Queensland studmaster Scott McAlpine must be wondering what the next chapter in the Spirit of Boom story reads like, because so far it’s been a classic for the master of Eureka Stud.
Spirit of Boom was a great racehorse in the Eureka colours, but as a stallion he’s been nothing short of a sensation.
His first crop of horses hit the racetracks this season and so far, he has left an incredible 10 individual winners of 15 races, including the black type performers Et Troop and Outback Barbie and Kinky Boom, winner of the $250,000 Inglis Premier Stakes.
But it’s been this week’s Magic Millions QTIS Sale which has thrust Spirit of Boom into the spotlight as buyers from all over Australasia competed for his 38 yearlings under the hammer.
Over the days 37 yearlings by Spirit of Boom sold for a total of $6,197,500 at an average price of $167,500. The value of all the 293 yearlings sold over the two days was $13.6 million, so Spirit of Boom contributed nearly 50% of gross sales.
The cheapest Spirit of Boom was sold for $42,500 with the top price $430,000 and 25 yearlings by him sold for $100,000 or more and 13 fetched $200,000 or more.
Ontrack Thoroughbreds jumped on the Spirit of Boom express at last year’s Magic Millions when buying a filly for $60,000 and she races as Boom Girl and was third in a Saturday city race at her first of two career runs.
At this year’s Inglis Classic SaleOntrack’s Grant Morgan went again for a Spirit of Boom colt paying $170,000 for a colt from Eureka Stud’s draft.
The colt is out of the good race mare Baroque Pearl and this week started breaking in with master horseman Greg Bennett at Canungra in South-East Queensland. The colt will go to Meagher Racing at Eagle Farm.
“The prices being paid for the progeny of Spirit of Boom this week are amazing and our Inglis colt looks great buying now because he is out of a good race mare and a half-brother to a very talented filly racing in the Eureka colours.
“Our Spirit of Boom colt is a cracking type and I reckon he was the best colt by the stallion that I inspected at the summer round of yearling sales,” said Grant Morgan.