Zeuss Bromac (3c Bettor's Delight-Zeta Bromac), from the last Bromac Lodge draft entered at the NZ Yearling Sales by the late Bromac Lodge founder Bob McArdle, became a 1:51.9 miler at three, first-up since August, at Menangle (NSW) on Tuesday, January 28.
Making his 3YO debut, Zeuss Bromac is now prepared by Paul Fitzpatrick after former young NZ trainer Zachary Butcher reluctantly sold his share in the colt following his brave fourth in the Australasian Breeders Crown 2YO colts and geldings Final at Melton five months ago.
"Zeuss" continues to race this season for Bromac Lodge, Lynette Philpott, Slingsby Holdings Ltd, Dave Hardie and Stuart Welch.
The promising colt also managed a NZ Harness Jewels Emerald third placing in five 2YO starts for Butcher and credited the horseman with his first training win at Auckland on June 28.
He had the last laugh after being passed in for $20,000 at the Karaka Sales in 2018, stepping up to the top level at two.
Even though a hot $1.85 favourite in a moderate Tuesday race, “Zeuss” showed his class, easing to third from the ace early, then moving up parked into the first turn. He dropped in to trail leader Crunch Time rounding the last turn, then was too good over the final 150m, coming clear by 4.9 metres for driver, Gavin Fitzpatrick.
Zeuss Bromac, the first foal from speedy lightly-raced Mach Three-Zante Beach filly Zeta Bromac (1:55.5, five wins from nine starts), has banked $48,675 in six appearances with the promise of a rewarding few months ahead.
Dam Zeta Bromac will be represented again at the upcoming NZ Bloodstock Yearling Sales in Christchurch on February 18 and 19, by her third foal, Glenledi Elvis, a colt by A Rocknroll Dance, being offered by Grant Enterprises Ltd and prepared at Wingatui by Graham and Anne Mee.
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 in March, 2018, to Peter Grant, of Milton.
The family boasts plenty of "black type" winners with "Zeta's" dam, Zante Beach (1:59, 16 wins & 115,160), being 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).