What a great return on his purchase price of $90,000 (2009 Magic Millions QTIS 600 Sale) Spirit Of Boom has been - the classy four-year-old on Saturday with his fast finishing victory in the Magic Millions Cup taking his prize money tally to an impressive $681,900.
Recording his second win in a row - having taken out the Listed Goldmarket at the Gold Coast at his previous outing, the Tony Gollan trained bay got back on a track suiting leaders but able to let go of a powerful finishing burst before drawing clear to win by half a length.
The winner of six races from 900m to 1400m, Spirit Of Boom has been able to find his best form on firm tracks - "he just hates rain affected tracks," Gollan said.
"He has got a great turn of foot but he has been plagued with wet tracks - we are just rapt!"
Likely to head to Melbourne for a crack at next year's spring carnival, Spirit Of Boom has plenty of options in the meantime - from Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane to maybe even Dubai.
"The Queensland Winter does looka nice option but we'll sit around and have a think about it," Gollan said.
Bred by Eureka Thoroughbreds, Spirit Of Boom is a half brother to his classy stablemate Temple Of Boom, twice a winner at Group level at Flemington. Sadly their dam, the stakes placed multiple city winning Special Dane mare Temple Spirit died two years ago having produced just four foals.
Sequalo has been in great form of late - of course there is nothing new in that!
Recent winners for the Lyndhurst stalwart since the start of the year have been Modern Al, Mr Thatcher, Strap Theory, Ticket To Dream, Snippets Secret, Don't You Worry, Bahsa, Turqouise Dancer, Withdru, Thirty Tree Large, Platinum Lion, Dever's Express, Whispering Death and Damalo.
One of the fastest horses and speed influences to stand in Queensland is the Kruger family's Lyndhurst stud's now veteran winner Sequalo, contributor to the immediate breeding of each of the first three home in the $100,000 Bat Out of Hell over 900m at the Gold Coast on Saturday.
The handsome near black Sequalo supplied the dam of the winner Carry To Fortune, a 5-year-old mare by another Lyndhurst sire, England bred Carry The Flag, and in addition two of his sons, Seek and Find and Reilly Blue, filled second and third places.
Each successful eight times at sprint distances, the Kelso Wood prepared runner up Seek and Find was coming off three successive wins in Brisbane and the N. Hilton trained Reilly Blue wins at Toowoomba and Doomben in December, but Carry To Fortune had not won since recording two in a row in Brisbane late last summer.
All her six wins from 23 starts, including the Bat Out of Hell, have been by clear margins. On Saturday, she turned in an inspiring performance, going to the line 1.8 lengths ahead of her nearest rival and covering the trip in 0:50.26 (track record 0:49.66) and last 600m in 0:32.45.
Her sire Carry The Flag, a son of the Nijinsky grandson Tenby, was at his best at 2000m-2400m, winning the Shergar Cup at Goodwood in England and then the Gold Cup at Singapore, but her dam Sequalo Fair, like the bulk of the Sequalo winners, was a sprinter, albeit a modest one. She won twice in 21 starts, an appearance at Doomben at two and one as a late 3-year-old in Darwin.
Like the Sandra O'Sullivan, Gold Coast trained Carry To Fortune, bred and raced by B.J. Bremner, the first two dams, Sequalo Fair and Anora Fair, both had the distinction of racing in the NorthernTerritory.
A daughter of Appleby Fair, a Marscay Listed winner at 1000m at Moonee Valley and a Blue Diamond fourth, Anora Fair had her only win at Adelaide River near Darwin.
Anora Fair also went to Carry The Flag, producing Carry To Glory, a talented performer raced by Bremner whose nine outings included a win over 1000m at the Sunshine Coast and at Eagle Farm a third in the Group1 T.J. Smith 2YO Stakes and a fifth of 15 in the Group 2 Sires' Produce Stakes.
Carry To Fortune's dam, the Bat Out Hell minor placegetters Seek and Find and Reilly Blue, and also Leealan, runner up at the Gold Coast on Saturday in the $100,000 3YO Quality (1200m) and earlier in eleven outings successful four times on this track, including three in succession, continued the big start to 2012 for the Sequalo progeny.
Among his other runners in the first eight days of the year have been two successful at the Gold Coast on January 2, Spirit of Boom (the $100,000 Listed Goldmarket) and Ticket To Dream (third win from six starts); Snippets Secret, scorer of her fourth win from 16 appearances when winner at Doomben January 4; and Sunshine Coast winners Bahsa (successful at fourth start) and Withdru (five outings, two successive wins).
These performers are among 520 winners of 1788 races and earners of just on $30million supplied by Sequalo since he retired to Lyndhurst in 1997 after being a leading Melbourne sprinter. Others that have shown him up as a brilliant sire have included stakes winners Star of Shiraz, Burdekin Blues, Sequential Charm, Show Biz Kid and Bold Glance. Seventeen have each won ten or more races.
Sequalo ran forty times, mostly in Melbourne for ten wins at sprint distances, including his first five outings, seven feature races to Group 2 level, eight seconds, five thirds and $756,000.
One of his greatest efforts was a head second to Brawny Spirit when he won the Newmarket (1200m) in new Australasian record time. They are both by the same sire, the high class Irish sprinter Rustic Amber, a representative of the Hyperion male line.
