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Published by in News · 8 February 2018

A week from the NZ Premier Yearling Sales, Bromac Lodge broodmare Maravu Haley (Falcon Seelster-Hayley Franco, by Holmes Hanover-Heather Franco) has left her second qualifier from as many foals.

Her current yearling is Millenium Bromac, a filly by top classic-producing sire Mach Three, and Lot 394 at the Christchurch sale next Wednesday.

Miss Salubrious (3f Auckland Reactor-Maravu Haley), her dam's first foal, qualified at two for the Mark Jones stable at Ashburton last May, clocking 3:06.2 (mobile 2400m).

Maravu Haley's two-year-old daughter, Marianna Bromac, a $30,000 buy at last year's sales by Swannanoa trainer Brendon Hill for himself and partner Noel Bowden, is also on track to win races.

She impressed for driver Blair Orange at the Rangiora trials on Wednesday, February 7, trailing and working clear turning for home.

Marianna Bromac won as she liked by 2 1/4 lengths in 2:33.6 for the mobile 2000m.

Comfortably inside the required time of 2:36.2, Marianna Bromac went to the line strongly over the leaders last 800m in 57.3s and final 400m in 28s.

"She's a very nice filly," Hill said.

"Blair (Orange) said she's good enough to go to the races so there is a two-year-old fillies race (Sires Stakes Heat) at Addington in a fortnight, so we'll look at that."

Hill and Mr Bowden previously raced Dalton Bromac, who still shares the NZ mobile 2200m record of 2:36.1 (1:54.2, mile rate), equalled last New Year's Eve at Auckland by top 4YO Ultimate Machete.  

Dalton Bromac (Major In Art-Desiholmes, co-bred by Bromac Lodge with successful Cambridge trainer-driver David Butcher, who won 11 of 19 NZ starts for $112,583.

Sold to Canadian interests in October, 2015, Dalton Bromac took a 1:52 mark in Canada, but the horse won't extend his career record of 12 wins from 30 starts for $132,803.

"He was racing good over there but got crook and passed away," Hill said.

Hill's latest qualifier Marianna Bromac is from a different family to Dalton Bromac, but is one with Australasian superstar performers filling her third generation.

Marianna Bromac's dam Maravu Haley (1:59.2) is a three-win half-sister to other sub 2:00 performers in Hank Bromac (1:58.6, five wins & $40,410) and Honey Maravu (1:58.4, two wins).

Her grand-dam Haley Franco is a Holmes Hanover sister to two stand-out pacers in Franco Hat Trick (1:52, USA), winner of 30 races world-wide for $659,210; and Franco Heir (1:56.4, 19 wins & $392,272).

Franco Hat Trick, who initially won seven in NZ, won an Interdominion Heat, was the runner-up to Franco Enforce in the 1996 NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Final at Addington for Clevedon trainer Barry Purdon and Queensland owner Greg Brodie.

In Australia, he won the 1997 NSW Pacers Derby and the 1998 NSW Chariots Of Fire, and went on to win 17 times in North America.

Franco Heir, the 2001 NZ 3YO Pacer of the Year, won the 2000 NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Final at Addington for trainer John Hay and ran second in a Great Northern Derby.

In Australia, Franco Heir won 2001 NSW Pacers Derby for trainer Jayne Davies, and was runner-up in a West Australian Derby. He also won an Interdominion Heat win as an older horse.

Another brother to Franco Hat Trick and Franco Heir in Franco Hoover (1:59.6) was also smart, winning nine of 19 starts including the Gr. 2 1995 NSW Sapling Stakes, while a half-sister in Have A Go Franco (by OK Bye) has left six individual winners of 58 races including the top NSW pacers Our Sixpence (1:51.3, 26 wins & ,977), & Threepence (1:57.3, 17 wins & ,306).

The latter, Threepence, is now the dam of four to race for four in 2:00 and three in 1:55, including Perfect Penny (1:58.8) Bebrave (1:54.3, 17 wins & ,010), Ideal Warrior (1:52.9, 12 wins & ,165) and Major Currency (1:54.1, three wins).

Our Sixpence died after leaving only one foal, Golddigger Girl (1:55.3), who had a win and a placing from just two starts.

The family has left a host of other quality winners another generation back, including Franco Highlight (1:55.9, 21 wins ,047) and Helen Franco, the dam of Happy Franco (1:57.9, six wins).

 Happy Franco has bred on becoming the grand-dam of Hollywood Bromac (1:54.3, 19 wins & A156,500), Cool Hampton Bromac (1:56.9, 21 wins & ,440) and Hoagy Bromac (1:55.9, 11 wins & ,095), and great grand-dam of Harlequin Bromac (1:55.5, 13 wins & A61,905).  

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