Tennyson Bromac provided a highlight on the Sunday Rangiora programme on April 22 by posting a New Zealand record for a three-year-old pacer over the mobile 2000m of 2:23.9, a mile rate of 1:55.7.
The lightly-raced Bettor's Delight colt from Tallulah Bromac (Artsplace-Tandias Courage) made the most of a good trip on the outer from Tim Williams in the Kotare Downs 3YO Stakes, justifying his favouritism over the closing stages.
He held late closer Hundie by half a length to reduce the previous NZ record of 2:24.7 set by Ears Burning, also at Rangiora, two years ago.
With the comparable distance at Addington run over 1950m in recent years, the last 3YO 2000m NZ record at Addington was the 2:26.1 recorded by Franco Enforce when taking out the 1996 NZ 3YO Sires Stakes Final.
Auckland Reactor holds the all aged NZ mobile 2000m record at 2:21.8, set at Addington in 2008, while champion mare Armalight still retains the NZ mares mobile 2000m record of 2:23.5, set when brilliantly winning the 1981 NZ Free-For-All at Addington.
Tennyson Bromac was recording his third win in nine starts for the Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen stable, taking his earnings to $30,055.
He was luckless from a horror draw in his only start in the big time in the Gr. 1 $156,400 NRM NZ Sires Stakes 3YO Final at Addington last November, doing well to run sixth to stablemate Chase Auckland, who won in a record 1:52.2 rate for the 1950m.
"Tennyson's" weanling brother has been recently sold by Bromac Lodge, but there is an opportunity to buy the dam, Tallulah Bromac, in foal to to a new siring son of Bettor's Delight in Betting Line (p3, 1:47.2f).
Tallulah Bromac is a half-sister to three $100,000-winning mares in Tatijana Bromac ((p3, 1:54.2, 8 wins and $215,578), Tandias Bromac (1:53.7, 14 wins and $193,951) and Te Amo Bromac (1:55.8, 7 wins and $147,252).
She's also the dam of six-win Victorian-based pacer Turbo Bromac (1:59.4), while her first foal Twinkle Bromac (by Rocknroll Hanover), a former $100,000 yearling, was returned to Bromac Lodge for her breeding career and is also on the market.
"Tallulah" and "Twinkle" are daughter, and grand-daughter, respectively of former track star Tandias Courage (1:53.6, USA, 23 wins, 10 in Aust, 13, in the USA), the 2000 Australian 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year, formerly owned by Bromac Lodge and recently purchased by Peter Grant.
Tandias Courage's sister Mother Courage (30 wins & $462,520) was 1999 Australian 3YO Filly of the Year & joint 2002 Australian Aged Pacing Mare of the Year.
This is the same materal family as other Australian stand-outs in in 2015 Inter Dominion champ Lennytheshark (1:49.2, 39 wins and $2.99 million), Classic Garry (19 wins, TT, 1:54.9 and ,550) and Provocative (TT, 1:53.8, Aust, 19 wins and ,662).