No-one would have had more of a buzz from the win of Itsbeenforever at Methven on Sunday, April 15, than the late Bob McArdle.
Bob was excited to buy Life Of Luxury, the dam of the aptly-named winner Methven winner, who entered the breeding barn with a 1:51 North American record and a big race win in the 2008 ,000 Lady Of Liberty Final.
Life Of Luxury retired with earnings of ,604 from 12 career wins.
She won eight in NZ when prepared by Ellesmere trainer Dean Taylor, including a NZ Yearling Sales Series Southern Graduate at two and the 2005 $126,000 PGG NZ Yearling Sales Series 3YO Fillies Pace.
She also recorded thirds in a NZ Oaks and a NZ Premier Mares Championship.
Life Of Luxury left a big-winning first foal in Lancelot Bromac (by Art Major), a 1:53.8 performer in Queensland and the winner of 22 races for $246,358, but had subsequently become a shy breeder.
Itsbeenforever, a 4YO gelding by Mach Three prepared at West Melton by Paul Young, arrived four years after Lancelot Bromac. He won at just his second race start.
There is another four-year gap until her next foal, a now weanling He’s Watching filly foal from an embryo transfer, named Sophia Bromac.
Bob McArdle had a soft spot for Life Of Luxury’s maternal family, as she’s a descendant of the Coo Doo family, responsible for producing top pacers of yesteryear in Palestine (18 wins), Barbara Del (9 wins incl. NZ Welcome Stakes), Derby, Bahrein (1:53.8, US), 2010 NZ Derby winner Captain Peacock, and English Elegance (1:53.2 US, 13 wins & $291,236).
Life of Luxury is also a half-sister to Joys Underworld (p3, 1:57.7, 4 wins), the dam of smart Australasian winner (Watch) Pulp Fiction (1:51.4, 18 wins & $163,272).
Securing quality broodmares for Bromac Lodge was Bob’s passion.
Sadly, Bob has passed but the Bromac name will live on as the breeds he brought together are now finding new homes with an opportunity for others to continue Bob’s good work.
Peter Grant, of Grant Enterprises, recently secured Life Of Luxury (last served by Sweet Lou) and her He’s Watching weanling.
Mr Grant has also purchased other former Bromac Lodge mares in Morad (sister to 2008 NZ Cup winner Changeover), Tandias Courage (dam of three $100,000-plus winning fillies), her daughter Tatijana Bromac (p3, 1:54.2), and the latter’s Somebeachsomewhere filly foal.
Lisa Fabri, Bob McArdle’s daughter, is very grateful for the support of Mr Grant and others in continuing the dreams of breeding winners from mares formerly owned by her late father.
“We are touched at the amount of people who have come to us and said they want to buy one of Bob’s horses,” said Mrs Fabri.