Eureka

Wins Gr 1 MVRC William Reid S
Rolling hills of Eureka
Mares graze on irrigated creek flats
Spirit of Boom beats Temple of Boom in GR 1 Doomben 10,000
Tinto wins Gr 1 BRC QLD Oaks
Boom brothers quinella Gr 2 BRC Victory Stakes Temple beats Spirit
Tiyatrolani scores Listed win at Doomben
Eureka mares
Eureka paddocks
Red Dazzler & Angus McAlpine
happy in the sun
peace in the paddock
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Spirit of Boom's first yearlings were highly sought in the 2017 sales

Spirits are high with the sale success of Spirit of Boom's first yearling crop. Offered all over Australia, to give interstate trainers and owners opportunity to own a "Boom" and see them race across the Nation, he achieved outstanding results off his $11,000 service fee.

First in the ring at the January Magic Millions, his Session 1 half dozen averaged $120,000 with a $210,000 top price tag for the filly out our Pure Purrfection (by General Nediym). 

Over the whole Gold Coast MM January, he sold 13 to average $80,697.

On to Sydney and the Inglis Classic Sale where 6 sold to average $52,500.

Next over the ditch to NZ Karaka, where two offered, two sold to average $47,500.

Back to Melbourne Inglis Premier for 3 to sell well for an average of $45,000

To Adelaide Magic Millions Book 1, 4 offered, 4 sold to average $38,874

Finally back in at the QLD March Magic Millions, his large draft tallied 30 sold to average $28,733

In total he sold 63 yearlilngs across Australasia to average $41,000

In his first three seasons he ranked supreme covering good books of mares with over 90% fertility setting him off to boom beginnings, now vincicated in his yearling sale success.

Eureka born, bred and raced, Spirit of Boom stood his first season at stud at a fee of $11,000 (inc gst) and now entering his 4th season he will stand at the same fee.

A true Queenslander, a son of Sequalo, bred from generations of Eureka broodmare blood, inc. the Semipalatinsk broodmare sire line, he is a 2yo stakeswinner, twice Gr 1 winning sprinter, and a tough, consistent group performer at elite level across Australia.

"We are overwhelmed with the support the breeders and shareholders gave him and we are really pleased with the way the market has accepted him and delighted for breeders' sales sucesss.

He is been given an Nation wide opportunity now with some of his stock entering some of Australia's leading stables. We wish to thank all those who supported him by way of breeding or buying and now hope like hell he  becomes a great sucess story." said Scott McAlpine.

Eureka History

Eureka Stud was founded in 1935 by Andrew McAlpine. Similar to a   number of thoroughbred studs in Queensland, the property has been handed down from one generation to the next - current owner managers being Andrew's son, Colin and grandson Scott who has three sons, Harry, Angus and Charlie.

Over the past 75 years the original 'square mile of timbered Darling Downs black soil country with no infrastructure and no fencing except along the boundary line' has expanded to 1350 acres. Through hard work by hand, the McAlpine family have shaped and pioneered a successful stud from modest beginnings and old-fashioned horsemanship.

Practicality, well maintained buildings, natural and planted pastures, protected higher ground, and undulating paddocks with a focus on safety, and a desire to reduce the stress on every horse and let the horse grow out naturally on the property has resulted in success, not necessarily a five-star hotel rating. "It's not the colour of the fences - it's what's inside them that counts," Scott says.

Eureka has earned the title of leading Queensland stud over the years, and home to leading Queensland stallion, Semipalatinsk (USA), while boasting an impressive tally of four Magic Millions winners. Eureka has produced, Group winners in every State, Group One winners Spirit of Boom, Temple of Boom, Tinto, Picaday, Just Now, Scenic Peak, Show a Heart and Skalato (which had it taken from him on a technicality) as well as multiple Group wins and Group One seconds to include Eureka Jewel, Memphis Blues and Skalato.

The family's ability to breed and raise such an enviable list of Group performers becomes more noteworthy when you consider that most have been produced from a moderately priced broodmare band. Eureka mares have won Queensland Broodmare of the Year Awards no less than five times. The stud owes much of its success to a historical (yet increasingly rare) approach of supporting foundation mares and their daughters over decades - not months or years as commercial nuances dictates what may or may not be 'fashionable' - thus producing future generations of champions ( a strategy also supported by world renowned owner/breeder, the Aga Khan). Colin says, however, that you can't learn it overnight.

Eureka Stud's 76-year history gives it the distinction of being a true achiever in the field of producing exceptional thoroughbreds.

The McAlpine family's success has been achieved by back-breaking work, good horsemanship, honesty,staunch integrity and determination plus the occasional stroke of luck.