Spirit of Boom in Demand in Adelaide


Session-topping lot 127 | Magic Millions photo

First-season sire sensation Spirit of Boom (Aus) (Sequalo {Aus}) was responsible for a Rosemont Stud-consigned son of Moulin Lady (Aus) (Reset {Aus}), who was knocked down to Yuesheng Zhang’s Yu Long Investments for A$300,000 to top the first of two sessions of the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale Tuesday in South Australia.

Cataloged to the sale as lot 127 about midway through the day’s proceedings, the Sept. 1 foal is out of a listed-winning half-sister to the British SW & MGSP Bannock (Bertolini) and to the dam of Group 3 winner Diddums (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}) and SP Brettan (Aus) (Commands {Aus}). The colt’s third dam Lisieux (Steady Growth) produced Canadian Horse of the Year Never Retreat (Smart Strike).

“He was short listed by Mr Zhang,” Yulong’s Eric Koh said. “We were looking for a nice yearling by Spirit of Boom–the up-and-coming sire. This lot really caught our eye and Mr Zhang really likes him–he was determined to get him. There’s a lot of hype about [Spirit of Boom] and we think he’s producing really good types and we wanted to buy one.”

Purchased by Crown Point Thoroughbreds for just A$10,000 at last May’s Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, lot 127 was done little harm by the rousing success of the first crop of his Eureka Stud-based stallion. Far and away Australia’s leading freshman sire by number of winners (10) and second only to Zoustar (Aus) by earnings, Spirit of Boom has already been represented no fewer than four black-type winners, including EF Troop (Aus)–also beaten just a head in the G2 Todman S.–and ‘TDN Rising Star’ Kinky Boom (Aus), victorious on debut in the restricted Inglis 2YO Premier S.

“It’s a great result for good clients of ours Crown Park Thoroughbreds, who do a bit of dabbling on low-end weanlings– trying to pinhook a few for a profit and they’ve done a great job here–$10,000 into $300,000,” said Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen.

Spirit of Boom also supplied the session’s top-priced filly, a bay daughter of Good Deal (Aus) (Good Journey), who was purchased by Kennewell Racing for A$125,000 from the consignor partnership of Eureka Stud and Cornerstone Stud.

Yu Long was also the successful bidder on lot 205, a colt by Nicconi (Aus)–Sparkle Arkle (Aus) (Dehere) from the first Adelaide consignment of Adam Palmer’s Princess Park Thoroughbreds. The third foal from his dam, lot 205 hails from the female family of US Grade I winner Toga Toga Toga (Saratoga Six) and G1 Queensland Oaks winner Vouvray (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}) and was an A$60,000 purchase by Sheamus Mills Bloodstock out of the National Weanling Sale last May.

From 217 horses through the ring, a total of 173 youngsters were reported as sold (79.7% clearance) for turnover of A$7,481,500. The average was A$43,325 with a median price of A$35,000. The second and final session of the Adelaide sale kicks off Wednesday morning. Last year’s event was conducted over the course of three days, making strict year-over-year comparisons difficult. For full results, visit www.magicmillions.com.au.

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