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Sprint Treble On Stud-Bound Spirit Of Boom's Agenda
Top-class Queensland sprinter Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) will be running for more than just Gr1 glory in the BTC Cup (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday, reports dailytelegraph.com.au. Spirit Of Boom will commence stallion duties at Eureka Stud, on Queensland's Darling Downs, after he runs in the Brisbane Gr1 sprint treble of the BTC Cup, Doomben 10,000 and Stradbroke Handicap. The 6YO entire is sure to prove popular among local breeders but Eureka stud master Scott McAlpine believes another top-flight victory will make him an attractive breeding prospect Australia-wide. Four generations of the McAlpine family have operated Eureka Stud for more than half a century and have stood noted sires such as Semipalatinsk and the ill-fated Brave Warrior. "We have been around for a long time so obviously we know it is no use getting too upbeat until the results are in," McAlpine said. "However, we have high hopes Spirit Of Boom can win one of the Group 1's. It would mean a terrific boost to his stud career, so I suppose there is a little bit of added pressure on him." Spirit Of Boom will stand for $11,000 this breeding season and is expected to attract up to 120 mares. "He is an ideal stallion for Queensland as he is a super tough horse who won a Magic Millions preview as a two-year-old and a Group 1 race at six," McAlpine said. McAlpine said Spirit Of Boom and his half-brother Temple Of Boom had been outstanding for the stud, winning a combined 19 races and more than $3.2 million prize-money. "We would love to see Temple Of Boom win another big race in Brisbane but he will race on hopefully at the spring carnival and Magic Millions carnival."