Eureka Stud's Scott McAlpine said he was overwhelmed with how the market had reacted to his immensely popular first season sire Spirit Of Boom during the two day Magic Millions March Sale on the Gold Coast. The dual Gr1 winner's progeny averaged an unprecedented $167,500. "This QTIS sale in Queensland has been quite remarkable, unbelievable. It was quite unexpected to be honest," McAlpine said. "It's been fantastic to see so many of our long time friends and clients across Queensland celebrating record results at this sale – it is a great reward for supporting Spirit of Boom." McAlpine added: "The amount of runners and winners and stakes horses for this horse – he's doing something that's quite unbelievable. The Slipper is on Saturday and Ef Troop has drawn two and if he can be lucky enough to finish in the first three we would be over the moon."
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, 2YO Australian-bred colt Aylmerton (Siyouni-Aloona, by Smart Strike) became the first Australian stakes winner for high-profile French sire Siyouni (Pivotal) when surging home along the fence to land the $300,000 Gr2 Todman Stakes (1200m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating EF Troop & Tchaikovsky. Prepared by French-born trainer Jean Dubois, Aylmerton extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $194,670 in earnings. Aylmerton firmed from $101 into $15 for the $3.5 million Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday week. "You always dream of things like this but don't believe it can happen. He is a very professional horse and he proved he can fight so he has everything to make a good horse," Dubois told Sky Racing. "He is a very much like his father who is a very good stallion." Aylmerton is the first foal out of the winning Smart Strike (USA) mare Aloona who was covered by Siyouni to southern hemisphere time. Aloona, herself, is a half-sister to Ireland Gr3 winner Galatee (Galileo), dam of Her Majesty The Queen's Gr2 Yorkshire Cup & Gr2 Hardwicke Stakes winner, and Gr1 Woodbine International placegetter, Dartmouth. This is also the female family of Gr1 Breeders' Cup Classic winner & Gr1 Prix d'lspahan winner Arcangues. Siyouni stands at The Aga Khan Studs Haras de Bonneval in Normandy, France at a fee of €75,000.
Tony Gollan says leading Magic Millions Classic contender Ef Troop has had the perfect preparation for tomorrow's $2 million juvenile feature at the Gold Coast, reports racing.com. The boom Queensland colt is undefeated in two career starts, but has drawn barrier 18 (he will jump from 13 if the five emergencies fail to gain a start) in what will be his biggest test to date. "It [the draw] takes a bit of thinking out of the equation. He'll just be out there to get into his stride and whatever happens underneath him will tell where he ends up in the run," the Eagle Farm trainer said. "Everything has gone perfect with him to date. Hopefully there's no fly in the ointment in the next couple of days." Gollan added: "Everything we've planned has worked out well, we brought him to the Gold Coast and trialled him which I thought was important, his runs have been well spaced and to my eye he's peaking for Saturday." Ef Troop is third favourite for the race with TAB at $5, behind only Sunlight ($4) and fellow unbeaten Spirit Of Boom colt Jonker ($4.80).
Trainer Tony Gollan is adopting a positive attitude despite boom Queensland colt Ef Troop drawing wide for Saturday's Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast, reports Sky Racing. The unbeaten son of Eureka Stud stallion Spirit Of Boom came up with barrier 18 in the field of 16 plus five emergencies but will jump from 13 if none of the reserves gain a start on Saturday. Consequently, Ef Troop lost his place at the head of the market drifting from $4 out to $4.60. "He won't be in the barriers for too long drawn out there," Gollan said. "He isn't brilliant out of the barrier but he reaches top speed quickly and can get that giant stride going." Gollan added: "I suppose he could be a bit closer in but really I think it is no disaster."
Meanwhile, Tony McEvoy is confident that Sunlight's wide barrier will not prevent her from winning Saturday's Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast. Sunlight, a brilliant winner of her last two starts at the Gold Coast, saw her price ease slightly from $4 to $4.60 after drawing barrier 15. However, she is likely to jump from barrier 12 if the emergencies fail to gain a start. "It is an OK barrier for her as she should be out of trouble at the start. Ef Troop will have to go forward and we will probably be able to sit on him," McEvoy said. "It is a always high pressure race and my filly has had two wins and a trial up here. She is ready to go."
