Spirit of Boom First Trial Winner

Spirit of Boom nailed it in NZ with his first official trial winner, victory by 8 lengths over 600m at Waverley race course. 

Trained by Andrew Campbell at Masterton, he was purchased by him at the Karaka Select sale for $NZ40,000. Bred by Eureka and sold by Eureka under the Bradbury Park banner, he is a son of Eureka-bred mare by Red Dazzler, Dazzling Display. She is a half-sister to Gr 2 QLD Guineas winner Express Air who also has a Sprit of Boom 2yo colt, currently in training with Lindsay Park in Melbourne.


Basara Impresses on Debut

Eureka-bred 2yo filly Basara (Niconni ex Baroque Pearl) made her mark at Doomben on Saturday with a brilliant performance to win first up. Trained by Tony Sears in Toowoomba, the filly has always shown abily matching stable mate and dual stakeswinning colt Pardoe by Red Dazzler, also Eureka-bred.

Bassara was entered into the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling sale session five in January last year, however after failing the scope at Eureka before travelling to the Gold Coast she was withdrawn. Given six months in the paddock she scoped well when tested again so was put into work withan  outstanding result on debut and ridden well by Teagan Harrison.

Eureka Stallion Parade 2017

Scott McAlpine and family are proud to show off our 2017 stallion line up to our clients and friends by holding a stallion parade at the stud on Sunday 20th August, with gates open at 10.30am for 11am parade.

We do ask that you kindly RSVP with names by Monday 14th August to:

Look forward to welcoming you to Eureka.


Defcon parades at Magic Millions Mare Sale

He has the physique to match his speed.  

Defcon, super sprinting son of Choisir will be available to see at the Gold Coast during the Magic Millions mare sale.

Please contact Scott,  Angus or Jenny at the sale if you wish to view him.

At the end of the week, he will take up residence at Eureka !

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Red Dazzler's Listed 2YO winner Pardoe

Seven For Red Dazzler 

In form juvenile Pardoe (2 f ex Pardees by Rubiton) made it three victories in succession to finish strongly to take out the Oxlade Stakes (Listed, 1200m) at Doomben on 20 May, providing Red Dazzler with his seventh individual stakes winner.

Trained by Tony Sears in Toowoomba, Pardoe had won his maiden at Warwick before again proving victorious at Ipswich on 10 May.

Pardoe was passed in by Eureka at the Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale for $56,000 (reserve $65,000), 

Defcon an Exciting Addition

Brilliant sprinting juvenile, Defcon will bring an added bonus to Eureka and to Queensland.

Not only is he an outstanding sire prospect suitable for Queensland, he adds incentive to breeders with the prospect of extra future funds. 

Blistering winner of Canberra Gr 3 Black Opal Stakes as a 2yo and then Gr 3 MRC McNeil Stakes as a 3yo, he was rated by trainer Peter Snowden as one of his very best youngters. A powerful runner up in the ATC's Gr 2 Silver Slipper Stakes & Gr 3 Canonbury Stakes, he is well suited to produce speed and precocity. Confident of his ability to emulate his ability, Defcon's owners have offered a $250,000 bonus to the breeder, should they produce the 2yo Magic Millions Classic winner in 2021 when his first crop of 2yos emerge.

The multiple Group winning son of Champion sire Choisir will stand his first season at a fee of $8,000 inc gst with a free return.

Real Saga Real Value

Queensland Champion sire REAL SAGA relocates to Eureka Stud

Real Saga (Tale Of The Cat x Windy Kate by Air Express), will this season stand at Eureka Stud alongside Spirit of Boom and Red Dazzler.

Formerly of Glenlogan Park the three time Champion Qld 2YO Sire who has finished in the top 12 on the Australian 2YO Sires table in three of the last four seasons will stand at a fee of $9,900 inc gst with a live foal guarantee.

A naturally talented racehorse, REAL SAGA has produced a 2YO Magic

Millions Classic winner, Real Surreal, G3 ATC Adrian Knox winner Candelara,

as well winners of the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic, Listed Mode Plate,

Listed Phoenix Stakes, Listed Bruce McLachlan Memorial Classic and G1

place getters in the ATC Australian Oaks and JJ Atkins Stakes, with progeny

earnings over $10 million

Being the perfect outcross for Danzig and Danehill-line mares he compliments the Eureka stallion rank at $9,900 and provides real proven value. 

Spirit of Booms' Storm the Sales

Spirit of Boom made a Magic Millions impact.

As the least expensive on service fee ($11,000) of all the first season sires in the Gold Coast sale, he came out on top to be one of the most profitable finishing on that first season sire list behind big stud guns Dundeel, Zoustar, Shamus Award, Shamexpress and Camelot

His progeny averaged $120,000 a cracking 11 times his service fee ($10,000 + GST) putting him third in that best profit on service fee category behind Written Tycoon and I am Invincible via his 6 lots in Book 1 with a top price of $210,000. Even in Book 2 he achieved 100% clearance and averaged over $47,000.

