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Tralee Bromac, an eight-year-old daughter of Royal Mattjesty and Timpany Franco (Falcon Seelster-Tangible Franco), lowered her lifetime mile best of 1:50.9 at Menangle, NSW, on Saturday, December 1.
A Group Three place-getter and an earlier 1:51.8 winner, Tralee Bromac was notching her first win in eight starts this season, and her 11th from 97 lifetime starts, for $11,830 in earnings.
Tralee Bromac, trained by Ian Wilson, was given every chance for her career best run, trailing for driver Jimmy Douglass.
She unleashed a strong finish, coming clear by 9.2 metres, the leaders finishing off with a fast final 400m in 26.6s.
The fast credit is timely for the relatively new owners of a yearling Sportswriter half-sister to Tralee Bromac, who was sold a few months ago during the Bromac Lodge dispersal sale.
Tralee Bromac, the first to race and first winner from Timpany Franco, ran third in the 2017 Gr. 3 Garrard's A Piccadilly Princess Stakes at Menangle, behind Delightful Jade and Bluecolla Moon.
Her dam Timpany Franco, who retired after only three starts, is a great grand-daughter of 1979 NZ Messenger 4YO Championship-winning mare Tempest Tiger (1:58.5), who won seven of only 12 race starts.
Tempest Tiger subsequently left the 1993 Australasian Grand Circuit champion Franco Tiger (TT, 1:53.9, 43 wins & $991,387), along with other top winners in Kinda Smooth (16 wins), OK Tiger (1:57.78, 12 wins), Franco Take Off (1:52.2, US) and Franco Timor (1:56.8).
Tango Franco, the grand-dam of Timpany Franco, won only twice, but made her mark as a broodmare, leaving 14 foals, six in 2:00, including This Time Franco (1:57.9, 10 wins & $249,151), Franco Thunder (1:51.4, 44 wins & $199,928), and 1996 NZ Oaks and former NZ Aged Mare of the Year, There's A Franco (1:57.7, 13 wins).
This Time Franco, the 1992 NZ 2YO Pacing Filly of the Year, has bred on, becoming the grand-dam of stand-outs, Motu Crusader (1:52.9, 27 wins & $361,343), Motu Treasure (1:55.9, 19 win & $191,566) and this month's Victorian Inter Dominion contender, Motu Meteor (1:55.4, 14 wins & $251,395).
Their dam, Silksngems is also the grand-dam of Motu Premier (1:53, 18 wins & $359,558) and capable filly/mare, Caitlyn Clarke (1:53.7, eight wins & $94,282).
Top mare There's A Franco became the dam of Franco The Man (1:51.6, US, 19 wins & $185,496), There's A Dancer (1:58.9, 4 wins), Franco Tijuana (1:56.4, 15 wins & $74,318) and Franco Torres (1:56.5, Aust, 11 wins & $103,598).
There's A Dancer has also bred on, leaving Bracken Ridge (1:56.1, eight wins & $54,972), McClinchie (1:54.8, 12 wins & $127,802) and Ocean Ridge (1:55.3, six wins & $66,033).
Another Tango Franco daughter in Tory Franco is the unraced Falcon Seelster dam of seven to race for seven winners, all in 2:00 or better, including Sir Artsplace (1:55.2, 21 wins & $190,223) and Luksam (1:55.3, 13 wins & $163,143).
 Other descendants of Tempest Tiger have left top WA winner, Three Blind Mice (1:55.3, 16 wins & $300,495), along with Norvic Nightowl (1:53.4, 19 wins & $234,713) & Tiago Bromac (1:54.8, 12 wins & $94,765).

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