A late-closing second on debut at Auckland last Friday night has qualified Zeuss Bromac for the $150,000 McMillan Equine Feeds 2YO Emerald at Addington on June 1.
Zeuss Bromac, a colt by champion sire Bettor's Delight and the first foal from speedy lightly-raced filly Zeta Bromac (1:55.5, four wins from seven starts), is the first horse trained by top young reinsman, Zachary Butcher.
Zac was unable to drive "Zeuss" as he had commitments at the Addington premier meeting the same night.
Zac's father David, for many years one of NZ's top drivers, reined the promising youngster from the outside eight barrier.
David is also a co-owner with Bromac Lodge and Lynette Phllpott of Slingsby Holdings Ltd,
Lynette Philpott previously co-raced Zeuss Bromac’s dam Zeta Bromac, with Baden McArdle and Lisa Fabri.
Zeta Bromac, a Mach Three half-sister to (My) Zach Bromac (1:52, US), Zorro Bromac (1:56.6, Aust) and Zion Bromac (1:56.8, Aust), was sold 15 months ago to Peter Grant, of Milton.
Mr Grant has advised Zeta Bromac has subsequently produced a nice Rocknroll Dance colt, called Glenledi Elvis, and is currently in foal to Rock N Roll Heaven.
Zeuss Bromac, unhurried early from the outside front row draw in Friday’s debut, trailed three back on the outer over the final lap and ripped into his work late, failing by a diminishing head to catch $1.50 favourite Gambit.
Zeuss Bromac, passed in for $20,000 at last year's Australasian Classic Yearling Sale, qualified at Pukekohe on January 15, leading up in 1:59.5 for the 1609m.
His maternal family also featured in North America last week with close relative Machiatto (1:51.4, US) clearing out to win a $11,000 pace at Harrah’s Philadelphia on May 12 by 9 and a half lengths in 1:52.
Machiatto, who won 12 in Australia and has now won two of six USA starts, is from Braeview Express, a half-sister to Zante Beach, the dam of Zeta Bromac.
Braeview Express is also the dam of former Australasian Breeders Crown 4YO Final winner, Dont Hold Back (p2, 1:53.7, 12 wins & $213,435) and Braeview Bomber (1:55.8, 13 wins & $110,245).
Zante Beach (1:59, 16 wins & 115,160), is a half-sister to former Tasmanian Derby winner Garnet River (1:50, US, 33 wins & $555,822); and other sub-2:00 winners, The Godine Machine (1:58.8, six wins), and Western Blaze (1:53.7, 25 wins & $167,310).