Selling two lots at Karaka in NZ, they sold for $45,000 and $50,000 to Kiwi trainers Andrew Campbell and Nigel Tiley. Watch for more young Booms at the sales in Sydney, Adelaide and Melbourne coming up !


Half-brother by Spirit Of Boom to Turbulent Air to sell in 2017

South African Winner for So You Think
Tara Madgwick - Thursday, 1 September 2016
Champion racehorse and promising sire So You Think has a very promising three year-old in South Africa with lightly raced colt Turbulent Air beating older horses at Kenilworth on Wednesday to post his second win.

The Justin Snaith trained colt was having his fourth start in the 1600 metre contest and forged clear to win by a length.

Turbulent Air as a yearlingTurbulent Air was a $150,000 Inglis Easter purchase for James Bester Bloodstock from the draft of Eureka Thoroughbreds and is the first winner for Group II Queensland Guineas winner Express Air, a Piccolo (GB) mare from the family of Queensland Oaks winner Mother of Pearl.

Spirit of Boom colt ex Express Air will be offered next year through a yearling sale. Being the first crop of Spirit of Boom in the sales ring.

Colin McAlpine A.M.

The Australian thoroughbred industry has lost a truly remarkable figure with the passing of Colin McAlpine.

Born and raised in Queensland’s Darling Downs, McAlpine commenced working for the family-owned, Eureka Stud, at Cambooya straight out of school, but ‘work’ doesn’t quite cut it. For McAlpine, horses were much, much more than something you do from 9 to 5.

Untiring in his advocacy for the Australian-bred horse, McAlpine was a breeder, owner and keen punter, and saw – from very early on – the advantages of introducing northern hemisphere bloodlines to enhance domestic pedigrees. Indeed, in the mid 60s, McAlpine was one of the first Australians – in tandem with legendary trainer Colin Hayes – to regularly attend sales in Europe and North America, developing associations with people across all spectrums of global breeding and racing. His friendships extended from knights, to the bloke who sold the pies.

Throughout the years, McAlpine imported a string of well bred stallions to Queensland – Lumley Road (sire of Champion Stayer, Grey Affair), Piccolo and Puissance among them, but probably most notable was the highly prolific, Semipalatinsk, who, as McAlpine proudly pointed out, produced winners from 800m to 3200m, and is the bedrock of numerous outstanding Eureka families. Somewhat fittingly, Semipalatinsk features in the pedigree of half-brothers and home-bred Group One winners, Spirit of Boom and Temple of Boom, the latter now carrying on the Eureka name as a resident stallion.

The ‘Boom boys’ aside, Eureka has also produced Group One winners such as Champion filly, Just Now, Picaday, Scenic Peak, Show of Heart, Tinto and Skalato.

Champion trainer, David Hayes, remembers McAlpine as “larger than life and an uncanny breeder”.

“He was one of my father’s best friends and a true racing man,” Hayes reminisced. “Colin was around for, well, as long as I can remember. He had a lot of very good horses over the years … the families are very close and indeed, his daughter Jenny has worked for me for a long time.

“Colin lived and breathed racing – back in the days before mobile phones, the phone would ring at 7.30 on a Saturday morning and it would be Colin on the phone, followed by Bob Hawke, wanting to discuss the afternoon’s racing,” Hayes said with a laugh.

“He was a real raconteur – he loved life.”

Despite his many achievements as a breeder and owner, McAlpine – however – will long be remembered for his services to the thoroughbred industry as a visionary administrator.

Serving on the Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland from 1956, McAlpine would become its president for 17 years and, notably, was the first Queensland-based Chairman of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, serving in that capacity for 14 years.

It was in that role McAlpine oversaw the introduction of generous tax concessions to Australian breeders which put his country on a level playing field and largely heralded the commencement of the stallion shuttle era.

McAlpine was an inaugural member of the Thoroughbred Club of Australia and assisted in the founding of the Australian Horse Council. He was on the Board of the Australian and Queensland Horse Councils, was a Director of the Australian Equine Research Council and the Australian Breeders Cooperative Society and, a committee member of the Toowoomba Turf Club.

Furthermore, McAlpine was a life member of the Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland, the Tattersall’s Racing Club, the Toowoomba Royal Agricultural Society and the Bernborough Club. In 1991 he was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his contribution to the Australian Thoroughbred Industry and its promotion throughout the world.

This is an astonishing legacy of service for someone who, until recent years, was still very much involved in the day-to-day activities of his beloved Eureka.

“Colin was one of the most influential breeders in Queensland for many years,” Thoroughbred Breeders Australia Chairman and fellow Queenslander, Basil Nolan, points out. “I had had the privilege of working with Colin on a number of Committees for quite a few decades and his dedication and passion for the industry was second to none.

“Not only was he a fine horseman and breeding entrepreneur, but he was a true gentleman and well respected in the industry … not just in Australia, but world-wide.

“I have no doubt that the Queensland breeding and racing industry prospered on the back of Colin’s vision.”

Colin McAlpine A.M. 14 February 1932 - 4 August 2016 

Rest In Peace at Eureka