Mark Smith (Breednet) – Saturday June 3
The Spirit Of Boom gelding Prince Of Boom punched his ticket for next week’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap after he made every post a winner in Saturday’s Group II The Star Moreton Cup (1200m) at Eagle Farm. Ridden by Tim Clark for Robert Heathcote, Prince of Boom never looked like being caught at any stage. The 4yo gelding defeated the All Too Hard gelding All Too Easy by two and three-quarter lengths, with the 6yo Rubick entire Contemptuous a length back in third.
With his fourth stakes success, Prince Of Boom advances his record to seven wins and a third from 16 starts with earnings of $991,500. “He got such reasonably soft sectionals in front, and with a guy like Tim Clark on board, who’s arguably the best front-running jockey in Australia, I knew he was going to be hard to run down,” Heathcote said. “They’ve run 34.3 (last 600m); he was going to be hard to catch, wasn’t he?” “I think we were into the Stradbroke anyway. It just makes the decision a little easier for the owners. Look, I’m a realist, I know he’s going to find it tough, 1400m around here, but that was a Group II today. and he put paid to them. We haven’t got a rider yet. I expect the phone will go. “I’ll do what I’ve been doing with him. I take him down the beach quite a bit, the horse is going super. He started off with a win in the Ascot, he ran super in the Victory behind Rothfire and he’s run in the Doomben 10,000. He’s not quite Group 1 class at that level at weight-for-age, but he showed today he’s a serious racehorse.”
Adrenaline Thoroughbreds shelled out $20,000 for the son of Spirit Of Boom from the Eureka Thoroughbreds draft at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale. A three-quarter brother to stakes-winner Simply Fly (Spirit Of Boom), Prince Of Boom is the best of two winners from four to race from the winning Red Dazzler mare Dazzling Display, a half-sister to the Group II Queensland Guineas winner Express Air (Piccolo).
Michael Nolan purchased a Defcon half-sister to Prince Of Boom from the Eureka Stud draft at the 2023 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale. After missing to Spirit Of Boom in 2021, Dazzling Display revisited the Eureka Stud stallion last spring.