The Spirit goes BOOM!

There may not be a more fitting name in racing right now than that of Queensland stallion SPIRIT OF BOOM, whose first 2-year-olds have hit the track with a bang.

A half-brother to Group 1 winner TEMPLE OF BOOM, Spirit Of Boom showed he was Stakes quality in his race debut as a 2-year-old when finishing second in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes before winning his first Stakes race four starts later and following it up with a Group 2 placing in his next run. That was just the start of what was to come for Spirit Of Boom, who went on to win or place in at least one Stakes race every season of the five he raced.

He managed to do what many horses can’t by being a precocious Stakes winning 2-year-old but also improving for years after.

Spirit Of Boom
Spirit Of Boom

As a 3-year-old, he came devastatingly close to winning his first Group race when finishing second by less than a quarter length in the Group 3 Fred Best Classic. As a 4-year-old, he showed his toughness when winning two Stakes races in the span of 12 days before finishing less than 2 ½ lengths behind Sea Siren in the Group 1 Doomben 10,000.

The older Spirit Of Boom got, the better he became, winning the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint as a six year old. It was a long time coming for the entire, who had hit the board in 11 Group races – including two Group 1s’ he’d lost by a combined 2 ½ lengths. With that under his belt, it seemed all roses for Spirit Of Boom, who then added wins in the Group 1 William Reid and the Group 1 Doomben 10,000. That final year of racing, he also added seven more Group placings to his resume, of which three were Group 1’s.

All in all, Spirit Of Boom earned the true warhorse title with 52 starts for nine wins and 20 placings – including six Stakes victories and 19 Stakes placings and amazing over $2.4 million in earnings. Among the horses he defeated in his six Stakes victories were 44 Stakes winners, including 11 Group 1 winners with the likes of Fawkner, Fat Al and Rebel Dane among those he vanquished.

Retiring to Eureka Stud at the end of his racing career, Spirit Of Boom was instantly popular when attracting over 150 mares in his first season and he followed that up the two following seasons with 150 mares in each book before his first foals hit the track.

Spirit Of Boom’s first four runners all finished second in their debuts in the first few months of the season but that ended in early November when the future Stakes winner Ef Troop won his debut to give Spirit Of Boom the distinction of being the Leading First Season Sire with a winner.

Ef Troop opened the flood gates on winners for Spirit Of Boom with the stallion jumping from one to 10 in only a matter of months, including four Stakes winners giving him double the amount of any other stallion on the list. At the top of the ladder of Spirit Of Boom’s Stakes winners is Ef Troop who will take his place in Saturday’s Group 1 Golden Slipper having previously won the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes and finishing second in the Group 2 Todman Stakes last start from just four career runs. He is followed closely by impressive Wyong Magic Millions 2 Year Old Classic winner Jonker, who won his first two starts by a combined seven lengths and Outback Barbie, who won a Stakes race on debut before finishing only 2.3 lengths behind the Golden Slipper favourite Sunlight in the Magic Millions 2 Year Old Classic against the boys.

Spirit Of Boom’s most recent Stakes winner is Kinky Boom who won on debut against the boys with a 1 ¾ length victory in the Restricted Listed Inglis Premier at Caulfield amazing over $144,000 from just the one start. In all, 19 of Spirit Of Boom’s 31 starters have at least placed in a race with the majority of his horses who haven’t won or placed only starting once in their careers thus far and none racing more than twice.

With his early success including a runner in the world’s richest 2 year old race, it is no wonder the stallion was in high demand at the recent Magic Millions March Yearling Sale.

Of the 38 Spirit of Boom yearlings to go through the ring, all but one found a buyer for an average of $167,500 with his $430,000 sales topping filly breaking the new record for the sale. But even more impressive is the stallion’s complete domination at the top of the sales board with Spirit Of Boom yearlings bringing the top 14 most expensive priced lot’s and 28 of the top 35 prices.

If you are not sold on Spirit Of Boom by now then I don’t know what it will take! We couldn’t help but take home four lovely fillies from the sale with all four offered for your consideration. Do not miss out on this opportunity to own your very own Spirit Of Boom! A possible Magic Millions 2YO Classic starter in 2019 or better yet, a runner in the Golden Slipper? Take your pick.

Lot 63 - Spirit Of Boom/Military Bride Purchased for $170,000

I came to the Magic Millions March Yearling Sale to secure one stallions progeny, Eureka Stud's Spirit Of Boom. The sale source of star sprinters BUFFERING, WINNING RUPERT & Spirit Of Boom himself. This filly is an August foal out of a 2yo winning GENERAL NEDIYM mare. She's speed on speed and ticks all the right boxes!

Lot 64 - Spirit Of Boom/Mini Magic Purchased for $80,000

Out of a young winning Piccolo mare from the family of Group 1 Coolmore Classic winner, CAMINO ROSE. A lovely well grown filly with plenty of scope about her. A quality type & terrific value for $80,000.

Lot 89 - Spirit Of Boom/My Zazou Purchased for $42,500

A strong, athletic filly with great size and a lovely, deep girth. An early September foal, out of a winning mare & from the family of precocious multiple Stakes winner, ORION. She was bought for a round of drinks!

LOT 160 - Spirit Of Boom/See No Evil Purchased for $160,000

Talk about a physical! This filly is all class right down to her tippy toes. Her granddam is a Group 2 winner & Stakes producer & she also hails from the family of the precocious Group 1 Blue Diamond runner up SOLO PERFORMANCE. A potential Blue Diamond start for this girl? The writing is on the wall.


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