Sean and Emmet Daly, who earlier raced smart mare RR Sand Dollar (1:55.5, seven wins & $77,169) from the Paul Court stable, won second-up with her younger Shadow Play half-brother at Addington on Thursday, April 26.
Cast No Shadow, just the second to race from dam Ragazza Bromac, led throughout the Equine Veterinary Service Mobile Pace at the Timaru meeting at Addington for leading driver Blair Orange, holding by a neck in a smart 1:57.7 rate (1950m).
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 top Australian pacer Shadow Sax (1:53.1, 20 wins from 31 starts & $485,980).
He’s also the sire of the former smart Paul Court-trained pacer Brilliant Strike (1:51.8 & $201,224), Shadow Runner (1:53.6, Bathurst Gold Crown Final winner) and also sired another Addington two-year-old winner this month in Sezana.
Cast No Shadow, a racy chestnut colt, quickened over his last 800m in 56.5s and his final 400m in 27.8s to hold two highly-ranked sons of champion sire Bettors Delight in War Hero and Ultimate Me, the latter fighting well for third after being left parked.
Ultimate Me, on debut for the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable, is a brother to $1 million mare (Our) Dream About Me (1:53.3), and a half-brother to Christen Me (1:49.1 & $2.7 million) and Hands Christian (1:52.5).
Cast No Shadow's dam Ragazza Bromac, an unraced half-sister to fast US performer SS Sand Dollar (1:59.6, 33 wins & $632,046), is now also owned by the Dalys', after recently purchasing her from Bromac Lodge, in foal to the young Bettor's Delight sire, Betting Line (p3, 1:47.2f).
They also own Ragazza Bromac's two other foals, Agavero, an unraced three-year-old filly by Courage Under Fire, and a yearling Mach Three colt from the mare.
RR Sand Dollar (by Rob Roy Mattgregor), the first foal from Ragazza Bromac, had her maiden season at stud last spring, being bred with Rock N Roll Heaven.
Ragazza Bromac (8m 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 & $57,3010.
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).