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Prince of Boom wins on debut - by Kristen Manning

Prince of Boom wins on debut - by Kristen Manning
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A large group of enthusiastic and excited owners have been on a high since a dominant debut victory recorded by the very promising Adrenaline Thoroughbreds gelding Prince Of Boom at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.

Well supported on the back of good jump-out and trial showings, the son of outstanding Queensland stallion Spirit Of Boom quickly improved off a slightly tardy start in the 1000m two-year-old maiden, patiently steered by Ben Thompson.

Though he felt the horse was travelling well enough to take off early, Thompson was happy to wait until making the turn to get him into the clear - Prince Of Boom swinging widest into the straight.

And it was soon over, Prince Of Boom joining the lead with 300m to go, getting clear from the 200m - his winning margin a most impressive 4 3/4 lengths.

"That was fun!" Thompson enthused.

"We drew awkwardly but left it to him, I rode him like a good horse and he killed them... we have found a nice one."

Trainer Robert Heathcote agreed, noting that "he is a real talent and a bright future awaits him."

"He confirmed the nice opinion we have of him by winning his debut run in brilliant style, I think we have got a pretty smart horse here."

"I have loved him from day one," he continued, "he has got a ton of ability and he has ticked every box at his first start. Long experience shows me that only good horses can do what he did, he was very impressive."

Also watching on was Scott McAlpine of Eureka Stud - home to Spirit Of Boom and breeders of Prince Of Boom.

"He was impressive," he said, adding that a Spirit Of Boom winner on heavy going is not that common, making the win all the more noteworthy.

"The time was good and I suspect that he has much more to offer," he said, describing the bay as "a big, strong, well developed horse."

So taken with Prince Of Boom that he nominated him for the Gr.2 Sires' Produce Stakes and the Gr.1 J.J Atkins, Robert Heathcote is now considering his next move - whether it be backing him up in at Gr.3 level at Doomben on Saturday or taking another, quieter path to the black-type aims.

"We will only run him if he is ready to back up," said Adrenaline's Paul Bita, "and win, lose or draw we have a very nice prospect who I think we will be enjoying for some time to come."

"Our main aim is to look after him and in the long run have a lot of fun!"

"He has surprised us how well he had come to hand at two, being a big scopey horse who will no doubt get better as he matures. We are all looking forward to seeing how he develops."

Drawing barrier 1 on Saturday, Prince Of Boom would be an apt runner and winner should he take his place - the race formerly known as the Champagne Classic this year being run as the Spirit Of Boom Classic!

Whichever way Prince Of Boom heads, he is bound to prove competitive... he has the talent, the constitution and the conformation to succeed, as well as the breeding!

Prince Of Boom is a son of the wonderful galloper Spirit Of Boom who earned so many fans during his lengthy and highly successful racing career, one which saw him win nine of his 52 starts with a further 20 placings to his credit.

Amassing in excess of $2.4 million in stakes, Spirit Of Boom won five races at stakes level including the Gr.1 Doomben 10,000, the Gr.1 William Reid Stakes and the Gr.2 Caulfield Sprint.

In form at two - only just beaten in Listed company at debut - he had six juvenile starts, winning half of those including the Listed Ken Russell Memorial. He went on to perform consistently in the best of sprinting company for another four seasons and was still racing in great heart at the end of his career; winning his penultimate start (defeating his classy half-brother Temp;e Of Boom in the Doomben 10,000) and at his finale finishing a gallant close-up fourth as topweight in the Gr.1 Stradbroke Handicap.

A sensation at stud, Spirit Of Boom has already sired 187 individual winners of 431 races; an excellent winners-to-runners strike rate of 66.8%. And 11 of his sons and daughters are stakes winners including this year's Magic Millions Sprint hero Jonker and the Group winners Boomsara and Spirits Aubeer.

Another nine of Spirit Of Boom's progeny are stakes placed, another 38 are metropolitan winners... meaning that over 31% of his winners are at least city class!

Already boasting in excess of $20.7 million in progeny earnings, Spirit Of Boom fares particularly well with certain breeding lines; patterns that Prince Of Boom certainly has. He is his sire's 13th winner line-bred to Semipalatinsk, his 81st line-bred to Danehill and his sixth (from just nine runners) line-bred to the terrific mare Never Too Late, dam of Spirit Of Boom's third dam sire Without Fear and grandam of Prince Of Boom's fourth dam sire Head Over Heels

A bargain purchase for Adrenaline Thoroughbreds, Prince Of Boom is one of several Spirit Of Boom horses under their banner. And there are another three very nice types still looking for owners; just a few shares left in a handsome colt out of the Ad Valorem mare The Bar, an eye-catching filly out of the Northern Meteor mare Snow Fields and an impressive filly out of the More Than Ready mare Ready To Belong.

To be trained at the Sunshine Coast by the wonderful horseman Paul Jenkins, the first colt is out of the lightly raced winning The Bar (won't he be fun to name?!), half-sister to the Gr.1 winning sprinter Holler and five other winners out of the well related Strategic mare Shouts whose dam is the stakes winning juvenile Vocalist.

Vocalist did a great job at stud producing eight winners including the tough triple Gr.1 winner Yell and the Listed winner Sung, dam of the Gr.1 winning stallion Microphone.

What a great family this is, its other members including the Gr.1 winner Anthems and the outstanding stallion Written Tycoon.

Meanwhile the Snow Fields filly  who is to be trained by Prince Of Boom's trainer Robert Heathcote - is also well related, her dam being a Doomben 2Y0 winning half-sister to the stakes winner Torah from the family of the big race winners Isolda and Grand Arch. And she boasts an exciting pedigee - her sire and dam line-bred to the same prolific Rough Shod II family via Thatch, Northern Meteor, Fairy King and Geiger Counter; great genes!

Also a member of the Robert Heathcote stable is the filly out Ready To Belong. A $170,000 Easter graduate by the great stallion More Than Ready, Ready To Belong is a daughter of the terrific mare Belong To Many, winner of eight races (four of those at stakes level), also dam of the Gr.3 galloper Native Soldier.

Each of these youngsters were subject to Adrenaline's stringent buying criteria and offer great value to the owner... and a fantastic chance to join a winning team racing for the lovely lucrative QTIS bonuses.