Race-track powerhouse now looking to make his mark at stud
HE WENT, he saw, he conquered and has now returned.
After leaving his Eureka Stud birthplace at Cambooya five years ago, Spirit Of Boom went on to prove himself as one of Australia's best-credentialed and resilient sprinters for trainer Tony Gollan.
This year life turns full circle for the seven-year-old when he returns to the Darling Downs to begin his stud career at Eureka from next month.
Spirit Of Boom saved some of his best race-track performances until last to finish his racing career in a blaze of glory with Group One wins in the MVRC Williams Reid Stakes (1200m) and the Doomben 10,000 (1350m).
His 52 race starts produced nine wins and 20 minor placings for $2.4million in prize money.
His Group race record included 19 placings with five coming at Group One level.
Now his backers are banking on him continuing to fly the Darling Downs flag in Australia's thoroughbred breeding cauldron.
And when it comes to the Darling Downs brand few fit the bill better than Spirit Of Boom.
He is by iconic Lyndhurst Stud sire Sequalo out of the Special Dane mare Temple Spirit.
Temple Spirit was from Temple Top, a daughter of successful Eureka sire Semipalatinsk.
Spirit Of Boom was reared and raced by Eureka with Gollan in Toowoomba before the emerging trainer relocated to Eagle Farm.
Eureka Stud principal Scott McAlpine said Spirit Of Boom's "never give up" race-track attitude has won him plenty of early interest from prospective breeders.
"We bought this horse to stand in anticipation of a big rise this year in Queensland prize money and QTIS bonuses," McAlpine said during a public parade of Spirit Of Boom at Eureka on Sunday.
"He's Queensland-bred, Queensland-owned and now he's standing in Queensland.
"It's exciting for Queensland racing which is on the brink of going ahead and we think he's got a great future.
"He's won or been placed 23 times in Group races - that's not counting Listed events.
"Performance-wise you would be lucky to find one as strong as him in the stud book.
"All the shares in him have been sold and interest from breeders is high.
"A dual Group One winning horse standing in Queensland is a big step forward for our breeding industry."