Robbie Close has landed the plum drive on Dalton Bromac in the race for junior drivers at Addington on Friday night.
Dalton Bromac has won four of his five starts and finished third in the other, all at Addington, since joining the Kaiapoi stable of Brendon Hill early in June. Ricky May has been the driver.
Dalton Bromac transferred from the Cambridge stable of John and David Butcher after being bought by Hill and Noel Bowden, of South Auckland. Dalton Bromac had a win at Cambridge and a second in three starts for the Butchers in the ownership of David Butcher and Bromac Lodge, operated by Bob McArdle.
Bowden has raced other horses from the Hill stable among them Bromac Maravu (six wins before being sold to America) and Neesey Bromac. Dalton Bromac, a 4-year-old by Major In Art, is the last of eight foals left by Desiholmes, an unraced half-sister by Holmes Hanover to Barachias, winner of two races in New Zealand for the Butchers and 14 in Australia.
Dalton Bromac traces to Mischievous, who left Tobias, winner of 17 races for the stable. He won at the top level at Alexandra Park.
He won the 1968 Franklin Cup there from a 72 yard (66m) handicap and a Rotorua Cup from 66 yards.
Desiree, a half sister by U Scott to Tobias and winner of eight races, continued the family for the Butchers. Abdias (10 wins including the Messenger and Noel Taylor Mile in the 1991-92 season) and Josias (Thames Cup and Messenger in 1974-75) also belong to the family.
Christen Me is an additional nomination for the National Handicap at Addington on Friday night. He is off 30m.
The connections of Seel N Print are keen for the horse to make the trip from New South Wales for the $700,000 New Zealand Cup on November 11.
"The connections felt it was a good option when we contacted them last week concerning a nomination," said Brian Rabbitt, the racing manager of the New Zealand Metropolitan Trotting Club.
Seel N Print won a Group III free-for-all at Menangle on Saturday in 1.52.1 following a Group III free-for-all win there five days earlier.
Seel N Print has won the Group II Brian Hancock Cup at Menangle in 1.50.2 and finished second to Beautide in the Interdominion Final in March. He has won 10 races since transferring to the stable of Todd McCarthy. Seel N Print had won 13 races including the Western Australian Derby in Perth. He has amassed $561,000 in stakes.
The Falcon Seelster-Fine Print gelding was sold to Australia in January, 2011 after three minor placings in five starts for breeder Terry McDonald, his daughter, Janine McCann and son, Tyson from the stable of Graham and Paul Court.
McDonald is the owner-breeder of Terror To Love, who is preparing for an attempt to win the New Zealand Cup for a record fourth time.
- The Southland Times