Breeding of Inter Dominion Pacing Final winner- By Peter Wharton

I Cast No Shadow, the surprise winner of the $500,000 Inter Dominion Pacing Championship Grand Final at Melton, was bred in New Zealand, owned in Queensland and is trained in NSW.

The six-year-old chestnut entire was bred by the Christchurch-based Bromac Lodge Limited, of the late Bob McArdle, and was their first success in harness racing’s pinnacle event.

Shadow Play, the sire of I Cast No Shadow, was also represented by his first Inter Dominion champion and, just for good measure, he sired the runner-up, Torrid Saint. Both six-year-olds are members of the fifth crop of The Panderosa horse, who has returned to stand stud in Canada.

Ragazza Bromac, dam of I Cast No Shadow, was unraced and she has left two other winners from five foals of racing age in the NZ Southern Supremacy winner Ragazzo Mach 1:54.7 ($124,750), now racing successfully in Perth, and RR Sand Dollar (1:55.5), a winner of seven races in NZ.

By Falcon Seelster, Ragazza Bromac was a half-sister to the crack American pacer SS Sand Dollar 1:49.6 ($632,406), being out of Red Delite, by Fame (son of Albatross) from the Most Happy Fella mare Miles End Dianne 1:56.6 ($109,586), whose seven successes included the prestigious Mistletoe Shalee.

The family traces back to Emma Mills, foaled in North America in 1853, and whose descendants include horses the calibre of P Forty Seven 1:48.4 (Little Brown Jug and sire), Have A Good Life (Bluegrass Stake), Good As Goalie (Adioo Volo and Simpson Memorial) and the 1987 Canadian 2YO Colt of the Year Chatham Light.