Day At The Track

High priced Kiwi youngster salutes

11:52 AM 06 Feb 2010 NZDT
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Cullen Bromac and Jodi Quinlan win the
Cullen Bromac and Jodi Quinlan win the - $20k Premiere Stakes at the Moonee Valley farewell meeting.
Duane Ranger photo

Cullen Bromac, who realised the second highest price of $NZ150,000 at last year's PGG Wrightson Karaka yearling sale, showed he will be a harness racing force to be reckoned in the major age classics later in the season when he scored a gutsy win in the $20,000 Premiere Stakes at the Moonee Valley farewell meeting tonight (February 6).

The medium of heavy support, the Christian Cullen colt settled midfield before driver Jodi Quinlan sent him forward three-wide to race upsides with the pacemaking Cowboyup at the bell. Giggling Girl, who set the early tempo, opted to take a trail 500 metres after the start.

Soon after straightening, Cullen Bromac ($3.60 fav.) appeared to have the measure of Cowboyup but the latter fought back resolutely in the latter stages to go down by 1.4 metres.

Giggling Girl (Peter Salathiel) was a further metre back, third.

Cullen Bromac tramped the 1609m. in 1:59.3. The last half was covered in a brilliant 57.8 seconds.

The promising colt is unbeaten in two attempts.

Co-trainer Gary Quinlan said Cullen Bromac will now be sent to the paddock for a few weeks.

"He's got a good will-to-win but he doesn't know what he's doing at this stage," Quinlan said. "We're hoping he'll measure up for the Breeders Crown and the other top races in the winter."

Bred by Bob McArdle's Bromac Lodge and Philtoon Developments, Cullen Bromac is raced by retired Warragul livestock agent Peter Gibbon, a mainstay of the Quinlan stable.

By Peter WHARTON

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