Boom colt targets spring carnivals

Eureka Stud homebred Spirit of Boom won the Listed Ken Russell Memorial Classic at the Gold Coast on Saturday but connections will resist the temptation to keep him in work for the winter carnival.

Spirit Of Boom (2c Sequalo – Temple Spirit by Special Dane) is trained by Tony Gollan at Toowoomba and he will be tipped out with a view to the San Domenico Stakes in August.  “He’s pulled up well but we’re not going to tax him,” Golan said in the wake of the Gold Coast victory.  “I’d like to set him for Sydney first up and then look at something in Melbourne.”

Eureka Stud’s Colin and Scott McAlpine kept a share in the colt after he was sold for $90,000 at the 2009 Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sale.  He has now won three of his five runs and has already earned $219,400.

Spirit of Boom was runner-up to Jantzen on debut in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes at Eagle Farm and then demoralised his rivals by seven lengths in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic Prelude.  He was on the back end of a torrid trip in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic a week later but has come back better than ever this prep.

The colt is by Lyndhurst Stud star Sequalo and is a younger half-brother to last year’s Magic Millions 2YO Prelude winner Temple of Boom (Piccolo).  He was runner-up in Saturday’s Listed Gold Coast Guineas.  Their dam Temple Spirit won 8 races including the Qld Tattersalls Classic.  

Sequalo (87) leads Queensland based stallions in the winners category this season.  He is vying with Lonhro and Flying Spur for a place in the Top 10 on the Australian sires’ premiership.