Day At The Track

Cruz Bromac massive in taking Cup

06:30 AM 02 Apr 2018 NZST
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Cruz Bromac and Geelong trainer Dean Braun
Cruz Bromac and Geelong trainer Dean Braun

Warragul Pacing Bowl Cup winning reinsman Nathan Jack had little time to celebrate his harness racing victory on Easter Sunday.

Soon after accepting trophies for the race victory with pacer Cruz Bromac, Jack made a rapid dash to Tooradin airfield, to board a light aircraft for the journey to the night race meeting at Echuca, where he had four race drives later in the program.

It's doubtful a winning reinsman has soaked up a Warragul feature success in such a way before in the 60 stagings of the event.

Jack had driven at the Bathurst Gold Crown meeting in regional New South Wales the night before, adding to a long, but successful weekend of racing and travel.

Cruz Bromac bought up Warragul Pacing Bowl Cup win number two for trainer Dean Braun, who prepared Nike Franco to victory in 2016.

Braun becomes only the fourth trainer in the long history of the race to have prepared multiple Cup winners, joining Bob Knight, Ted Demmler and Noel Alexander in an exclusive club.

The exciting Falcon Seelster six-year-old Cruz Bromac has only had 25 starts, collecting 14 wins and five minor placings.

Jack took Cruz Bromac to sit outside leader Rockstar Angel early in the race, and the front runners dominated the $30,000 race, with Cruz Bromac running a last half mile in 55 seconds to win by one and-a-half metres.

Local Mister Wickham managed fourth spot after over racing, while Clancys Fobwatch finished behind that pacer.

Across the five support races on Sunday, there were some popular local victories.

My Forgotten Hero rewarded patient owner/breeder Georgie Coram and trainer/driver Simone Walker with a maiden win at start 21.

The victory was the two-hundredth success for the Cranbourne Racecourse stabling complex.

Yarra Glen horseman Ken Browne, a past graduate of the Gippsland Harness Training Centre, won the Eddie Evison Memorial Trotters Handicap with Chrisken Kiosk.

Misty Cullen proved too strong in the Warragul Toyota Pace for owner/breeders Gordon and June Turner and trainer Gary Quinlan.

There was even local success in the two pony events on Sunday.

Gippsland's sole pony trotting driver, Jasmyn Fusinato, landed her first home town victory with Lily The Shark in the Pony Cup Prelude.

The teenager then scored a victory in the later Warragul Pony Cup, which proved popular with the local crowd.

Fusinato has now won three races in the pony trots, where youngsters from all across Victoria compete on a regular basis.

Good weather conditions drew another large crowd to Logan Park for Sunday's meeting, and although horse numbers were down in races, a good day was had by those in attendance.

Kyle Galley

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