Day At The Track

Former northerner impresses in South Island debut

11:16 AM 05 Jul 2014 NZST
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Brendon Hill
Dynamic duo: Brendon Hill and driver Ricky May combined for success with Dalton Bromac at Addington yesterday.
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Dalton Bromac

Kaiapoi harness racing trainer Brendon Hill has had enough good horses to know when he has got one a bit above average.

So when he says a horse is “very good” you should probably stand up and listen. And many did that before the fourth race at Addington last night when a late betting plunge saw Dalton Bromac crunched into odds of $3.50.

“He had really impressed me with his work and trials but sometimes they can let you down on raceday, so I was trying not to get too carried away,” said Hill.

Given a nice run in the one-one by driver Ricky May, Dalton Bromac dashed clear of his rivals over the concluding stages to pull away for an emphatic 3 & ½ length win.

The Major In Art gelding paced the 2600 metre mobile journey in a dashing 3:12.8, with slick sectionals of 58.0 and 28.4

“It was his first race in seven weeks so he should improve of the run,” he added.

Dalton Bromac was purchased out of the barn of John and David Butcher by Brendon Hill and owner Noel Bowden.

“I watched him win his second start at Cambridge and he was three-wide and parked the whole trip. I said to my wife that horse shouldn’t have been able to win that race,” said Bowden.

“So when Benny (Hill) txt me and said that the horse was for sale and told me the price I jumped at the opportunity,” he added.

Bowden had previously raced one other horse with Hill and that one turned out to be a minor failure. However this time Bowden wasn’t prepared to make the same mistake.

“My first horse with Brendon was just a cheapie and although he won a race he wasn’t really up to Canterbury racing. You get what you pay for and that is definitely what we have got with Dalton Bromac.”

Dalton Bromac’s other two stars for the Butchers resulted in a second and very good fifth after blowing the score up

“We paid a bit for him but we actually thought he was reasonably good value considering what he had done in his three starts,” said Bowden.

Dalton Bromac will now need to have one more start at Addington over the next fortnight in order to qualify for the upcoming August Super Series.

“That is our main aim at this stage,” enthused Hill.

By Mitchell Robertson

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