What a great 12 months it has been for Eureka Stud, home to one of the country’s most exciting young stallions, the home-bred and raced Spirit Of Boom.
“So far Spirit Of Boom has been represented by six 2YO stakes winners and five of them were sold by Eureka,” said Harry McAlpine, proud of the achievements of the likes of Kinky Boom, Outback Barbie, EF Troop, Champagne Boom and Heaven’s Deal.
“Spirit Of Boom just keeps throwing good looking foals, which has seen many breeders keep supporting him during his unproven years.”
“He was such a tough horse, racing for a long time, often overcoming trouble. His progeny seem to have the same attributes and the future looks good!”Including the immediate future with Eureka presenting an impressive
Magic Millions draft…
Lot 3 – bay colt by Spirit Of Boom from Passara (by Tsuimai): brother to the twice Group placed two Boomsara. “He is a gun whose brother is currently gearing up for the Queenland summer series for three-year-olds which culminates in the Magic Millions 3Y0,” Harry McAlpline said.
Lot 19 – brown colt by Spirit Of Boom from Plumage (by Red Dazzler): brother to the metropolitan winner Plumaro out of a multiple city winner. “He is the spitting image of Spirit Of Boom; we have nick-named him Spirit Of Boom 2.0!”
Lot 33 – chestnut filly by Written Tycoon from Pure Purrfection (by General Nediym): half-sister to the Listed winner Outback Barbie. “She is a lovely, balanced, athletic filly.”
Lot 58 – chestnut colt by Headwater from Regal Tier (by Royal Academy): dam is a winning half-sister to the durable dual stakes winner Tierqualo.
Lot 133 – bay/brown colt by Spirit Of Boom from Silky Tiger (by Hold That Tiger): dam’s first four foals are all winners including the stakes placed Brave Flying Hawk.
Lot 233 – bay filly by I Am Invincible from Tinto (by Red Dazzler): first foal for a Queensland Oaks-Gr.1, 2400m winner who was also bred at Eureka. “She was born two weeks premature but is the most forward of the whole draft, she is a real powerhouse.”
Lot 236 – bay colt by Brazen Beau from Tiyatro (by Encosta de Lago): half-brother to the stakes winner Tiyatrolani out of a city winner from the family of Duporth and Excites.
Lot 245 – bay filly by Spirit Of Boom from Truly Brave (by Brave Warrior): half-sister to Tinto and five other winners out of a metropolitan winner.
Lot 312 – bay colt by Spirit Of Boom from About Ready (by More Than Ready): son of a dual stakes winning half-sister to the dam of the high class Singapore galloper World Delight.
Lot 492 – brown colt by Spirit Of Boom from Daddys Little Girl (by General Nediym): his stakes placed dual city winning dam from the family of Starline, Beechcraft and Econsul produced recent winner El Demonio.
Lot 507 – brown colt by Spirit Of Boom from Deb’s Choice (by Snippetson): “a big strong” brother to the stakes placed Spirit’s Choice out of a two times winning half-sister to the stakes winners Fabiarna and Yabigorse.
Lot 514 – bay filly by Foxwedge form Derippa (by Seidnazar): half-sister to the Group Three sprinter I’m A Rippa out of a city placed two times winner.
Lot 613 – bay filly by Nicconi from Gentle Spirit (by Break The Vault): dam is a daughter of prized Eureka mare Temple Spirit, stakes placed dam of Spirit Of Boom and Temple Of Boom.
Lot 627 – bay filly by Spirit Of Boom from Goodlookin Gambler (by Johannesburg): half-sister to the city winner Redsson out of a winning half-sister to the Group One miler Scenic Peak. “A fast athletic type whose sister Perudo is showing some very good ability for Tony Gollan.”
Lot 656 – brown filly by Spirit Of Boom from Hold For Ransom (by Oratorio): half-sister to recent winner Too Hot To Hold out of a winning half-sister to the stakes winners Benny’s Buttons and Magic Millions 2YO Classic Winner Real Surreal.
Lot 735 – bay filly by Spirit Of Boom from Lantern Court (by Chester House): half-sister to the city winners Birds Of Tokyo and Witness In Court and sister to the three times winner Legal Ties. Eureka’s Book Two draft is inclusive of a Mossman half-sister to the Group Three winner Yakeen, a Wandjina colt out of the stakes placed Cicarelli, a Spirit Of Boom brother to the promising Secret Spirit, a Rubick filly out of the stakes placed Sarisara and a Rubick filly out of a half-sister to the Group Two winner Express Air.
Bluebloods had a chat with Harry’s brother Angus in the lead up to the sale…
What are the main factors you take into account when planning matings?
“First and foremost is type. What sort of stallion does a mare need? Based on the mare herself or her progeny to date. We breed to sell and so need good commercial appeal as well. We also look at how broodmare sires match up with certain sire lines and we take note of the weanling sales for new sires.”
What are your top go to spots after a sales day?
“After a long day’s work we usually go to the Magic Millions bar for a quiet shandy or two.”
What was your first job?
“I left school and started working at Eureka. At 18 I went to the National Stud in England where I completed my diploma before stints at Willingham House, Coolmore (Ireland) and Windsor Park (NZ). I returned home to Eureka just in time for Spirit of Boom’s first season at stud.”
What is your hidden talent?
“I don’t think I have one. All of my talents (or lack thereof) are on display for all to see!”
Who was the biggest influence in your life?
“My dad Scott. I have always aspired to be like him. He is a good bloke and a great horseman and one day I’d like to be just like him.”