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Torrid Bromac US-bound

By Tayler Strong

Torrid Bromac, who is awaiting a flight to the United States after a change of ownership last week, won for caretaker trainer Gavin Smith at Oamaru on Sunday.

“I have only had him (Torrid Bromac) a week so I can’t take much of the credit,’’ said the Kaiapoi (north Canterbury) – based Smith.

“I bought him for Mike Casalino in America. He asked me to keep the horse fit as there is not a flight out until June 30.”

The New Jersey-based Casalino has purchased other New Zealand pacers recently in Sir Richie, Hezabluechipboy, Media Queen and Nerida Franco.

Sir Richie won four races when trained by Frank Cooney and Tate Hopkins and latterly three for Steve Telfer and Chris Garlick. Hezabluechipboy won two for Jason and Megan Teaz; Media Queen three for Cran Dalgety and Nerida Franco three for Steven McRae.

Casalino earlier bought Kotare Yael and Carrickmannon.

Torrid Bromac, a 4-year-old entire by Courage Under Fire – Tanisa Bromac, won five races when trained by Steven McRae and later two for Regan Todd when raced by Max Taylor, of Halswell.

Torrid Bromac set a track record of 3.11.8 (1.58.7 mile rate) for 2600m (mobile) at Oamaru in May last year. He ran 3.15.8 from a stand on Sunday and won by two and quarter lengths. He has rated 1.56.7 for 2000m (mobile) at Omakau.

Torrid Bromac raced in the open for much of the way and out finished the favourite Ultimate Desire.

Brad Mowbray, the trainer of Ultimate Desire, won with Gypsy’s Choice and Speedy Mach, taking his tally for the season to 19 wins. His previous best was nine in nine seasons as a public trainer.

Gypsy’s Choice was having her second start for Mowbray after being leased two months ago by a group of owners. The 4-year-old Live Or Die mare had won from the stable of John Hay at Methven in September.

Speedy Mach, who had not raced for four months, led for most of the way over 2000m.

One Over Da Stars, a half-sister to One Over Da Moon, finished boldly to notch her first win as a trotter.

She is a 3-year-old filly by Love You from two-time Rowe Cup winner One Over Kenny raced by Waimate breeders Lex and Heather Williams and their son, Brad, of Palmerston. One over Da Stars is the first horse raced by Brad. The filly is trained by Brent White.

One Over Da Moon has won 22 races but he went off stride at Melton on Saturday night.

Tijuana Taxi was impressive in her second win as a trotter. She came from tenth at the 400m to score by two and a half lengths.