Day At The Track

Quinlan aborts NZ trip with Cullen Bromac

11:26 PM 11 Apr 2010 NZST
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Debbie Quinlan Cullen Bromac and Jodi Quinlan win the
Debbie Quinlan - Pictured congratulating her niece, driver Jodi Quinlan
Cullen Bromac and Jodi Quinlan win the - $20k Premiere Stakes at the Moonee Valley farewell meeting.
Duane Ranger photo

Last Friday 2-year-old Victorian colt Cullen Bromac was confirmed to become the first 2-year-old Australian trained pacer to compete on New Zealand soil for several decades. That was until his her Drouin (Victoria) harness racing trainer Debbie Quinlan saw Major Mark and fellow Kiwi juveniles flying around Addington Raceway that same night.

"We were coming but we pulled the plug this weekend just gone. We had a reality check and decided to be cautious rather than sorry. Your 2-year-olds are very quick, and after watching them fly around in the weekend we decided to put the welfare of our young fella first. We want to look after him now and not crush him against the best.

"His time will come. We will meet the Kiwis in the Breeders Crown in August. That is our main goal for the season now," Quinlan said.

It would have been a welcome return to New Zealand for the son of Christian Cullen and the unraced Camluck mare Classic Blue Jeans. Quinlan gets on well with the staff from Wrightson PGG and her friend Peter Lagan picked out two for her at the New Zealand Yearling Sales a couple of years ago.

"I sent my son Jamie over to buy a nice yearling. He wants to be auctioneer one day and we get on well with the PGG staff, especially Peter. He suggested two to us - The Muskeg Express and Cullen Bromac. In the end we went for the latter and paid $150,000 for him," Quinlan said.

The Muskeg Express was the 'Sales Topper' and went for $155,000.

The money paid for Cullen Bromac has been well worth it so far. He is unbeaten in three starts with easy victories at Geelong, Moonee Valley and Ballarat in January, February and April.

"He's a beautiful animal - so laid back. In fact he's probably too laid back for your Kiwi horses. They are right up on the steel and go very hard. We love this horse and even though we had booked the flights we have just contacted the airline and the clubs to cancel. Them aside you are the first to know about this.

"It all comes down to his welfare," Quinlan stressed. "We want to preserve him as a 2-year-old and then travel when he is three and step him up then. So we will eventually get New Zealand," she added.

Cullen Bromac will now race in the Tatlow and the Youthful Stakes, but his major mission will be the Breeders Crown on his home track at Melton on August 22. That is when Major Mark and several other Kiwis will finally get to line-up against the gifted Christian Cullen bay.

Cullen Bromac was scheduled to race in the Sires Stakes heat at Addington on April 23 before heading into the Sales Series Open and Sires Stakes Final. He was also a Harness Jewels prospect - that was until Quinlan cancelled those plans just two days ago.

Duane RANGER (editor)

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