Used over 101 mares in 2009 (94.4% fertility), 75 in 2010 (90.6%) and at least 60 in 2011, Sequalo has been very worthy of the long history of the Lyndhurst stud as a source of goodness. He shares the stallion yards with the Danehill emerging prolific source of winners Hidden Dragon and 2011 newcomer Drumbeats, a high class sprinter – 1600m performer by Redoute's Choice.
It was a well deserved metropolitan victory for Reilly Blue at Doomben on Christmas Eve, the five-year-old a prolific winner on the provincial circuit and a horse who has always promised to measure up in town.
A smart winner as an odds-on favourite at his previous outing at his home track Toowoomba, the Norm Hilton trained Sequalo gelding was always travelling nicely for Scott Seamer who was riding the gelding for the first time.
Increasing his impressive prize money tally to over $11,000, Reilly Blue has now won eight of his 20 starts with a further six placings to his credit.
Bred and part raced by Warwick breeder Bruce Reilly after whom he is named, Reilly Blue is out of the terrific race and broodmare Jillina Blue who Bruce also bred and raced.
This is a family he has enjoyed good success with, also racing Jillina Blue's dam Star Of Jillina who showed ability during a brief career.
Sadly she died after producing just two foals but Jillina Blue proved a great representative for her – winning 11 races, five of those in town.
And what a great job she is doing at stud, her first foal Lightning Blue by Celestial Dancer a winner and Reilly Blue her second.
The year after producing him she foaled an even more exciting type in the shape of Carry Me Bluey (by the late Carry The Flag), a horse who contests the Bernborough Handicap enroute to a Sydney campaign and a crack at the Gr.1 Doncaster Handicap.
Also the dam of a yearling filly by Sequalo, Jillina Blue is currently in foal to Lyndhurst's exciting young stallion Drumbeats.
It was a running double for Lyndhurst’s boys on Saturday September 17 with the race after Carry Me Bluey’s victory taken out in determined fashion by tough nine-year-old son of Sequalo Secrets Untold.
Catching the eye with a game Eagle Farm second at his previous outing, the Phillip Cox trained gelding was strongly fancied in the market and was always travelling like the winner.
Working forward from the outside gate with Larry Cassidy aboard, Secrets Untold lost his position at the 1000m, firstly getting back to fifth and then further back again. But he really got warmed up in the straight, charging home and getting to his rivals at the 100m before drawing clear.
As the winner of 13 races and just short of $500,000, Secrets Untold has proven a great bargain for the Cox stable – purchased for just $22,000 at the 2004 Magic Millions.
Bred by Sandra Pegler, he is a son of the very good broodmare Untold who paid a return visit to Sequalo last spring. A half sister by Balmerino to the stakes winner Station Mistress (in turn dam of the four times Listed winner Play Station), she is also dam of the multiple city winner Dead Cat Bounce.
There is no doubting the toughness of the Sequalo breed, his progeny often showing up early but best known for their ability to race on – and on.
One fine example of the Sequalo durability is his excellent son Sequallan who last Saturday, at the ripe old age of nine, was in winning form at Morphettville.
Sent out at double figure odds despite only just being beaten at the same track at his previous outing, the Stuart Gower trained gelding recorded his 15th career victory – and his fourth at metropolitan level.
The winner of over $420,000 in stakes, Sequallan has proven a great return on his yearling price of $25,000 – purchased by Kevin & Tanith O’Brien’s Lauriston Thoroughbreds at the 2004 Brisbane Bloodstock Bonus Yearling Sale.
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Gower was pleased to see Sequallan back in the winner’s circle – “there is still life in the ol’ fella,” he said, adding that “he has pulled up well.”A short freshen up is on the cards for Sequallan who will race again in around five week’s time.
Bred by C M Fraser Property, Sequallan is very much a Lyndhurst product, his dam Isobelle Ellen being a daughter of the late and great Celestial Dancer. She has proven an outstanding broodmare, Sequallan being a stakes winner as is his full sister Shysu.
Again served by Sequalo last spring, Isobelle Ellen has two unnamed colts by him – and we look forward to seeing them on the track in the future.
Sequalo continued on with his good form at Eagle Farm on Wednesday, four-year-old Amber Ale recording a strong victory over 1000m.
It was the second win in a row for the Michael Nolan trained bay who had dug deep when saluting at his previous outing at Ipswich and his overall tally reads very well – four wins and three placings from 13 starts.
Consistent and tough (characteristics of the Sequalo breed), Amber Ale was bred by Sequalo share holder Leigh Lord who sold the talented galloper as a yearling at the QTIS 600 Sale for $28,000.
Enjoying cheering him on, Leigh has however been frustrated by her mare Academy Song’s reluctance to carry a foal in recent years – the well related daughter of Royal Academy slipping to Sequalo at her last two seasons.
She does however a two-year-old Sequalo colt in whom Leigh has retained a share and hopes are high for that fellow.
Academy Song is a daughter of the city winning Danehill mare Songlines, half sister to the 1000 Guineas heroine Whisked – dam of the multiple Gr.1 winner Tie The Knot.