest-bred pacer.
Attorney General won nine in NZ including a Franklin Cup, then added another 11 wins in the USA, retiring with earnings of $434,952.
Classic Blue Jean’s other winners are: Crown Bromac (1:54.1), Cullen Bromac (1:55.1), Captain Bromac (1:57.8), Chiquita Bromac (1:58.7), Chay Bromac (1:59.2), Crown Counsel (TT, 1:58.1), Mink Stride (2:00.9), Cindy Bromac (1:57.6) and last Thursday's Wangaratta, Victoria, maiden winner, Our Charley Bromac.
Falcon's Blue Jean (1:51.8, US), a Falcon Seelster half-brother to Classic Blue Jeans (Camluck-Oh Please, by Albatross), was smart winning six in NZ. He has added another 22 USA wins, taking his earnings to over $440,000.
Another $100,000 winner from Oh Please is The Majority (by Art Major), who has won 15 of 68 starts for $108,791 in Australia.