Cruz Bromac broke clear as the sole leader of the Inter Dominion Pacing Championship standings after a powerful victory in Ballarat on Tuesday night.
The Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen-trained New Zealander made it back-to-back wins in the series and now sits three points clear at the top of the leaderboard heading into Saturday’s last round of qualifiers at Cranbourne.
Driven by multiple ID-winning reinswoman Rasmussen, Cruz Bromac improved into the death seat from his back row draw at the bell and then raced clear of leader Audi Hare in the straight. That pair was clear of third-placed Galactic Star.
Cruz Bromac’s victory on Tuesday came in a mile rate of 1.53.5min over the 1710m, the second quickest of the pacing heats on the night.
Im Pats Delight, which was driven by Gavin Lang, was the fastest of the heat winners in 1.52.2min after leading throughout to beat Cant Refuse and Im The Boss.
The first of the night’s pacing heats was won by Wrappers Delight, which like Im Pats Delight, drew barrier one and led the race from start to finish.
Driven by Kima Frenning, the David Aiken-trained five-year-old clocked a mile rate of 1.53.6.
Cruz Bromac heads the leaderboard on 32 points, three clear of Im Pats Delight. Galactic Star and Spankem are two points further back.
The top 12 horses in the standings following this Saturday night’s third round of heats at Cranbourne progress to the group 1 final at Melton on December 15.
Stablemates Cruz Bromac and Spankem are equal $4 favourites to win the final.