At Royal Randwick on Saturday, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred filly Fiesta (I Am Invincible-Now Now, by Danehill Dancer) kicked off her spring campaign with a decisive win in the opening leg of the Princess Series, the $200,000 Gr2 Darley Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) for 3YO fillies, defeating Outback Barbie & Futooh. Purchased by Star Thoroughbreds in partnership with Chris Waller Racing for $150,000 at the 2017 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Fiesta improved her record to 2 wins (including the Gr3 Widden Stakes) and 4 placings (including the Gr2 Sweet Embrace Stakes, Gr2 Percy Sykes Stakes & Listed ATC Gimcrack Stakes) from 7 starts for $434,550 in earnings.
If one was to pick a race for a Maiden 3YO filly to break the shackles, then Saturday's Silver Shadow Stakes at Royal Randwick is not exactly where most trainers would look. What makes the case different for Tony McEvoy is that Oohood, despite her winless status, is star material through and through – three Gr1 placings as a juvenile are testament to that. Won by Formality, Omei Sword and Speak Fondly in its last three renewals, the Silver Shadow is a quality race, and Oohhod, the $2.35 favourite, will need to be at her best to see off the likes of underrated Fiesta, speedy Meryl and dashing Queensland raider Outback Barbie. Neither Fernhill Stakes winner nor untapped Godolphin aspirant Laburnam are slouches either, so if Ooohood franks her market price she will have earned the right to tick the box that says winner.
Two of the earliest stars by Eureka Stud's boom stallion Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) will take divergent paths for the early part of their 3YO spring campaigns. According to AAP, stakes-performed Tony Gollan stablemates Eft Troop and Outback Barbie will head to different states. Ef Troop is slated to make his race return at Doomben next Saturday over 1100m, while Outback Barbie will head south to Sydney where she'll tackle either the Silver Shadow Stakes or San Domenico Stakes – both likely to attract star-studded fields. Gollan intimated he'll be taking things one step at a time, with either Sydney or Melbourne remaining possibilities for Ef Troop if he runs up to expectations. With the duo having filled third and fourth placings in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, next January's Magic Millions Carnival is at the back of Gollan's mind as he maps out their future programs.
Champion Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan will wait and see how smart juveniles Outback Barbie and Ef Troop trial at Doomben this morning before making any plans for the spring. The rising 3YOs, who are both by Eureka Stud's first season sire sensation Spirit Of Boom, were stakes winners in their juvenile season and Gollan is hoping they can once again make their mark during the Melbourne and Sydney carnivals. "They both look to have spelled very well. But we will get a better idea after the trials. I have put nothing in concrete for either of them," Gollan told Sky Racing. "But at this stage Ef Troop is likely to resume at Doomben on August 11. We will have to find a race for Outback Barbie to resume." He added: "There are a stack of races for both during the spring so we can take our time." Outback Barbie has been entered in the Gr1 Thousand Guineas while Ef Troop holds an entry in the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas in Melbourne.
Eureka Stud's young sire sensation Spirit Of Boom has had his service fee increased fivefold to $55,000 for the 2018 breeding season. From a initial service fee of $11,000, the dual Gr1 winning sprinter has enjoyed a remarkable start to his stud career siring four individual stakes winners, namely EF Troop, Outback Barbie, Kinky Boom and Jonker. He is currently the leading First Season Sire in Australia by winners and also leads the Australian 2YO Sire List by winners. The early success of Spirit Of Boom's progeny has seen him embraced by buyers as the next big thing with his stock proving immensely popular in the sale ring. According to breednet, his 62 yearlings have sold at an average of $161,750 - more than 14 times his $11,000 service fee - with the highest being a colt out of Tiyatro (Encosta de Lago) that sold to James Harron for $500,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in January.
On day two of The Championships at Royal Randwick, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning stallion I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit-Cannarelle, by Canny Lad) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Pure Elation (I Am Invincible-Members Joy, by Hussonet) proved too classy for her rivals scoring a comfortable maiden stakes win in the $600,000 Gr2 Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) for 2YO fillies, defeating Fiesta & Outback Barbie. Owned by Sir Owen Glenn's Go Bloodstock Australia, Pure Elation improved her record to 2 wins and 1 placing (the Gr2 ATC Reisling Stakes) from 5 starts for $555,870 in earnings. A $320,000 purchase at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Swettenham Stud, Pure Elation hails from the family of Gr3 Merson Cooper Stakes winner Rosa's Joy (Rory's Jester), stakes winners Rosa's Spur and Rosarino, and six-time stakes winning sprinter Cohort.
With five weeks between her dazzling debut performance and her subsequent start, where she did all but hold off Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Sunlight in the Gr2 Silver Slipper, Estijaab will have derived plenty of benefit from the run. With the Gr1 Golden Slipper looming, though, the rocket-like daughter of Snitzel looked as though one more run would top her off perfectly before a two week break to the seasonal 2YO Championship decider. Currently equal favourite with Sunlight for the Rosehill Gardens feature, Estijaab will carry the hopes of many in tomorrow's Gr2 Reisling Stakes where she's a deserved $1.35 favourite. With the exception of talented Spirit Of Boom filly Outback Barbie, who placed behind Sunlight on the Gold Coast, it looks like Estijaab first, daylight second… and then onto the big one in a fortnight. If she does as is widely expected, she'll join past winners of the Reisling Stakes that include Frolic, English, Earthquake, Samaready, More Joyous, Fashions Afield, Alinghi, Polar Success and Belle du Jour. Not bad company.
At the Gold Coast in Queensland, former 3YO champion Australian sprinter and now Woodside Park & Widden Stud stallion Zoustar (Northern Meteor-Zouzou, by Redoute's Choice) added a restricted stakes race success when gifted 2YO Australian-bred filly Sunlight (Zoustar-Solar Charged, by Charge Forward) made her rivals look second-rate when scoring a dashing win in the $2 million Listed (R) Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Fullazaboot & Outback Barbie. Sunlight, who marked herself as the best juvenile in Australia, advanced her record to 3 wins and 1 placing (the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes) from 4 starts for $1,297,200 in earnings. Trainer Tony McEvoy, who purchased Sunlight's full-sister for $600,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale earlier in the week, said the brilliant filly would now be aimed at the Gr1 Golden Slipper at Rosehill in April. "She's a high-class filly and hasn't put a foot wrong," McEvoy told Racing Queensland Webnews. "She's had such a blessed preparation I feel like a local. We're going to the Golden Slipper now and she's Slipper quality." A daughter of Gr3 Kindergarten Stakes winner Solar Charged, Sunlight was purchased for $300,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud.
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).
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) 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).