Ken Casellas | Photo: Gloucester Park Harness Racing
Bonny mare Savvy Bromac ended her racing career in brilliant style with a dashing all-the-way victory in the 2130m Garrard’s Here On Track Pace at Gloucester Park on Friday night.
The five-year-old mare has been retired to the breeding barn by her owner, Broome businessman Karl Deiley, after a wonderful career of 45 starts for 15 wins, 15 placings and stakes of $307,445.
Savvy Bromac, a $6.10 second fancy from the No. 3 barrier, was sent straight to the front by Chris Lewis and she set a solid pace before dashing over the final 800m in 56.1sec. to beat the $1.30 favourite Angel In White by 2m at a 1.57.2 rate.
Eight-year-old Angel In White began from the No. 1 barrier, but she lacked the speed to hold out the fast-starting Savvy Bromac. Angel In White was held up behind the leader for most of the final lap before getting clear in the closing stages and finishing fast.
“That’s it; this was always going to be Savvy Bromac’s final start,” said trainer Nathan Turvey. “The win got her over $300,000, and she has exceeded all expectations. She retires without ever having to visit the vet. And it’s good for her to go out on top.
“I don’t think that anyone expected Savvy Bromac to go forward and lead. But I instructed Chris to go forward and lead.
“I wouldn’t have thought that she would have performed so well when I first saw her. She was only a little, lean thing.” However, she developed into a well-muscled mare, mainly due to Turvey’s program of jogging her in the heavy sand.
Turvey said that Savvy Bromac ranked with the best pacers he has trained, along with Simba Bromac and Miracle Moose. “She won a group 1 event (the Westral Mares Classic in November 2021 when she beat Born To Boogie and Balcatherine), was Mare of the Year and won more than three hundred grand,” he said.
Deiley, an admirer of Savvy Bromac’s sire Mach Three, bought Savvy Bromac for $30,000 as a two-year-old before she had been broken in. He purchased her mainly for breeding purposes, even if she was unable to race, let alone be a winner.
Savvy Bromac is the final foal out of the Fake Left mare Zante Beach, who earned $124,447 from 16 wins and 27 placings from 84 starts. Savvy Bromac also inherited much of her ability from her great granddam Gemfire, who raced 107 times for 13 wins, 35 placings and $109,916 in prizemoney.