The McAlpine family’s Eureka Stud has a long history and an illustrious list of winners under their banner as breeders.
But recent super success came in the name of Temple of Boom, who landed the Gr 1 Galaxy (1,100m) at Randwick on Oaks Day in April. For Eureka it was a walk down memory lane on that track, as Eureka-breds’ Just Now won the AJC Oaks in 1975 and Eureka Jewel ran second in that race in 1996.
Temple of Boom (by former Eureka sire Piccolo), added to the memories at racing’s elite level when he sprinted away to honour Toowoomba trainer Tony Gollan and young gun hoop James McDonald with their first Gr 1 glory.
Bred, raised and sold by Eureka, Temple of Boom a $40,000 purchase at 2008 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, alongside his half-brother Spirit of Boom have combined earnings over $1.7 million. Their eight-time winner and SW dam Temple Spirit, was both Gollan-trained and Eureka-bred.
Eureka-branded and bred winners are plenty. Raised on the rich black soils of the Darling Downs, with old-fashioned horsemanship and hard work has paid and paved the way for continued success.
Gr 1 winners Picaday, Show A Heart, Scenic Peak, Skalato, Just Now, Gr 2 winners Eureka Jewel, Express Air, Memphis Blues, Scenic Warrior, Palatious , Bernalla, Herosim, and Alma Mater (dam of Savannah Success and granddam of Savabeel) all products of Eureka – families and paddocks. Just to name a handful.
Stallion success stories for Eureka include the most notable Semipalatinsk, the ill-fated Brave Warrior and Piccolo. Red Dazzler now holds the reins at Eureka, recently making his mark as leading QLD sire last season on earnings and top of list in Nation on number of winners. With his oldest as 3 year-olds they represent him well, as he sits 5th on Australia’s second season sire list.
With such a success story, surely waiting in the wings or grazing on the “Downs”, is another “boom” horse, by Red Dazzler or not, but bred and raised by Eureka !