PINK FLAMINGO RUN FOR ASHBURTON
By Jeff Scott
Pink Flamingo Run, an impressive Kaikoura winner in a 1:58.1 rate (1900m) to beat several race-winners for the Cran Dalgety and Nathan Purdon stable on November 3, could chase back-to-back wins at Ashburton on Thursday.
Given a good trip three back on the markers at Kaikoura from the inside of the second row by top driver, Blair Orange, she worked out into the running line before the home turn, and sprinted sharply to wear down Friend, Beau Vista and That’s Bettor, in a rating 40-49 pace.
She’s the first to race and first winner from former Kentuckiana Lodge winner, Chanelle Bromac (by Mach Three), who won seven and $49,533 when raced by Chanelle Dickie, her mother, Helen, and Cran’s wife, Chrissie Dalgety.
The partners bred Chanelle Bromac to Art Major to get Pink Flamingo Run, who preceded her Kaikoura win with a solid first-up fourth at Addington, then had an excuse carting a flat tyre when an unplaced favourite second-up at Oamaru on October 24.
Chanelle first introduced her pink-coloured “Hot pink and white tiara silks when she co-raced another good Kentuckiana Lodge winner in Live Or Die chestnut gelding Dustin Bromac (1:57.3 mile rate, 1950m), with her mother Helen, to win eight of 60 starts for $88,620, nearly a decade ago.
Pink Flamingo Run’s dam Chanelle Bromac, was named by the late breeder, Bob McArdle, after Chanelle (Dickie) was working at Bromac Lodge at the time.
Mr McArdle’s plan for Chanelle to buy her namesake worked. Cran Dalgety duly purchased Chanelle Bromac on behalf of the Dickies’ and Chrissie Dalgety at the 2011 NZ Yearling Sales for the bargain price of $3000 (plus GST).
Chanelle Bromac showed enough to qualiy but finished unplaced in Glenferrie Shuffle’s 2012 Australasian Breeders Crown 2YO Fillies Series Final at Melton, Victoria.
The filly was worth a shot with Chanelle Bromac’s dam Congo Breeze pacing a smart 1:52.6 in one of her four USA wins. She won her last two of 14 NZ starts at Addington (1:58.3 rate, 1950m) and Timaru in 2003 when prepared by Paul Kerr and driven by Jo Herbert. winning $37,565.
By Holmes Hanover, Congo Breeze is a half-sister to eight other winners, including Congo Flame (1:54.8, US, 31 wins & $171,558), Shamrock Sheila (p3, 1:55.8, 8 wins & $73,763) and Congo Direct (1:58.3, Aust, 2 wins).
Congo Breeze subsequently left another useful filly in Cougar Bromac (p3, 1:57.4, nine wins & $57,346), by Art Major, who was sold to Alabar (NZ) Ltd last October in foal to world record holder Always B MIki (1:46).,
Congo Breeze is also the dam of three-race non-winner Crystal Bromac, the American Ideal dam of Emmersyn Lee, a Betterthancheddar 3YO filly winner at Invercargill on September 21, at her third start Templeton trainer, Jimmy Curtin.
The family also boasts other good sorts further back in the form of Borowan (2:00, 15 Aust wins), dam of Line Of Fire (p3, 1:52, 1:50.6, US, 16 wins & $240,077), Here’s Rommel (1:54.5, 20 wins), Simply Susational (1:52.2, US, 25 wins & $283, 045), Bettor To Be Bad (1:54.4, 11 wins & $103,854) and Provocative Prince (1:52.6, USA, 11 wins, $100,000-plus earner).
Chanelle Dickie, a self-obsessed pink fan, has more pink prefixed progeny to grace the tracks from Chanelle Bromac.
The mare’s first foal is the now four-year-old Pink Unicorn Dance (by Western Ideal), while Chanelle Bromac has a two-year-old brother to Pink Flamingo Run, named Real Men Wear Pink; and a yearling filly by the fast USA stallion Always B Miki (1:46.4),named Pink Panther Pounce.