Twenty-one juveniles have accepted to run in Saturday's $2 million Listed (R) Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast. The field is limited to 16 starters with five emergencies. Unbeaten Queensland colt Ef Troop and the Tony McEvoy-trained filly Sunlight are the new $4 TAB co-favourites for the race ahead of unbeaten Newcastle colt Jonker at $4.50. The trio dominate betting with all other runners at double figure odds. The barrier draw will be held at Surfers Paradise shortly after 9am this morning. Click here to view Magic Millions Classic field.
Eureka Stud principal Scott McAlpine is understandably excited about this week's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale with Spirit Of Boom to be represented by 14 yearlings at the sale, reports Sky Racing. There will be 24 first-season sires represented at the sale but for Queenslanders the performance of Spirit Of Boom's second crop will command the most attention. Spirit Of Boom's first crop have been the talk of the Australian breeding industry with the former dual Group 1 winner siring seven winners before the New Year including leading Magic Millions 2YO Classic contenders Jonker, Ef Troop and Outback Barbie. "There has obviously been plenty of interest all round in Spirit of Boom's lots. But it is no use getting ahead of yourself," McAlpine said. "I am obviously hoping he performs well for us and for the Queensland breeding industry. He is the first Group One winner to stand here for a while and if he is successful it might encourage more to come north." Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) is currently standing his fourth season at Eureka Stud at a fee of $11,000 (inc. GST).
Astute trainer Tony Gollan is taking a different tack with current unbeaten Magic Millions 2YO Classic second favourite Ef Troop and will pursue the big race on January 13 with almost a month between runs. Having debuted with a narrow victory on November 4, Ef Troop demolished his rivals on December 16 at his latest performance, scorching to a 5.3-length victory in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes. By emerging boom Eureka Stud stallion Spirit of Boom, a victory by Ef Troop in the Magic Millions will also include significant upside a day later when his full-brother will be offered as Lot 977 from the Eureka Draft. While Sunlight (see previous article) is currently third in pre-post betting for the 2YO Classic, sons of Spirit of Boom hold a mortgage on the market with equally impressive Jonker heading the betting ahead of Ef Troop.
Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association (TBQA) President Basil Nolan is predicting exciting times ahead for the Queensland breeding industry, reports Racing Queensland. "We witnessed an amazing effort by Eureka Stud's first season sire and former Queensland Champion galloper Spirit of Boom on Saturday with two juveniles winning two stakes races," Nolan said. "I can't remember the last time a First Season sire had two Listed winners before Christmas." The stakes double began with Ef Troop scoring a brilliant win in the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1110m), before Outback Barbie made an auspicious debut with an impressive win in the Listed Galaway Gal Stakes (1110m). Both horses are trained by Tony Gollan, who guided their sire to national success and a cult following alongside his brother Temple of Boom. Gollan described the undefeated EF Troop as the best 2YO he has ever trained. "Yes, he is by far the best. He is a very good colt," he said. Nolan said there were promising times ahead for Spirit of Boom. "Congratulations to Tony Gollan, Scott McAlpine and all the team at Eureka, this is a great result for the Queensland breeding industry and I'm confident there's big things ahead," he said. Dual Gr1 winner Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) is standing his fourth season at Eureka Stud at a fee of $11,000 (inc. GST).
At Doomben in Brisbane, Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) sired his first stakes winner when exciting 2YO Australian-bred gelding EF Troop (Spirit Of Boom- Limealicious, by Exceed And Excel) scored in the manner of an outstanding juvenile when trouncing his hapless rivals in the $100,000 Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1110m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating Crockett & Commissioner. EF Troop's stunning victory saw him firm into $5 favourite for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast on 13 January. He also extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $128,700 in earnings. Trainer Tony Gollan said he expects Ef Troop to improve even further after his latest win. "Ef Troop might be favourite now but the market is likely to change a few times yet before the race," Gollan told Racing Queensland. "I was really pleased how he did it today even though it was only a small field." He added: "He's got such a high cruising speed and he'll be even better after this run." EF Troop is out of the winning Exceed And Excel mare Limealicious and hails from the family of Gr2 winning and dual Gr1 placed US mare Topicount (Private Account). He was purchased by Gollan and renowned bloodstock expert John Foote for $70,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Eureka Stud.
