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


Flautino Finale for Colin

Red Dazzler mare Flautino marked her final run with a win farwelling her late breeder and owner Colin McAlpine.

Racing in Eureka's renwoned colours created in the 1940's by Colin McAlpne, her win at Ipswich on Friday 12th August was a fitting farwell to Colin, she being his first runner since his passing 8 days earlier. Flautino, with a full blown Eureka famliy was bred by Colin and Scott. Being out of the stud's late shuttle sire Piccolo (GB) mare, Piccolo Music by Semipatatinsk (USA).

Flautino, now winner of 3 races will retire to Eureka as a broodmare this season.  Flautino chalks up a fantastic 436 wins for her sire Red Dazzler.

Red Dazzler Rock Solid

Red Dazzler continues to score runs on the board. Solid at 61% winners to runners ratio and with progeny earnings over $10 million, the old boy of Eureka rarely disapoints owner breeders like those of Rudy. The 5yo gelding again at the fore when deadheating at Doomben with Gr1 QLD Derby wnner Jumbo Prince in the listed Singapore Trophy Members Hcp recently.

Red Dazzler Winners Ratio 58%

Proven sire of winner after winner, Red Dazzler boasts a winners to runners ratio of 58%. With 212 starters, he has sired 123 winners for 345 race wins. Total prodgey earnings of $8.8 million since he entered stud in 2007. Red Dazzler shows sound stastics when breeding to win... and cash in score QTIS bonus priemoney in QLD. (stats as of 25/9/15)

Lilly Dazzler Flemington winner

Lilly Dazzler scored her second Melbourne Metropoiltan win with a victory at Flemington over 1800m on 18 July.  The 4yo daughter of Red Dazzler has now won 5 times to amass $138,000 in prizemoney. From 18 runs, the consistent mare has placed on 8 occassions, proving her solidarity and soundness, consistent with other progeny of Red Dazzler. A sire who has to be one of the best value proven sires in Australia. 

Boom Babies On The Way

A 90 percent strike rate has netted crack Queensland stallion and proven Group 1 performer, Spirit of Boom an impressive 139 mares in-foal, during his first season at Eureka Stud on the Darling Downs.
In what rates as the second biggest book of mares covered in the State during 2014, Spirit of Boom’s progeny represents a calibre that’s sure to make a mark on the Australian thoroughbred racing scene.
“Given this horse’s strong bloodlines plus pedigree as a dual Group 1 winner, having claimed victory in the William Reid Stakes and Doomben 10,000 in 2014, it’s no surprise he’s piqued interest among breeders,” confirmed Eureka Stud owner Scott McAlpine.
“He was always destined for a return to his birthplace here at Eureka, but solid performances on the track have only enhanced the allure.
“We’re talking about a horse that garnered a cult following in his racing days and I’m sure that tradition will continue well into the future, particularly given the black type performed or producing mares that have ventured out this way during the breeding season.”
The 7-year-old is certain to match the breeding feats of his late father, Sequalo, having aroused particular interest from home-state breeders.
“Kenbelle, the dam of triple Group 1 winner Boban plus Truly Brave, the dam of 2014 Queensland Oaks winner, Tinto gives you a proper insight into the quality of horse we’re talking about here,” added McAlpine.
“There are a further three mares who have produced Group 1 winners plus proven track performers in their own right including listed winner Pure Purffection and Group 2 victor, Express Air.
“There are also mares who have traditionally been serviced by Sequalo, with owners intent on maintaining that proven successful line. Of particular interest will be the pairing with five-time Stakes winner Missy Longstocking’s dam Linyanti.”
With the precociousness to be a listed winner, who was Group 2 placed as a 2-year-old, and the durability to win Group 1 races as a 6-year-old, Spirit of Boom provides future owners with the realistic chance of having a Magic Millions horse or one that can race in a Stradbroke Handicap as a 7-year-old. Only time will tell how successful his stud career envelops, but it will come as no surprise to connections if he was to exceed his illustrious exploits out on the track with this recent career change.
Spirit of Boom: 2014 Breeding Season
153 individual mares covered
139 In Foal
Strike rate over 90%
Second biggest book of mares covered in QLD
Mares include:
Angel Girl: Dam of SOURTHEN LORD winner of Levin Classic, Gr.1
EXPRESS AIR: winner of the Queensland Guineas, Gr.2
Air’s Precious: Dam of EXPRESS AIR winner of the Queensland Guineas, Gr.2
Silken Whisper: Dam of CHURCHILL DOWNS winner of the Bill Stutt S. Gr.2, 2nd in the magic millions 2YO. sire
Silky Tiger: Half-sister to high heels dam of DESERT WAR and LASER HAWK. Also half-sister to Dearness dam of ROMANTIC TOUCH winner of the JJ Atkins Gr.1
Red Kate: half-sister to ANOTHER WARRIOR winner of the Moonee Valley Gold Cup Gr.2, also half-sister to Windy Kate dam of REAL SAGA
Linyanti: dam of MISSY LONGSTOCKING (sequalo) duel Gr.3 winner
Presina: Grand dam of EAGLE FALLS winner of the MRC Oakleigh P., Gr 1
Truly Brave: dam of TINTO winner of the Queensland Oaks, Gr 1
KENBELLE: dam of BOBAN triple Gr.1 winner
Shower of Steel: dam of CARIAD ( sequalo) listed winner and POLISHED STEEL Gr.3 winner
My name is Luka: dam of EASTERN PRINCE listed winner

Temple Of Boom Goes On

EVERGREEN sprinter Temple Of Boom is set to embark on his sixth consecutive Melbourne spring carnival, but with a new plan of attack after his brave fourth in Saturday’s Stradbroke Handicap.

Trainer Tony Gollan is not interested in the premier sprints again this year and instead wants to tackle the early weight-for-age races, which often lack depth and include many stayers resuming.

Temple Of Boom’s fourth in Saturday’s Stradbroke follows his fifth-placed effort in 2012 and second placing last year.

It took his earnings to $1.9 million and Gollan wants to give him the chance to crack the $2 million mark.

“We’re not going to retire him yet. While he’s still competitive he can keep going,” he said.

“He looked magnificent on Saturday and he’s a happy horse. He doesn’t look like a rising nine-year-old and he’s remarkably sound.

“He’s only had four runs this time in and he could race again in a fortnight if I wanted to.

“But I will give him a little break now and try to use that residual fitness in some of those early Melbourne races. The weight-for-age races at that time of year should suit, because there’s usually still a bit of sting out of the ground as well.


Rudy - Gr 2 Winner for Red Dazzler

Rudy Wins Gr2 Villiers Stakes

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Gr1-winning stallion Red Dazzler added a Group success when 4YO gelding Rudy (Red Dazzler-Go on Now Go, by Success Express) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Helen Page in the $175,000 Gr2 Villiers Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+.  Red Dazzler, sire of Gr 1 Queensland Oaks winner, Tinto has now ammassed over 6.7million, 99 winners and for 279 wins. 15/12/14

Spirited Support for Spirit of Boom

Spirit of Boom has taken off as a stud prospect. Syndicated as a sire, shareholders are fully supporting him with quality mares, boosting his opportunity for success. He is proving popluar in the market with broodmare owners lining up and booking in. All argues well for the Boom to continue way into the future. Eureka thanks all loyal and new clients for thier broodmare suport and spirit. 13/7/14

Spirit of Boom lets down well at Eureka

Spirit of Boom is settling into his new stud home. Putting on weight and keeping fit, he is getting ready for his first book of mares. Eureka thanks all clients for bookings and shareholder support. 3/7/14 see photos on Spirit of Boom page