Sequalo's dual Listed winner Spirit Of Boom went so close to his first Group success when embarking on a Melbourne Spring Carnival campaign on Saturday, the Tony Gollan trained five-year-old at only his second attempt down the Flemington straight nosed out in the shadows of the post in the Bobbie Lewis Quality.
Having his first run since a close up sixth in the Stradbroke Handicap, Spirit Of Boom did not have the best of runs, facing the breeze and racing greenly.
"If he goes straight he wins!" said a frustrated Michael Walker who was riding Spirit Of Boom for the first time, impressed by his courage in going so close after doing a bit wrong.
"I still thought we had won," he said.
"He just got lost out there today," Gollan said, "but I am very proud of him - it was a terrific run and hopefully we are going to have a good Spring with him."
A home-bred for Eureka Thoroughbreds who raced the entire with a group of stable clients, Spirit Of Boom has won six of his 28 starts - amassing over $758,000 in stakes.
A $90,000 Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sale graduate, Spirit Of Boom - on top of his two Listed wins (the Ken Russell Memorial Classic and the Goldmarket Handicap) has been in the placings at blacktype level on six occasions and at two he won the Magic Millions 2Y0 Prelude by seven lengths.
An especially good looker, Spirit Of Boom is a half brother to his Gr.1 Galaxy winning stable mate Temple Of Boom out of the stakes placed multiple city winning Piccolo mare Temple Spirit who sadly died young after producing just four foals.