At Doomben in Brisbane, Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) added a black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Outback Barbie (Spirit Of Boom-Pure Purrfection, by General Nediym) unleashed a sharp sprint to score an impressive debut win in the $100,000 Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1110m) for 2YO fillies, defeating Granny Red Shoes & Witherspoon. A $210,000 purchase for owners Alan & Jennifer Acton at this year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Eureka Stud, Outback Barbie advanced her record to 1 win from 1 starts for $64,000 in earnings. Trainer Tony Gollan, who also trained Phelan Ready Stakes winner EF Troop, said the two stable-mates were very different horses. "Outback Barbie is a different type of horse to Ef Troop," Gollan told Racing Queensland. "She was very good today considering she'd only had a couple of jump outs and a trial. She's very professional and made full use of her good alley." He added: "She can settle a lot better in her races than Ef Troop and she'll take a great deal of improvement from this run." Outback Barbie is also expected to head towards the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on 13 January.
The build up to next month's $10 million Magic Millions race day gathered momentum on Saturday with seven Magic Millions graduates claiming stakes wins. Led by an exciting win in the Gr2 Villiers Stakes by Brisbane-based miler Crack Me Up, the performances of all stakes winners were timely with the majority being aimed at Queensland's richest raceday on 13 January. The $60,000 2015 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase Crack Me Up will now head to the $1 Million Magic Millions Cup (1400m), while the Gr1 Doncaster Mile is an option in the autumn. Just over half an hour later at Randwick, quality Redoute's Choice mare Zestful scored a valuable stakes win when she edged out fellow Magic Millions graduate I Thought So in the listed Razor Sharp Handicap (1200m). The 6YO pushed her earnings past $400,000 when victorious for trainer Kris Lees. Earlier in the afternoon it was all about the 2YOs and the impressive performances of stable-mates Ef Troop and Outback Barbie. Ef Troop shot to outright favouritism for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) when he trounced the field in the listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1110m), while Outback Barbie made an auspicious start to her career with a debut win in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes (1110m). Both juveniles are by Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom. Other Doomben winners on the day were millionaire galloper Most Important who returned to his brilliant best in the Listed Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m), exciting 3YO Whypeeo who claimed his maiden stakes win in the Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m), and the speedy Robert Heathcote-trained Pinch River who continued his brilliant first-up form by winning the Listed Bribie Handicap (1050m).
Champion Queensland trainer Tony Gollan is playing down the extraordinary recent barrier trial win of exciting juvenile EF Troop. EF Troop, who became the first winner for Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom when saluting on debut at Doomben last month, romped home by 20 lengths in a 2YO trial at the Gold Coast on 7 December. Currently equal second favourite ($11) for next month's $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast, EF Troop will step out for the first time in six weeks in tomorrow's Listed Phelan Ready Stakes (1110m) at Doomben. "I took him to the Gold Coast for a trial so he could have a look at the place, just in case we get to the Magic Millions with him," Gollan told racenet. "To be honest I would have liked it to be a more competitive trial, and maybe one where they got out running and he could have tagged something into it." He added: "But he led and kept getting further in front and came through it well, so I'm happy enough with that." Click here to watch EF Troop's trial.
Two-year-old gelding EF Troop became the first winner for Eureka Stud sire Spirit Of Boom when scoring a determined win in the QTIS 2YO Colts & Geldings Handicap (1050m) at Doomben on Saturday. EF Troop ($2.15 favourite) backed up his impressive 8.5 length barrier trial win on Tuesday to lead throughout to win by a neck over Only Wanna Sing (Your Song) with Catastrophic (Smart Missile) in third. Prepared by champion Queensland trainer Tony Gollan, EF Troop is out of the winning Exceed And Excel mare Limealicious and hails from the family of Gr2 winning and dual Gr1 placed US mare Topicount (Private Account). He was purchased by Gollan and renowned bloodstock expert John Foote for $70,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Eureka Stud. Gollan said EF Troop's long-term aim is the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast in January. "It was a great run from a horse having his first start. He is a Magic Millions horse so he can have ten days in the paddock and then we will start looking at the Magic Millions Classic," Gollan told AAP. "He [Spirit Of Boom] has had a couple of seconds earlier this season so it's great to be the first to train a winner by him. He is going to make a top sire." Dual Gr1 winner Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) is standing his fourth season at Eureka Stud at a fee of $11,000 (inc. GST).