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Boom times raise spirits

WINNING CROSS: Kevin and Kathy Eyles, Rolleston, with trainer Tom Button and two-time Callaghan Park winner Lansdowne Road, a Snippets/Danehill cross.
WINNING CROSS: Kevin and Kathy Eyles, Rolleston, with trainer Tom Button and two-time Callaghan Park winner Lansdowne Road, a Snippets/Danehill cross. Darcy Digby Race Photos

THIS time next year, Spirit Of Boom will be covering his first book of mares at Eureka Stud but the six-year- old's racing days are far from over, judging by Saturday's $220,000 Group 2 Perri Cutten Caulfield Sprint (1100m).

Winless in 21 months, Spirit Of Boom has placed nine times since capturing the Magic Millions Cup in January last year.

On Caulfield Cup day, ridden by Nick Hall, Spirit Of Boom came with his late finishing run to defeat Shamal Wind by three-quarters of a length.

"He has run so many good races down here in the last three seasons and this looked a really good race for him today from the good alley," trainer Tony Gollan said.

"Nick Hall just rode him perfectly by letting him settle back and unleashing him on the corner. We'll stay around now. More than likely, he'll be run in the Salinger."

A half-brother to the Group 1 The Galaxy winner Temple Of Boom, Spirit Of Boom is out of the Special Dane mare Temple Spirit, who produced just four foals before her death in 2010.

Spirit Of Boom is the second stakes' winner in a week for Lyndhurst Stud's veteran stallion Sequalo, who also tasted stakes success at the carnival with the Liam Birchley-trained Missy Longstocking in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes.

Speaking of new Queensland stallions for next year, Sizzling is reported to be going to stand at Newgate Farm, NSW, next year. Directors this week finalised the deal to secure the Group 1 winning juvenile.

A son of leading sire Snitzel, he will be sent for a spell with a view to an autumn campaign under a new trainer before being retired to join foundation sire Foxwedge. This is a blow to Queensland broodmare owners who were awaiting his retirement next year.

Sizzling, a great grandson of Danehill, allows his blood to "nick" with a wide variety of sire lines.

The Danehill/Snippets cross has been responsible for many top-quality gallopers, such as Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily and other Group 1 winners such as Wanted, Magnus and Shellscrape. Queensland sires to carry this precocious winning cross of blood are local Carrara and Exceedingly Good, at Wattle Brae.

Locally, new racehorse to the area Lansdowne Road has been proving the cross works here, as he is of the same blood, after winning his past two races at Callaghan Park for new owners to the Tom Button stable, Kevin and Kathy Eyles, of Rolleston Concreting.

Tom has been on fire of late, with his past five starters all winning and he tells me he has more to come - so stick with him!

Topics:  from the running rail horse racing kerrod smyth thoroughbred


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