Champion broodmare Scuse Me looks set on making what could be the most impressive black-type page ever seen in a catalogue.
The speedy Butler BG race mare, who has proved to be the pride and joy of long-time breeder and owner Charles Roberts, won eight races including the Noel Taylor Mile on the racetrack. When winning that Group One race in 1998 she set a long-standing mares mile record of 1:53.5.
The now 20yo daughter of Super Smooth has had eleven foals of racing age and when talented freshman Have Faith In Me was successful at Ashburton on Sunday it was her eleventh winner.
Have Faith In Me, A Bettor’s Delight full-brother to Adore Me, was purchased on behalf of the Dunford's by Mark Purdon for $55,000 at the 2013 Karaka Sale.
He was a mammoth second in his debut behind stablemate Change Stride, before making light work of his opposition in his second start, unleashing a 26.7 last quarter to dash away for an effortless three length win.
Apart from champion mare Adore Me ($880,469), Scuse Me has also left the smart performers Toledo ($88,514) , Imagine Me ($247,175), and Megabucks, who won six races in New Zealand before heading to America where he paced a mile in 1:49.6.
She is also the dam of Splendid Dreams, who won two of six starts before she was retired to stud where she has produced millionaire pacer Christen Me and the injury plagued Hands Christian, who downed Terror To Love in the 2012 Easter Cup.
Hands Christian is back on the comeback trail and, like close relations Christen Me and Adore Me, he is being set for the 2014 New Zealand Cup in November, giving the blue blood family a three-pronged attack on the great race.
Splendid Dreams is also the dam of In The Pocket mare Splendid Deal, who already in her short broodmare career has produced Group One performers Splendour and (Our) Maxim.
They, like Adore Me and Have Faith In Me, are both by Bettor’s Delight, highlighting what is a golden gross over the Scuse Me family.
Other recent winners from this ever-strengthening family, which have predominately been trained by the Purdon’s, include juvenile Lightfingered, who was a recent winner at Addington.
He too is by Bettor’s Delight out of an In The Pocket daughter of Scuse Me in La Filou.
The next cab off the ranks for Scuse Me is a Bettor’s Delight yearling filly called Revere Me. She also has a Bettor’s Delight weanling colt called All About Me and is back in foal to the super sire.
But, come November, this family may have already developed into one of the best ever and Scuse Me, or her daughter Splendid Dreams, may have produced their very first New Zealand Cup winner.
By Mitchell Robertson