2017 HAS BEEN ANOTHER SOLID YEAR FOR EUREKA STUD AND THE MCALPINE FAMILY WITH MANY WINNERS FROM THEIR DARLING DOWNS STUD FLYING THE FLAG PROUDLY.
Eureka’s future broodmares Tiyatrolani and Notonyourlife have been performing with good success at stakes level and quite a few other exciting prospects born and raised on the farm have made winning starts to their careers.
A Eureka graduate excelling on the race track this year is the Rex Lipp trained Our Beebee who strung a hatrick of Saturday wins together in the Autumn and is back racing now in fine form over the Spring and Summer. Our Beebee is by one of Eureka’s resident stallions, Red Dazzler, and has won four races from just nine starts for stakes earnings of over $250,000.
Eureka’s first season sire Spirit of Boom has already been making headlines as the clear leader on the first season sire list with two early winners. Many trainers who have them are speaking very highly of the breed and although it is only very early in the two year-old racing season, his stock are starting to show us why. It is his first winner couldn’t have been more impressive in winning on debut in class record time at Doomben on the 4th of November. Ef Troop, born and bred at Eureka Stud, is out of the Exceed and Excel mare Limealicious and was sold by Eureka Stud at the 2017 Magic Millions sale for $70,000. Ef Troop’s full brother is being offered as Lot 977 at the 2018 Magic Millions sale in the Sunday session and will be attracting more than his share of attention, especially if his big brother happens to salute the day before in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic. His second winner Legal Ties came just six days later at Rockhamton, this filly out of the Chester House mare Lantern Court was a $25K Magic Millions March purchase.
Six other yearlings by Spirit of Boom will be offered by Eureka at the 2018 Magic Millions Sale, including half siblings to stakes winners Tiyatrolani, Express Air, Tinto and Southern Lord, and stakes-placed Intencion, as well as a filly out of the stakes-placed General Nediym mare, Daddy’s Little Girl.
Eureka Stud’s Scott McAlpine is loath to single out one horse over the rest but describes the half-brother to Tinto (out of Truly Brave) as a “magnificent sort of colt. He is a real Spirit of Boom colt with the flair of Brave Warrior” said Scott. Lot 392, the half-brother to Tiyatrolani (by Captain Sonador) is also a full brother to the talented Brinkmanship. Brinkmanship won a trial in fine style before placing second on debut in Saturday metropolitan class. The Helen Page trained colt was then very unlucky when running fourth at his second start and from what he’s shown so far won’t be out of the winners circle for long.
Lot 497 by Spirit of Boom out of Angel Girl has a full sister trained by David Hayes who is showing good early promise and is in work now. The older 3yo half-brother by Snitzel is trained by Gai Waterhouse and is also back in work, going nicely by all reports and being set for a return to racing soon.
A Not A Single Doubt colt is expected to attract very good attention. Described by Scott McAlpine as a typical Not A Single Doubt yearling, Lot 491 is out of Anabaa mare Amusements, who has had two to race for two winners including Amusing City (by Sebring) who was a 2yo winner in Hong Kong last season.
Last but certainly not least for Eureka is Lot 203 who Scott describes as a beautiful filly. She is by Pierro out of the talented General Nediym mare, Pure Purrfection. Pure Purrfection was a five time winner of around $200,000. She is a stakes winner from a family littered with stakes winners. This filly, being by Pierro, sire of the 2017 Victorian Oaks winner, Pinot, is sure to be very popular with buyers.
How many mares did you breed with in 2017, who is the best known?
Counting mares owned by Eureka and clients who agist with us, we would have had close to 65 served this season. Some of the better performed mares include Pure Purrfection (Stakes winner) Tiyatro (dam of Tiyatrolani), Angel Girl (dam of Gr.1 winner Southern Lord), Truly Brave (dam of Tinto) and Limealicious (mother of Ef Troop).
When do you begin your sale preparation? What methods do you use?
We work off an 11-12 week preparation. We don’t own a mechanical horse walker. All of our yearlings are exercised off a lead pony or hand walked. They are trotted and cantered for 3kms, three days a week. The horses are stabled during the day and are back in their yards of a night time. We’ve got six lead ponies that put in the hard yards – three Piccolo geldings and three Red Dazzler geldings. The ponies love us on Fridays and hate us on Mondays.
What is your personal Magic Millions ambition?
The ultimate would be to win the Magic Millions race with a horse by a first season sire who himself won a Magic Millions prelude before running without luck in the big race itself. A sire standing at stud in Qld and who is doing a tremendous job thus far – Spirit of Boom.
How would you sum up your 2018 draft?
We have a great cross section of yearlings by sires such as Spirit of Boom, Not a Single Doubt and Pierro – I’d like to think it is a draft of top quality horses by fashionable sires. Our strike rate for breeding winners is high and hopefully vendors will see that.
What do you wish more people would take notice of?
Everyone has their own criteria – with pedigree often first, and then type second. For the past 20 years we have been standing Group 1 stallions such as Brave Warrior, Air Express, Red Dazzler and now Spirit of Boom. We look forward to more and more southern buyers taking notice of us, knowing that sire performance, racetrack success and soundness is very important in all that we do.
What is your favourite place to eat and drink at the Gold Coast?
We like going to a little Korean place at Broadbeach as well as an Italian restaurant called Giovanis.
What do you look for in a potential champion?
I tend to have a preference for short coupled, sprinting types of horses rather than large, thicker set yearlings. They have to be nicely balanced. Piccolo was a prime example. He was a strong fast horse. Defcon too, is much from the same mould, as is Spirit of Boom.
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